Dojran & Gevgelija

First World War

more than a year ago
October 1915, the particularly fierce and violent battles, that completely devastated the area and that cost several thousand lives on both sides, ended in stale mate at the end of the third Battle of Doiran in September 1918 when the Bulgarian army withdrew. An increasingly popular destination for war tourism, the area contains several battle-related sights, including the Orthodox Church of St. Ilija in Dojran itself and a few Bulgarian trenches in the mountains at Kale Tepe a few kilometres west of Dojran. Several online resources are available to find out more, or simply visit Star Dojran and ask around for help. Getting to the most interesting sights requires patience, energy, water and a mountain bike or 4x4. Just over the border in Greece are a number of similar sights, including a military cemetery just outside the small village of Drosato some 8km from the border where 1,338 British soldiers are buried.


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