Pelagonija

Mečkin Kamen

  Mečkin Kamen     15 Oct 2019
Five kilometres south of town at the end of the track that leads past Kruševo’s paraglider launching spot, the Mečkin Kamen—Bear Stone—monument commemorates revolutionary hero Pitu Gili (1865-1903) and his soldiers’ defence against the Turkish army at this very spot during the August 1903 Ilinden Uprising against Ottoman rule and occupation. Depicting a revolutionary soldier throwing a bolder in an allusion to the story that when the fighters ran out of bullets they began throwing stones at the Turks, the event inspired the creation of the short-lived Kruševo Republic and is a story the locals carry in their blood from an early age. Drive as far as you can to the end of the track and find it hidden away in a group of trees.

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