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Square in Berovo.JPG
Flag of Berovo
Official seal of Berovo
Berovo is located in Republic of Macedonia
Location within Macedonia
Coordinates: 41°42′36″N 22°51′0″E / 41.71000°N 22.85000°E / 41.71000; 22.85000Coordinates: 41°42′36″N 22°51′0″E / 41.71000°N 22.85000°E / 41.71000; 22.85000
Country  Macedonia
Municipality Berovo Municipality
 • Mayor Dragi Nadzinski (VMRO-DPMNE)
Elevation 986 m (3,235 ft)
Population ([citation needed])
 • Total 7,002
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 2330
Area code(s) +389 033
Car plates KO
Climate Cfb
Website www.berovo.gov.mk/

Berovo (Macedonian: Берово [ˈbɛrɔvɔ]) is a small town near the Maleševo Mountains, 161 km (100 mi) from Skopje, 47 km (29 mi) from Strumica and 52 km (32 mi) from Kočani, in the Republic of Macedonia. It is the seat of Berovo Municipality.


There are 7,002 residents in the town of Berovo.

Number %
TOTAL 7,002 100
Macedonians 6,404 91.45
Roma 459 6.55
others 139 1.98


In the late 19th and early 20th century, Berovo was part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. As a result of the Balkan Wars, the town was included in the area ceded in 1913 to the Kingdom of Serbia, which in 1918 joined the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (renamed Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929). From 1929 to 1941, Berovo was part of the Vardar Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. From 1941 to 1944, during the Axis occupation of Yugoslavia, Berovo, as most of Vardar Macedonia, was annexed by the Kingdom of Bulgaria.


Berovo Lake

Sustained by the Bregalnica River, Berovo stands at 830–900 m (2,723–2,953 ft) above sea level and can be reached by car using a single asphalt road leading to the city. Berovo lake and the forest of the Maleshevo Mountains are two popular sites for tourists and Berovo craftsmen are well known for their skill in traditional wood crafting. Berovo cheese is also a well-known commodity.


Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael[edit]

Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael

The first monastery in Berovo was built between 1815 until it was consecrated in 1818. Enlightener Joachim Krcovski was among those present at the consecration. Historical data concerning the construction of the church and the monastery is inconclusive, but it is known that circumstances were very difficult.

In the early 19th century Berovo was a rural settlement with around two hundred houses and one small church that had fallen into decay. The inhabitants at the time decided to have a new church built at the site known as Mogila. The parish priest, Friar Peco, was assigned to obtain a building permit from the Turkish authorities in Radoviš. The Turkish governor Vali gave a building permit but made sure to set conditions for construction of the church as difficult as possible. The church was to be built low, below the road level and not to be seen, construction was to end in forty days, and Fr Peco was to give his youngest daughter, Sultana, to the harem. The people of the town prevailed and the church building was finished and covered with stone blocks, soot, and lime (so as not to be noticed) in 40 days. Seeing that the church had been completed, Vali immediately ordered the deaths of three church elders in front of the church, and since Sultana had fled to Kyustendil, Friar Peco was imprisoned for three years. When Sultana found out that Vali had been murdered by komitas, she promptly returned to Berovo.

Female monastery[edit]

Monastery in Berovo

The first female monastery, located at the exit from Berovo leading to the dam and the lake, was built in 1940 in a 19th-century architectural opus, twenty years after the construction of the Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael, and the first nuns were the daughter-in-law and the daughter of Friar Risto, a son-in-law of Friar Peco. They had their monastic tonsure (removal of the hair of the head) with a blessing from the Rila Monastery's abbott. Eugenia I was the first abbess of the monastery, the second – Eugenia II, the third – Eugenia III, and the fourth abbess was Eulampia in 1958 by the first Archbishop of Ohrid, Dositheus. At its peak, in the first half of the twentieth century, the monastery numbered up to sixty nuns, with a rich and developed economy, a theological seminary, a weaving mill, and the first single-phase hydro-power plant in this area was in the monastery.

The three gates of the church face the town, the river and the pine forest. A large porch dominates the monastery yard and in the dimness of its interior oil lamps lighten images of saints, painted in a characteristic style that is antonymic to Byzantine canons. Only one icon, that of Noah, painted by George Veljanov from Strumica in 1818. From 1897 to 1920 the painter Gavril Atanasov also worked in the monastery. The icon of the Dormition of the Theotokos was painted by Gregory Pecanov from Strumica in 1878. The residential quarters are of a free-style construction. They attract with the warmth of the wood used, shaped in a 19th-century old-urban style.

Four sisters who came from the Veljusa monastery live together with the last nun of the previous lineage. The sisterhood of the monastery is active in Byzantine style icon painting. The beginnings of the renewal of fresco painting in Macedonian monasteries was started by the sisterhood.

The Hesychastic (14th century Greek sect of Christianity) monastery typikon functions as a place of prayer, a holy hesychasterion. The upper floor of the church was recently turned into a small chapel dedicated to St. Gregory Palamas.

Local Politics[edit]

As of the municipal elections 2009 the new mayor of Berovo is Dragi Nadzinski.

Twin cities[edit]

People from Berovo[edit]


External links[edit]

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Sat, 23 Jan 2016 04:53:50 -0800

Quite recently, they also got the second tender for construction of sewage systems between Berovo and Pehcevo in eastern Macedonia. As far as I know, there are no Macedonian investments in Slovakia. The current balance of trade comes to only about 100 ...

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:03:45 -0700

Opština Berovo je preko veb-stranice građanima tog dela Makedonije ponudila listu velikih pevačkih imena, kako bi izabrali onu pravu koja će ih uveseljavati za Veliku Gospojinu. Trijumfovao je Zdravko Čolić sa 1.550 glasova, ispred Severine Vučković ...


Thu, 07 Aug 2014 05:22:30 -0700

The torrential rain that swept Macedonia yesterday was strongest in southeast city of Berovo, with 67 liters/square meter, followed by the Western city of Krusevo wih 51 liters. The station in the capital Skopje measured 15 liters. The storm was ...

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Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:45:11 -0800

U Makedoniji je zbog snežnih padavina danas uvedena zabrana saobraćaja za kamione na putu Berovo-Strumica, objavio je posle podne Auto- moto savez Makedonije (AMSM).Pored tog puta, zabrana za teška tovarna vozila i autobuse važi još na putu ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:56:15 -0700

Dina Mucunska, General Manager of Hotel Manastir in Berovo, the highest rated Macedonian hotel on booking.com, has been on the forefront of these changes. Her hard work, enthusiasm and positive energy have made her one of the most powerful women ...

ABC Online

ABC Online
Tue, 29 Dec 2015 17:23:29 -0800

The group is regarded as one of the world's best Balkan brass bands, with two wins at the prestigious Guča Festival in Serbia. Hailing from the small country town of Berovo in Macedonia, near the Bulgarian border, the group of musicians are Romani ...

Pacific University

Pacific University
Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Dreković was born in Berovo, Macedonia and at the present time lives in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. His exhibit at Pacific, "Balkan Blues,” appears in the Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art through Oct. 30, and is his first to appear in the United States.


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 03:15:00 -0800

However, the towns of Bitola and Berovo have to cope with the coldest weather where the temperatures have dropped to - 10 C. They are followed by Strumica, Tetovo, Prilep and Skopje with -8 C, Demir Kapija, Kumanovo and Kriva Palanka measured -7C, ...

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