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Vranje

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Vranje is a city in the southern Serbia, with a population around 100,000. It's influenced by many different periods of history (as early as Roman times), but most of the historical heritage in this town is from the Ottoman period. People of Vranje are kind, generous and passionate. They are a bit bohemian and melancholic, and many of them like old folk music, which local singers are performing live in traditional Serbian "kafanas".

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Pasini Konaci Mansions (18th century)
  • Markovo Kale - The Fortress of Vranje

11th Century fortress lies 4 kilometers northwest of the city on the slopes of the mountain Krstilovica.

  • The White Bridge

This small stone bridge is a symbol of the city, based on a tragic tale of forbidden love between the Muslim girl and Christian boy that resulted with killing the couple by the girl's father. After that, he built the bridge where he had killed them, and he inscribed the story in Ottoman Arabic letters.

  • Prohor Pcinjski Monastery

Built in 11th Century on the slopes of the mountain Kozjak, in the village of Klenike (30 km south of Vranje). It is second largest Serbian monastery. It was founded by the Byzantine emperor Romanus IV, in honor of Saint Prohor of river Pčinja, who prophesied that Romanus would become the emperor. In 14th century, the monastery was destroyed by the Ottomans, but rebuilt and repainted some years later.

  • Turkish Bath

Hamam or Turkish Bath was built near the end of 17th century. Its authentic architecture can only be found in Skopje, Sarajevo, Belgrade and Prizren. It was built of cut stone and brick and it consists of changing rooms, places for swimming and water reservoirs. The roof has five domes covered with tiles and glass oculi which illuminates the interior.

  • Pasini Konaci Mansions

In the center of the city there are two large Ottoman style mansions built in 1765, which host a very impressive city museum. Back in time, one house was used as a place where only men lived, while the other one was Harem for Pasa's wives.

  • Birth-house museum of writer Bora Stankovic

An old 19-century house, which keeps memories and old objects of the famous Serbian writer Bora Stankovic.

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Regular buses are going to Nis and Skopje few times a day, both cities are approximately 100 km away.

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