The focus of this tour is upon Kokino, an archaeological site from Bronze Age period and a prehistoric archaeon-astronomical observatory which gain the attention of scientists and media since the moment it was discovered in 2001. Whether you approach to Kokino from Kumanovo or Kriva Palanka, the moment you see the craters from the small ancient dried volcanoes, you know that you’ve reached the Northeastern part of Macedonia.
Learn about local history
Archaeologically tested and astronomically proved, this advanced community which settled Kokino around 1800 BC, used very complicated mathematical equations for observing the sky and the celestial phenomena. We are very lucky they left marks around the stones and rock in shape of markers while observing the rising of the sun during the summer and winter solstice, spring, fall equinox and many other celestial phenomena in the time when they lived.
Explore the sights
On the way back driving through the Northeast region of Macedonia, just along the road the tour stops at the “Holly Oaks”, small resting area with benches, used by locals as picnic place and considered as sacred for many centuries. The tour will proceed towards the village of Staro Nagorichane where participants will be spellbound by the picturesque and original Byzantine church dedicated to the St. George, commissioned by Serbian king Milutin and erected in 1313 above the older remains. Next-door to the church is the monk cell of Prohor Pchinjski, a monk from 11 century which lived in this area and one of the 4th originally rooted Orthodox saints from the territory of the Republic of Macedonia.
- Enjoy in the landscape filled with the craters from the small ancient dried volcanoes
- Stand in front of the thrones in Kokino made in 1800 BC for celestial and ritual purpose
- Learn about local history admiring the original frescos in St. George church from 1313
- Visit the place of Prohor Pchinjski one of the 4th originally rooted Orthodox saints from the territory of the Republic of Macedonia
Departure: from meeting point
Departure time: 08:00 am
Duration: 5-6 hrs
Guide: Vasilka Dimitrovska, M. Sci in prehistoric archaeology and professional tourist guide
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