In the northwest on the outskirts of the modern city of Prilep, under “Marko’s towers” (Маркови Кули) the Varoš neighborhood is located, a former suburb of “King Marko city”.
In Tabula Peutingeriana, on the road, Stobi – Heraklea the Ceramiae station is marked, which presumably can be later shaped into an urban settlement, located on the site of the present Varoš.
This assertion is supported by various fragments and sculptures derived from Roman time, which were found on this site in the town of Prilep.
The geographical location was conducive for the creation of settlement since ancient times. According to some scientists, the medieval fortress “Marko’s towers” (Маркови Кули) which rises above Varoš is built by the Illyrians and Romans for defensive purposes.
Varoš as settlement persisted through the later periods, and according to residues of preserved churches, undoubtedly prove the intense life that evolved in the Middle Ages.
The First Slavic inscription is found, written in Cyrillic letters, on the porch of the church Saint Archangel, in which is mentioned the bishop Andreja.
Traces of Slavic culture are found in several places in Varosh neighborhood and along the slopes of Marko’s towers. This is confirmed by recent archaeological research that was systematically conducted in this area.
From the numerous churches that were built in the Varosh area, today are preserved: St. Nichola (Св. Никола), Monastery of St. Archangel Michael (Манастир Св. Архангел Михаил), St. Demetrius (Св. Димитриј), St. Athanasius (Св. Атанасие), Saints Peter and Paul (Св. Петар и Павле) and church of St. Mary (Св. Богородица).
St. Nichola (Св. Никола),
St. Demetrius (Св. Димитриј)
St. Athanasius (Св. Атанасие),
Saints Peter and Paul (Св. Петар и Павле)
St. Mary (Св. Богородица).