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A Small House in the Dojran Lake and a fishing boat

Dojran (Macedonian: Дојран, Mk-Dojran.ogg [dɔjran] ) is a city located on the western shore of Dojran Lake in the south-eastern part of the Republic of Macedonia. Dojran is made up of two fisherman's towns; Nov (New) Dojran (settled from the end of World War I to World War II) and Star (Old) Dojran, which contains both old ruins and recent construction, especially hotels, resorts and restaurants. Dojran is located 170 km from Skopje, 59 km from Strumica and some 30km from Gevgelija. The nearest airports are Thessaloniki International Airport and Skopje Airport. Dojran's mayor is currently Risto Gušev.

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History

Dojran, primarily Star Dojran, was first settled in pre-historic times, and the first written record of the city was in the 5th century in which the Greek historian Herodotus, wrote about the Paionians, ancient Thraco-Illyrian people, who started and expanded the city. Herodotus notes how the Paionians, lived in settlements accessible only by boats, settlements which still exist today on the west and the north shores of Dojran Lake, in between the cane zones and the lake itself. The economy of Dojran has always been primarily dependent on fishing and success in the business is attributed to the traditional ancient fishing method used by the fishermen.

Turkish rule

Dojran developed according to the Turkish model of an Islamic city. The upper part was profoundly impacted by Turkish influence, with narrow streets; whereas the lower part retained its Macedonian roots, crossed with wide streets and modern public buildings. Houses were usually two-storeyed, arranged amphitheatrically, with a view onto the lake. The style of architecture was so similar to that of Salonica that Dojran came to be known as "Small Salonica". The Bazaar, near Dojran Lake, had 300 shops and craft workshops. Many Turkish dignitaries settled there after being stunned by the beauty of the city.

World War I devastated the city physically and economically; destroying many cultural monuments and the fishing business. The population was forced to desert the city to escape bombardment. After the war the population returned and formed Nov Dojran. Today the two villages are seen as one town though most new buildings are located in Star Dojran, and are devoted to attracting tourism.

Architecture

The Amam (Hamam) is a Turkish bath located in the upper part of the city and in the past it was inhabited by the Turkish population. The year it was built is unknown and only parts of the tower remain. The Church of St. Ilija was built in 1874 in the northern part of the city. The current state of the church; fragments of paintings, suggests that the church walls were originally covered with frescos. Dojran is also significant archeologically due to numerous discoveries of accidental or systematic excavations including relief, marble plates with Greek inscriptions, remainders of walls, coins and tombs with epitaphs.

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Coordinates: 41°10′45″N 22°43′29″E / 41.179166666667°N 22.724722222222°E / 41.179166666667; 22.724722222222


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Dojran
Dojran

Dojran is a touristic pearl in Eastern Macedonia. It is made up of two fisherman's towns; Nov Dojran (settled from the end of World War I to World War II) and Star Dojran, which contains both old ruins and recent construction, especially hotels, resorts and restaurants.

Get in

The only ways to get in are by car or by bus.

Get around

Walking or using a car is the best ways to get around because Dojran is a small town.

Dojran Lake
Dojran Lake
  • Dojran Lake - the lake is 42 square km (16 sq mi) big, and about 10 meters (33 ft) deep. It is by far the smallest of the three major lakes in Macedonia.
  • St. Ilja - built in 1874 in the northern part of Dojran. The current state of the church; fragments of paintings, suggests that the church walls were originally covered with frescos. Dojran is also significant archaeologically, due to numerous discoveries and excavations of marble plates with Greek inscriptions, remainders of walls, and coins and tombs with epitaphs.
  • Clock Tower - was built in the 14th century. According to the legend passed down through many generations, the tower was built by Evrenos-beg, in honor of the conquest of Dojran. During the First World War, the tower was partially destroyed, and it remains in the same condition today.
  • Turkish Bath - is in the upper part of the city, inhabited by the Turkish population, in the past. The time of construction is not known.

Do

Dojran is great for fishing, swimming, and other beach activities since it is on Dojran Lake.

Eat

Dojran is the only place where you can eat fish baked on straws. Here is a list of some popular restaurants in Dojran:

  • Fuk-Tak, Tel: 389-225-320.
  • Prezident Pizzeria, Tel: 389-225-146.
  • Restaurant Babarela, Tel: 389-071-560-556 -the best traditional hot meals in the town from €1 to €3

Sleep

Dojran has several beautiful hotels on the lake. Most are located in Star Dojran. Some nice hotels in Dojran are:

  • Villa Dojrana, luxury Villa located in the heart of Star Dojran, tel: +389 71 584 186, e-mail:villadojrana@yahoo.com
  • Atlantik, Tel: 389-34-225-660. this four star hotel is the finest in all of Dojran.
  • Polin, Tel: 389-34-225-770. €18/person/night (Apr-2008)
  • Istatov, Tel: 389-34-227-556. €20/person/night (Apr-2008)
  • Nota, 389-034-225-456.  edit
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