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Радовиш
Radoviš
—  City  —
Centre of Radoviš

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РадовишRadoviš is located in Republic of Macedonia
Радовиш
Radoviš
Location in the Republic of Macedonia
Coordinates: 41°38′10″N 22°28′0″E / 41.63611°N 22.466667°E / 41.63611; 22.466667Coordinates: 41°38′10″N 22°28′0″E / 41.63611°N 22.466667°E / 41.63611; 22.466667
Country  Macedonia
Municipality Radovis flag.png Radoviš municipality
Government
 - Mayor Robert Velkov, MD
Area
 - Total 374.5 km2 (144.6 sq mi)
Elevation 380 m (1,247 ft)
Population (2002)
 - Total 16,223
 Density 43.32/km2 (26.92/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Post codes 2420, 2421
Area code(s) 032 (+389 32)
Patron saint Saint Spaso of Radoviš[1]
Website www.radovis.gov.mk
Radoviš
Radoviš

Radoviš (Macedonian: Радовиш, Radovishvoice.ogg [ˈradɔviʃ] ) is a city positioned in the southeastern part of the Republic of Macedonia. It is the second largest city in the southeastern region. The city is the seat of Radoviš Municipality, which is spread on the bottom of Plačkovica Mountain and the northern part of the Strumica valley. The main road M6 Štip–Radoviš-Strumica is tangentially placed on the township of Radoviš. This road is a main communication route with other parts of the country.

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History

The city of Radoviš was mentioned for the first time in 1019 during the reign of the Byzantine King Basil II (which was the name of the city during the Middle Ages. At this time in history, Radoviš is an important center for regional trade, craftsmanship and mining. At that time, the town was located in the North-West of the town's present location, on the banks of the Old river, where we can find traces of several churches, for example St. Archangel church.

In the 14th century, after the destruction of the Byzantine Empire, Radoviš found itself in the Serb medieval state. In 1361, the tsar Uroš sojourned in Radoviš. During the Ottoman Empire, in the 17th Century under the Kyustendil sanjak, it belonged to the diocese of the Kustendil metropolitan. At that time, the town had 3,000–4,000 inhabitants.

The Medieval period of Radoviš is characterized by the expansion and development of Radoviš and its surroundings. The economical, political and educational histories of the region can attest to this. In the territory of the Municipality of Radoviš are located both explored and unexplored archeological sites, monasteries, and churches all of which are truly a part of a rich heritage of culture monuments. In addition, this territory dates back to prehistoric times and contain artifacts from the Neolithic, Eneolithic, Halsta and the Bronze Ages. In the time of Philip the Second and Alexander the Great, poems about the territory of the Municipality of Radoviš were written. Also, numerous remains date back to Roman times and even earlier. Additional findings include ancient settlements, terms and aqueducts.

During the 19th and 20th centuries Radoviš and surrounding regions, were influenced by the historical events related to the Razlovo, Kresnensko and Ilinden Uprisings along with the events related to the Balkans, First and Second World War influenced the entire micro region. During Turkish hegemony in Macedonia in the 16th century, the micro region was populated by a nomadic Turkish population called the Juraci, an ethnic group that still exists to this day in this part of the world. The documents Kustendilski metropolitan from the 17th century are also called "Radoviš documents". By the end of the 18th century Radoviš was a city surrounded by the old fortress, the remains of which also exist today. The former main road to Strumica from Pomoravje through Kumanovo, Ovce Pole and Radoviško Pole led to Thessaloniki and the Orphan Bay

Name

Almost one millennium ago, Radoviš' queen (a princess of Slavic origin) Rada, was looking from the wall of the fortress (the old castle) when she became upset by her fiancee's exclamation "Rado Vish" (Rada look!). This exclamation that was supposed to warn her of the enemy attack, became according to the legend the name of the city, a synonym of its endurance over the centuries to come.

Municipality

The area of the municipality is 497,48 km². Radoviš municipality has 28,244 inhabitants, according to the last census (2002). Population density is 56/km². It is populated mainly with Macedonians and partly with Turkish minority. In the Municipality of Radoviš ethnic conflicts and intolerance are unknown.

36 villages are also part of the municipality of Radoviš.

Government

The mayor of Radoviš is elected directly. The current mayor is Robert Velkov, MD. He was elected in April 2009.

Climate

The Climate of Radoviš is Mediterranean-continental, with 112 sunny days.

Population and ethnicities

According to the census performed in 2002,[2] the population of the city of Radoviš is 16,233 inhabitants.

The ethnic structure of the population living in the city is:

Religion

Radoviš is mainly orthodox city, also there are Muslims, Protestants and Catholics. There are three orthodox churches, the new one Holy Trinity, the old one St.Ilija, and St.King Konstantin and Queen Elena from the 18th century. Many orthodox monasteries St. Archangel Michail, St. Pantaleon, St. George, etc. Also, various Protestant churches, such as two Methodist churches, Baptist church, Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall etc. And two islamic mosques.

Transport

Radoviš is linked with the neighbour cities Štip and Strumica by road.

Roads:

The natioanl road M6 passes near Radoviš. It is the only way to arrive in the city. To the north the closest city is Štip (37 km from Radoviš), and to the south Strumica (29 km). Radoviš is 121 km far from the capital Skopje.

Airports:

The closest airport is Skopje Alexander the Great Airport located near the capital Skopje, about 100 kilometers north from Radoviš.

Taxis and Buses:

The Radoviš bus station is located on the boulevard Alexander of Macedon, it is 500 meters far from the city center . The bus station connects the city with the capital Skopje, Bitola, Prilep and the neibourgh cities. Taxis are all over the city. The price for a drive in the city is about 0.80 euro or 50 Macedonian denars. Taxis can also drive to the villages or to other Macedonian cities.

Media and Communications

There are two private local TV channels: Kobra and Emi, also two cable TV operators, DVB-T (MPEG-4), DirectToHome TV, two local radio stations, Internet Providers (Cable, ADSL, WDSL, WiFi) and WiFi hotspots across the city. The three national mobile operators have full 3G coverage.

Sport and leisure

The people in Radoviš, especially its youngest inhabitants, like sports. Favorite sports are soccer and basketball. Radoviš has its own soccer club "Jaka". Lebari are the supporters of the Radovish football club Jaka.The name "LEBARI"(Macedonian Cyrillic:Лебари)was formed in 1991.They generally support all clubs in Radovish, and mostly wear green and yellow simbols,which are the group colors. In the past and now, Radoviš rightly carries the attribute of a "sports city". It can freely be called "The metropolis of wrestling in free and Greco-Roman style" in Europe and worldwide after Radoviš' favorite club BK "Bučim-Jaka" won the titles "European Club Champion in 1995" and "World Club Champion in 1996". The final competition for those titles as well as for many other tournaments such as "Balkan Championship in Wrestling, Free and Greco-Roman Style" 1991 and "Macedonian Pearl" were held in the Sport Center in Radoviš "25 Maj".

The new sport center Šampion (Спортски Ценар и Ресторан Шампион - Радовиш) build in the year 1999 which consists of: basketball courts, table tennis facility, handball court, soccer fields and gym, an Olympic swimming pool, small swimming pool, tennis courts, and a restaurant.

Schools and education

There are two elementary schools: "Krste Petkov Misirkov" with about 1300 students and "Nikola Karev" with about 1100 students from 6 to 14 years old.

One high school "Kosta Susinov" with about 1200 students from 15 to 18 years old, where students can choose among several profiles: general gymnasium, social sciences and languages, social sciences and law, natural science and computer science.

From the academic year 2008 one faculty is established in Radoviš, the Faculty of Electrical engineering which belongs to the Goce Delčev University of Štip.

Economy and industry

Economy of Radoviš runs through several industrial activities such as: Industry, Building and Construction, Agriculture, Livestock Farming, Mining, Business, Tourism and Hospitality, Banking, Insurance, Health Industry, Crafts, Services, Travel, Transportation.

The industry in Radoviš consists of several factories such as:

- Jakatabak, AD - for purchasing and manufacturing of tobacco

- Jaka 80, AD - for manufacturing of pharmaceutical, cosmetic and nutritional products

- Goldmak, AD - that produces golden and silver jewelry

- Šik Plačkovica - a company that produces cooked and uncooked beech materials and final products made of it

- Best Food - Best Food TI DOO that processes vegetables and fruits

- Radost Radoviš formerly Kooperant (Mlekara Radovis) - A company for purchasing and production of milk and milk products

- Textille & clothing factures (Mardi, Koneli, Markos, Martekst, Lukas...)

- There are several other small manufactures except these, mainly in the private sector such as: butcheries, meat manufacturing, production and packiging of soft drinks and juices.

In the metal manufacturing industry the most important capacities are:

- Metalpromet

- Semi

Besides the mine Bučim, these capacities are the center of the industry in Radoviš. The mine Bučim and the above mentioned factories employ the biggest number of people.

- Bučim is the only active mine in the municipality of Radoviš and the only mine for copper and gold in Macedonia. Bučim employs about 500 people. It is one of the most important industrial object in Radoviš and a driving force of the Radoviš's industry and economy. The mine (directly and indirectly) contributed significantly to the initiation of other industrial activities such as the building industry, business, hospitality industry, transport and others. Bučim is also the place where many professionals needed by the municipality of Radoviš and by Macedonia gained their first experience.

Mining is for many years the most important industrial activity in the municipality of Radoviš. After the closing down of the ironwork in Skopje, the mine Damjan stopped working as well.

Building and Construction in Radoviš is an important industrial activity.

- Stil is the largest building company.

- Besides Stil there are many other private entrepreneurs in the building industry. Their activities are mainly focused toward the individual building of residential housing and building of small industrial objects as well as weekend houses.

Other activities in the municipality of Radoviš are banking, insurance, transportation, travel, taxi-services and hospitality industry.

People from Radoviš

Some notable people born in Radoviš are:

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External links

References

  1. ^ www.radovis.gov.mk Saint Spaso of Radoviš proclaimed new city patron. (Macedonian)
  2. ^ 2002 census results in English and Macedonian (PDF)
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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Radoviš (Радовиш in Macedonian) is a city positioned in the southeastern part of Macedonia. The city contains 16,223 people with an absolute Macedonian majority. It is famous for the new Holy Trinity Orthodox church.

History

The city of Radoviš was mentioned for the first time in 1019 during the reign of the Byzantine King Basil II (which was the name of the city during the middle ages. At this time in history, Radoviš is an important center for regional trade, craftsmanship and mining. At that time, the town was located in the North-West of the town's present location, on the banks of the Old river, where we can find traces of several churches, for example St. Archangel church.

In the 14th century, after the destruction of the Byzantine Empire, Radoviš found itself in the Serb medieval state. In 1361, the tsar Uroš sojourned in Radoviš. During the Ottoman Empire, in the 17th Century under the Kyustendil sanjak, it belonged to the diocese of the Kustendil metropolitan. At that time, the town had 3,000–4,000 inhabitants.

Get In

By plane

The closest airport (100 km from Radoviš) is "Alexander the Great Airport" (SKP) in the capital Skopje.

By train

There is no train station in the city. The closest train station is in the city Štip, 40 km from Radoviš.

By bus

There are buses from the capital Skopje every 1 hour, passing through Veles and Štip, starting from the morning, and the last bus is in 19.00 (7:00 pm). The trip takes 2.5 hours (121 km) and costs ~300 denars (~ 5 euro). There is one bus departing from Bitola at 14:00 (2:00 pm) and passing through Prilep, Kavadarci, Negotino and arrives in Radoviš at 17:00. The trip takes 3 hours and costs ~300 denars. Also, there are 2 buses from the nearby city Strumica. The ticket costs ~100 denars, and it is a 30 minutes trip.

By car

The road is new and modern, it is easy to travel and arrive in the city, you can reach Radoviš from south Strumica, or from the north, Štip. The main road M6 Štip - Strumica is tangentially placed on the township of Radoviš. This road is a main communication route with other parts of the country.

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Holy Trinity Orthodox church

The Radoviš area is full of things to see. Aside from hiking the nearby mountain Plačkovica, visitors shouldn’t leave without visiting the famous orthodox church Holy Trinity (Sveta Trojca).

  • Holy Trinity Orthodox church (Sveta Trojca/Света Тројца in Macedonian) - The building of the church was financed by the Macedonian businessman Risto Gusterov. The church has been built in the past seven years. It covers an area of about 5,000 square meters. The interior and the exterior of the church were designed by the Ukrainian painter Anatolij Gajdanaka and they are based on the Macedonian orthodox church traditions.
  • St. Ilija (Sveti Ilija/Свети Илија in Macedonian) - The old orthodox church
  • St. Archangel monastery (Sveti Arahangel manastir/Свети Арахангел манастир in Macedonian)

Talk

Almost every young person speaks English, but it may be a problem with an older person, so a phrasebook is handy. Speakers of Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian and Slovene should have no problem getting by. German, French and Italian are also very useful.

Buy

In the centre of the city you can find ATMs (for Visa, Mastercard, Visa Elektron and Maestro), exchange offices and banks. The shops for clothing are located in the centre, while there are other shops in all the city. Also, for fresh food you can go to the Bazaar (Pazar/Пазар in Macedonian) located in the centre as well.

  • Restaurant Beverly Hills phone: +389-(0)32-630-940
  • Pizza Joker
  • Pizza Santa Maria
  • Pizza MeryJane phone: +389-(0)32-635-775, address: Geras Cunev n.10 (Герас Цунев бр. 10)
  • Restaurant Ambasador
  • Restaurant Shampion phone: +389-(0)32-634-454
  • Restaurant Karagjoz
  • Restaurant Pilav Tepe
  • Fast Food Gril Melani
  • Fast Food Angela
  • Full House - a night club
  • Club Diamond - a night club
  • Ti-Amo cafe
  • Escape cafe
  • Magnet cafe
  • Target cafe
  • Hotel Panorama
  • Hotel Bahamas phone: +389-(0)32-630-804
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering - as part of the state University Goce Delčev in Štip.[1]

Stay safe

Radoviš is a safe small and peaceful city. Most people are very friendly and hospitable.

Emergencies

In case of an emergency call 192 (police), 194 (ambulance) or 193 (fire).

Stay healthy

Water is safe to drink and there are public drinking water fountains in some public places.

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