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Veles is located in Republic of Macedonia
Location within Macedonia
Coordinates: 41°43′12″N 21°47′36″E / 41.72°N 21.79333°E / 41.72; 21.79333
Country  Macedonia
Municipality Veles municipality
 - Total 43,716
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 1400
Area code(s) +389 043
Car plates VE

Veles (Macedonian: Велес, Mk-Veles.ogg [ˈvɛlɛs] ) is a city in the center of the Republic of Macedonia on the Vardar river. The city of Veles is the seat of Veles Municipality.



The city named before the Balkan Wars, it was a township (kaza) with the name Köprülü in Uskub sandjak, vilayet, Ottoman empire for 600 years.[1] . The city is named after a Slavic god Veles. After World War II, the city was known as Titov Veles after Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito, but the 'Titov' was removed when Macedonia became an independent nation. Cars registered in Veles were identified by the code TV (Titov Veles), which was changed as late as 2000 to VE.


The area of present-day Veles has been inhabited for over a millennia. In antiquity, it was a Paionian city called Bylazora, and contained a substantial population of Thracians and possibly Illyrians. It was a Bulgarian city in the First Bulgarian Empire and the Second Bulgarian Empire late it was part of the Serbian Empire in the early 1300s and the town governor was Knez Oliver during the time of Emperor Dusan, it was part of Konstantin Dragas realm in 1355-1395[2]. Before the Balkan Wars, it was a township (kaza) with the name Köprülü in Uskub sandjak, vilayet, Ottoman empire[1] .


Through Macedonia Veles is known as industrial center and recently, as a leader in the implementing of IT in the local administration in Macedonia.

Veles is a city of poetry, culture, history and tradition, as well as a town with plentiful and precious cultural heritage and centuries old churches.

Veles is a municipality of 55,000 people.[3]

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Veles (city) is twinned with:

Other forms of partnership:

  • Croatia Pula (Document of friendship and cultural cooperation in 2002)

People from Veles


The clocktower in Veles
St. Pantelejmon Church in Veles
  1. ^ a b Rahmi Tekin, Osmanli Atlasi, Istanbul 2003
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