article - Dojran

Dojran is a touristic pearl in Eastern North 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.

Dojran Lake
The lake as seen from Belasica Mountain

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

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

St Elijah is the main church of Dojran

The primary draw to this part of North Macedonia is 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 North Macedonia. There are a few historical places of interest; remnants of the Dojran that was largely destroyed in the 20th century.

  • 41.18861122.7188891 Church of St Elijah (Црква „Св. Илија“). Built in 1848 perched upon a hill in Star Dojran, the church was originally granted to Greek priests by the local Ottoman authorities. It later was given to the Bulgarian Exarchate due to most of the population actually being Slavic-speakers. The church suffered heavy damage in World War I, including the loss of essentially all of its interior artwork. A full restoration of the church began in 2013. The ruins of the Church of St George sit near St Elijah. This church was built in 1911 for the Greek community following the loss of St Elijah to the Slavic community. (updated Dec 2017)
  • 41.18522.7197221 Clock tower (Саат-кула). Built in 1372, the half-ruined clock tower of Star Dojran stands where the bazaar was historically located. 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. (updated Dec 2017)

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