Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/macedon/public_html/setings.php on line 8
 Golemo Gradiste - Konjuh

Golemo Gradiste - Konjuh


Golemo Gradiste - Konjuh

Golemo Gradiste at Konjuh lies 6km south of the Kumanovo-Kriva Palanka highway, on the Kriva River. The hill known as Golemo Gradiste is 400m high and 500m in length. The hill top of Golemo Gradiste was extensively adapted to an acropolis by cutting rooms in the rock and making large plateaux for the intended use. The terrain of the acropolis falls precipitously to the northern part of the fortified ancient city, alongside Kriva River. The road through the valley of the Kriva River runs near by the ancient city Garescus, occupying the site of Golemo Gradiste.

In ancient times Garescus was the largest city in the Parorbelia/Orbelia (Osogovija) region, built by the Paeonian tribe Garesci. Garescus had been repeatedly attacked and damaged by its neighbours, the Illyrians, and other invaders. Sometime before it had been renamed to Zappara/Zaparenae/Zapparenae, when it had been used as an episcopal town, long before and during the regency of the emperor Justinian I. Zappara, like Justiniana Prima (Caricin grad) and Bargala, as well as many other cities in the region, was targeted by the Hunns, under the lead of Attila during their invasion of the Bysantine empire in 441-443, when much of what is now the Balkan region was devastated. Finally, Zappara was rased to the ground during the second half of the 6th and the first half of the 7th century by the invading Slavs and Avars.

The two maps shows the exact location of Golemo Grediste at Konjuh.

The two maps shows the exact location of Golemo Grediste at Konjuh.

The hill of Golemo Grediste at Konjuh.

The hill of Golemo Grediste at Konjuh.

Download the brochure page 1
Download the brochure page 2

© Kiril Arsov, 2010