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Stobi, Macedonia


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Stobi, the biggest city from the antique period in this part of Macedonia, only 80km south from the the capital Skopje, is a place that links the Mediterranean to the continental Balkan hinterlands, shrouded by the mythical rivers of Axios and Erigon, along which countless Roman legions, Crusading cavalries, Ottoman conquerors and World War armies had marched. Today, this region represents the midpoint where the Old and the New World of wine meet.


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Ohrid - Known for archaeological site, fortress, historical center, lake, museum, orthodox church, orthodox monastery; historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site





Last reviewed: 28 March 2021

Stobi description

Stobi was an ancient town of Paeonia, later conquered by Macedon, and finally turned into the capital of the Roman province of Macedonia Salutaris. It is located on the main road that leads from the Danube to the Aegean Sea and is considered by many to be the most famous archaeological site in North Macedonia. Stobi was built where joining two rivers, Erigon and Axios, making it strategically important as a center for both trade and warfare.

The name Stobi is a Paeonian word meaning "post, pillar" and is akin to Old Prussian stabis, "rock". The name suggests that it was the site of a large local cultic pillar, though there is no evidence of this.

Stobi position in the fertile central Vardar valley allowed it quickly to develop a flourishing economy and to establish trade. Nearby Mount Klepa was a lucrative source of marble.

The city was first mentioned in writing by the historian Livy, in connection with a victory of Philip V of Macedon over the Dardani in 197 BC. In 168 BC, the Romans defeated Perseus and Macedonia was divided into four nominally independent republics. In 148 BC, the four areas of Macedonia were brought together in a unified Roman province. In the reign of Augustus the city grew in size and population. The city grew further in 69 BC once it became a municipium, at which time it began to produce coins printed with Municipium Stobensium.

The citizens of Stobi enjoyed Ius Italicum and were citizens of Rome. Most belonged to the Roman tribes Aemila and Tromentina. During Roman times Stobi was the capital of the Roman province Macedonia Salutaris. Emperor Theodosius I stayed in Stobi in 388. Late in the 5th century the city underwent a terrible turn of events. In 479, it was robbed by Theodoric, an Ostrogothic king. The citizens reconstructed the city, but in 518 it was struck by a powerful earthquake. Avaro-Slavic invasions in the 6th century destroyed the city's economy and infrastructure.

Yugoslavian archaeologists first discovered public and private buildings in the city and then the city's theater, built in the 3rd century, and religious artifacts from the central and western part of the city. The most significant finds were uncovered between 1970 and 1980 by Yugoslav and American archaeologists. In this period more buildings were discovered and new expeditions in the western necropolis, the Casa Romana and in the aqueduct network of Stobi revealed more mosaics.

The Grand Palace near the eastern wall of the city was built during the Roman period and contains beautiful frescoes. Stobi is one of a small number of cities from the late antique and early Christian period that kept a large number of mosaics. New archaeological research has shown that all Christian basilicas in the city discovered thus far were built over ancient buildings.

The Episcopal Basilica, dating from the 5th and 6th centuries, can see beautiful peacock from the baptistery's mosaic floor that is depicted on the reverse of the Macedonian 10 denars banknote, issued in 1996, and of the 10 denars coin, issued in 2008.

Stobi related tours

We at Monterrasol Travel welcome you to see Stobi during multi-day small group car tour. Contact us if you would like to customize your tour to Stobi.

We have developed several small group tours that visiting beautiful Stobi. But, if you have a special conditions or any from these tours fit you, please do not hesitate to contact us, we can organize a tour exactly as you would like. We charge nothing for develop a custom itinerary. And remember, we have no problems to take you from almost any place where you stay, hotel or private accommodation.


Discover Bosnia Montenegro Macedonia in 14 days tour. Balkans roadtrip from Sarajevo to Thessaloniki via UNESCO sites, old towns, monasteries and fortresses.

tour starts in: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour finishes in: Thessaloniki, Greece

tour duration: 14 days (13 nights)

tour countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro

tour destinations: Bar, Blagaj, Budva, Dajbabe, Jajce, Kotor, Kravica, Mostar, Ohrid, Ostrog, Podgorica, Počitelj, Radimlja, Stobi, Trebinje, Tvrdoš, Vranduk, Zavala, Šćit

Balkans discovery 14 days tour will open for you 3 countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia. Together with mentioned countries, you will also briefly meet Albania and will able to enjoy great time in beautiful coastal city Thessaloniki in Greece. With this tour we will pass over wonderful hilly Bosnia-Herzegovina, coastal venetian towns of Montenegro, unexpected panoramas of Albania, and visit roman sites of Macedonia. In all 3 countries we will visit most of must-see places. We will walk venetian towns in Montenegro; medieval towns in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro; will see famous Orthodox monasteries in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro; ancient roman settlement in Macedonia; fortified towns in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro; archaeological places in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia; medieval fortresses of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro; UNESCO sites in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro.

off-season only tour

14 days

Price from € 1,799

 



Discover Bosnia Montenegro Albania Macedonia in 15 days panoramic tour. Balkans roadtrip from Dubrovnik to Thessaloniki: UNESCO sites, fortresses, monasteries and old towns.

tour starts in: Dubrovnik, Croatia

tour finishes in: Thessaloniki, Greece

tour duration: 15 days (14 nights)

tour countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro

tour destinations: Bar, Blagaj, Budva, Dajbabe, Durrës, Elbasan, Kotor, Kravica, Krujë, Lezhë, Međugorje, Mostar, Ohrid, Ostrog, Pella, Petrelë, Podgorica, Počitelj, Preza, Radimlja, Skopje, Stobi, Trebinje, Tvrdoš, Vjetrenica, Zavala

Balkans discovery 15 days tour will open for you 4 countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. Together with mentioned countries, you will also briefly meet famous Dubrovnik in Croatia and enjoy great time in beautiful coastal city Thessaloniki in Greece. With this tour we will pass over wonderful hilly Bosnia-Herzegovina, coastal venetian towns of Montenegro, fortresses and castles of Albania, and old roman sites of Macedonia. In each country we going to discover we will visit most of must-see places. We will walk venetian coastal towns in Montenegro; medieval towns in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro; will see famous Orthodox monasteries in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia; ancient roman settlements in Macedonia and Greece; fortified towns in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania; archaeological places in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia; medieval fortresses and castles in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania; UNESCO sites in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro.

off-season only tour

15 days

Price from € 1,894

 



Discover Croatia Bosnia Montenegro Albania Macedonia Greece in 23 days tour. UNESCO sites, old towns, monasteries and fortresses on Balkans roadtrip from Zagreb to Igoumenitsa.

tour starts in: Zagreb, Croatia

tour finishes in: Igoumenitsa, Greece

tour duration: 23 days (22 nights)

tour countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro

tour destinations: Aigai, Bar, Blagaj, Budva, Dajbabe, Dodoni, Dubovac, Durrës, Elbasan, Ioannina, Klis, Kotor, Kravica, Krujë, Lezhë, Meteora, Metsovo, Mostar, Nehaj, Ohrid, Ostrog, Pella, Podgorica, Počitelj, Preza, Radimlja, Split, Stobi, Thessaloniki, Trebinje, Trogir, Tvrdoš, Zadar, Zavala, Šibenik

This Balkans discovery tour will open for you 6 famous countries: Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, and Greece. Each country have a rich history and many attractions. With this tour we will pass over Adriatic coast and Dalmatian Riviera of Croatia, wonderful hilly nature of Bosnia-Herzegovina, coastal venetian towns of Montenegro, unexpected panoramas of Albania, visit roman sites of Macedonia, and finally come to gem of this tour, beautiful Greece. We will walk in medieval and venetian towns in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania; will see famous Orthodox monasteries in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro; ancient roman settlement in Albania, Macedonia, and Greece; fortified towns in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro; archaeological places in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Greece; medieval fortresses in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro; UNESCO sites in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece.

off-season only tour

23 days

Price from € 3,196

 



Explore Croatia Bosnia Montenegro Albania Macedonia Greece by cultural tour 26 days. Balkans roadtrip from Zagreb to Athens via UNESCO sites, medieval towns, fortresses, monasteries.

tour starts in: Zagreb, Croatia

tour finishes in: Athens, Greece

tour duration: 26 days (25 nights)

tour countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro

tour destinations: Aigai, Bar, Blagaj, Budva, Dajbabe, Delphi, Dion, Dubovac, Durrës, Elbasan, Hosios Loukas, Kotor, Kravica, Krujë, Lezhë, Litochoro, Livadeia, Meteora, Mostar, Nehaj, Ohrid, Omiš, Ostrog, Podgorica, Počitelj, Preza, Radimlja, Skopje, Split, Stobi, Thermopylae, Thessaloniki, Trebinje, Trogir, Tvrdoš, Zadar, Zavala, Šibenik

With this extended 26 days Balkans cultural tour you will explore 6 countries: Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Greece. We will pass by Adriatic coast and Dalmatian Riviera of Croatia, wonderful hilly nature of Bosnia-Herzegovina, coastal medieval towns of Montenegro, unexpected panoramas and castles of Albania, meet truly roman sites of Macedonia and rich historic places of Greece. We will visit medieval and venetian towns in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro; will see famous Orthodox monasteries in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Greece; ancient roman theaters in Macedonia and Greece; fortified towns in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro; archaeological places in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Greece; medieval fortresses of Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania and Montenegro; UNESCO sites in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and Greece.

off-season only tour

26 days

Price from € 3,736

 




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