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n the eastern part of Macedonia, at altitude of 800 – 900 m, on the slopes of the Maleshevo mountains lies the town of Berovo (Macedonian: Берово), a simple small mountain town. In Berovo and the Maleshevo mountains visitors and tourists can find a unique combination of almost untouched nature, cultural and historical heritage, ethnography, traditional music and handicrafts. The climate is mild continental, in certain places modified into mountain-continental characterized by cold winters and cool summers. Berovo is the town with highest concentration of oxygen. Berovo is the town with many sunny days during the year, with an average of 6.4 sunny hours per day.

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The Monastery “St. Archangel Michael”, located at the exit from Berovo leading to the dam and the lake, was built in the period 1815-1818.The first nuns were the daughter-in-law and the daughter of Friar Risto, a son-in-law of Friar Peco. They had their monastic tonsure (removal of the hair of the head) with a blessing from the Rila Monastery's abbott. Eugenia I was the first abbess of the monastery. At its peak, in the first half of the XX century, the monastery numbered up to sixty nuns, with a rich and developed economy, a theological seminary, a weaving mill, and the first single-phase hydro-power plant in this area was in the monastery. The women monastery within the church played an important role in World War II, as well as in making people literate, since it was exactly there where the first cell school was opened, a period from which a number of old books have been preserved, subject to respect and admiration among the contemporary generations.The three gates of the church “St. Archangel Michael” face the town, the river and the pine forest. A large porch dominates the monastery yard and in the dimness of its interior oil lamps lighten images of saints, painted in a characteristic style that is antonymic to Byzantine canons. Only one icon, that of Noah, painted by George Veljanov from Strumica in 1818. From 1897 to 1920 the painter Gavril Atanasov also worked in the monastery. The icon of the Dormition of the Theotokos was painted by Gregory Pecanov from Strumica in 1878. The residential quarters are of a free-style construction. They attract with the warmth of the wood used, shaped in a 19th century old-urban style.

The Holy Virgin Mary Church was built in 1972-1975 in the Byzantine-Macedonian medieval church style on the very spot where had been an old church, on the foundations of which the new one was built. The religious holiday of Mother of God’s Assumption, known among the people as GOLEMA BOGORODICA, is celebrated on August 28th when Berovo is the host of the holiday organized in the monastery, an event attended by a great number of Orthodox Christians, culture and tradition lovers and tourists.

The Nativity of the Mother of God church is located in the town center where all the roads lead to, both for the inhabitants and the visitors. It was built in 1912 and it was sanctified in 1922.

The Historical and Ethnologic Museum of Berovo is housed in a 19th century building, redecorated preserving the authentic construction style. The historical exhibits comprise documents and artifacts from the times of Grandpa Iljo Malesevski, Dimitar Pop Georgjiev, the Razlovo uprising. Part of the exhibits are the antique and medieval coins, evidencing the economic development and the trading relations the region of Maleshevo had. The ethnologic exhibition consists of a Maleshevo room reconstruction, Maleshevo national costumes Maleshevo jewelry, pottery, musical instruments and a reconstruction of a Maleshevo blacksmith’s workshop.

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