Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Skochivir (Скочивир) village in Novaci Municipality - Photo Gallery

Skochivir village is old Slavic settlement for the first time mentioned in the Turkish census of 1468. 
The village is situated at 600 meters altitude, where nearby Crna (Black) River enters the canyon and interrupts its “peaceful way.” It is presumed that from this is derived the name of the village: “Skoci” - jump, jumping and “vir” - pool.
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Skochivir (Скочивир) village in Novaci Municipality

Skochivir (Скочивир) village in Novaci Municipality

St. Petka (Св. Петка) church

"Crna" (Black) River (Црна Река) with part of Pelagonia
"Crna" (Black) River (Црна Река) with part of Pelagonia

Skochivir (Скочивир) village in Novaci Municipality

Cross near the monastery St. Archangel Michael 

Skocivir is located on the left bank of the Crna River and from here begins the longest canyon in Macedonia, “Skochivir Canyon”. In this part of Crna River, a bottleneck is formed, which many times in the past caused periodic flooding and spill of the river and did massive damage.

Panorama - "Crna" River entering Mariovo region (photo: www.whereismacedonia.org)
Panorama - "Crna" River entering Mariovo region (photo: www.whereismacedonia.org)

Near village Skocivir there are several ancient sites as evidence of the rich past of this region. Gradiste, Petalinskо Kale and Markovo Kale are settlements from the Iron Age, and we must not be forgetting the Skochivir inscription, carved on a rock next to Crna River.

Village Skocivir and its estate covers an area of 90.5 km2 and the village celebrates the religious holyday St. Petka. Within the village there is a temple of the St. Petka built in 1860, and in the vicinity of the village is the very famous monastery of St. Archangel Michael.

Monastery St. Archangel Michael

Monastery St. Archangel Michael, Skochivir village

Monastery St. Archangel Michael, Skochivir village

Monastery St. Archangel Michael, Skochivir village

Monastery St. Archangel Michael, Skochivir village

Monastery St. Archangel Michael, Skochivir village

Monastery St. Archangel Michael, Skochivir village

Monastery St. Archangel Michael, Skochivir village

Village Skochivir, like many other places in this part of Macedonia, had been affected by the front-line fighting during the First World War.

Serbian First World War cemetery near village Skochivir
 Serbian First World War cemetery near village Skochivir
 
 Serbian First World War cemetery near village Skochivir

One of the most popular picnic locations in Novaci Municipality - Konjarka, is located near village Skochivir, and with the beautiful and clean "Konjarka" river is excellent location for rest and relaxation for the whole family.

Konjarka picnic location near village Skochivir, Novaci Municipality

Konjarka picnic location near village Skochivir, Novaci Municipality

Konjarka picnic location near village Skochivir, Novaci Municipality