Sveti Nikole


Sveti Nikole (Macedonian: Свети Николе [ˌsvɛːti ˈnikɔlɛ] (listen); meaning Saint Nicholas) is a town in North Macedonia. It is the seat of Sveti Nikole Municipality and a center of a plain called Ovče Pole (Plain of sheep), famous for sheep farming, lamb meat, and dairy products of all kinds.

Sveti Nikole

Свети Николе (Macedonian)
View of Sveti Nikole Center
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Sveti Nikole
Location within North Macedonia
Coordinates: 41.864690°N 21.941486°E / 41.864690; 21.941486
Country North Macedonia
Region Vardar
Municipality Sveti Nikole
Government
  MayorSašo Velkovski (SDSM)
Population
 (2002)
  Total13,746
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
2220
Car platesSN
ClimateCfa
Websitesvetinikole.gov.mk
Bell tower

According to legend, the town was named after the church of Saint Nicholas (Sveti Nikola), built in the beginning of the 14th century. It is said to have been the biggest of all 42 churches in this area at its time.[1]

There are many archaeological sites in the Sveti Nikole municipality from all ages in the past. The outlying villages of Sveti Nikole include Amzabegovo, with its barely excavated archaeological site, and Burilovci, famous for the magnificent frescoes that adorn its own church of Saint Nicholas. The most famous archeological site is Bilazora ( Bylazora) which is also monument of kulture protected by law.The site dates from 7 to 3 BC and was a town with a royal palace ( acc to thr archeological exavations)where Payonian kings lived. the place is visited by many tourists because of its specificity and uniqueness, and also many of the artifacts can be seen at the local museum.

Demographics


According to the 2002 census, the village had a total of 13,746 inhabitants.[2] Ethnic groups in the village include:[2]

Sports


Local football club FK Ovče Pole plays in the Macedonian Third League (Southeast Division).

Notable people from the town


References


  1. Андонов, Кире (December 19, 2018). "Во Свети Николе се одбележува патронот на градот – Свети Никола (галерија+видео) | Моја Општина - Сите општини на едно место". Моја Општина (in Macedonian). Archived from the original on August 2, 2020. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  2. Macedonian Census (2002), Book 5 - Total population according to the Ethnic Affiliation, Mother Tongue and Religion, The State Statistical Office, Skopje, 2002, p. 173.