LJUBOJNO

Located in the southwest part of Macedonia, nested into the slopes of Baba Mountain, there is the wonderful village of Ljubojno.

Many would say: Whoever comes to Ljubojno never really leaves it!

And that is so true!

Still, to be convinced of this, you have to come yourself, don’t you?

Panorama Ljubojno

LOCATION AND CLIMATE

The location, its pleasant moderate continental climate, abundance of springs and streams, flora and fauna, and especially closeness of the Prespa Lake make Ljubojno and the wider Prespa region, extremely attractive for the visitors.

According to its specific location, this region in the same time is influenced of three climate types: continental, Mediterranean (because of the influence of the relative closeness of the Aegean and Adriatic Sea) and mountainous climate (which is a result of the closeness of the Baba mountain massive and its’ peak Pelister known by the two glacial lakes – Pelister eyes).

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The village of Ljubojno is located in an altitude of about 920m above sea level.

Numerous natural, cultural and historical monuments complement the picture of the village and its’ vicinity, enabling each visitor to enjoy the peace and warmth that this place has to offer.

COMUNICATION

The village of Ljubojno is located about 25-30km from Resen and about 50 km from Bitola.

Good infrastructure is what it makes the village easily accessible for all of the interested visitors.

There are frequent daily bus lines in the morning and in the afternoon to Resen and Bitola.

History

Even though based on the preserved toponomy, material remaining and archeological findings the existence of the first settlements in the vicinity of present village of Ljubojno can be connected in the far past, yet based on the written documents the Village of Ljubojno for the first time was mentioned in the document of Tzar Dushan in 1337.

The latter development of the village played a great role in the social life of Prespa.

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During the ottoman ruling, end especially during the Ilinden uprising the village was almost completely devastated and burned down. This influenced many changes in the life of the local population.

The periods of the uprising as well as the period of the First and the Second World War were remembered by the furious and numerous battles fought in and around the village that caused devastation on certain objects. But the villagers were inexorable, so they were constantly renewing the village.

Strong migration movements that caught Prespa during the period of ottoman ruling were even stronger after the Second World War. This leads to almost complete depopulation of this sometimes very important settlement.

Beside this situation the village has even today, preserved its spirit…

„Old school“

Walking through the streets in the near village center known among the locals as “Polena”, you will sight a remaining’s of a massive building, specific by its characteristics and style. It is the building of the Old school build in 1907. Its existence influenced many personal destinies and it caused joy and happiness to many generations of scholars.

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This is the first school in Prespa and second in Macedonia where after the Second World War the teaching was realized in Macedonian language. This is one fact that gives an extreme importance of this object.

Architecture

If you only stroll through its narrow streets you will fill be captured by the peace and charm of this village. One or two story houses, build completely of massive stones, or in a combination of stones and clay bricks will capture your heart. You will be intrigued by their mysterious appearance, their beauty so they will bring you in another time. Numerous windows framed with decorative metal grids in the same time will point out on the aesthetic and taste of the owners, and the skillfulness of the masters that forged their souls into the metal

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The wooden balconies standing out over the streets were a real place for rest during the summer heats and a place for ------------------------ during the afternoons or the evenings.

High wooden doors that at first glance seemed as they are set to prevent the looks of the curious ones become almost without any exception widely open in front of every well-meant gest.

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Closely build houses divided in many districts speak about the former largeness of this village. Shaping their appearance they shape an important part of the existence of the local population and the village itself.

They speak up about one time that each of the houses were filled with child voices, when the laughter filled the village streets, but in the same time one could hear the whisper and the quiet cry of the families that sends they beloved abroad.

Folk costumes 

The quiet strokes of the loom that once could be heard from every house in Ljubojno, actually waived the dreams of the housewives and their personal stories, living their marks for the generations to come.

Numerous blankets known as ‘batanii”, “diftici”, numerous carpets known as “partalki”, aprons and other decorative elements, were waived by the hands of the waivers. Red coloring as a dominant one symbolizing the fertility and life was present in any individual item.

Complemented with the black, green and blue they differently represented the life that each for them and each in them, hiding and giving away in the same time, their own secrets.

The white shirt complemented with the white upper clothing elements until the Ilinden Uprising in 1903, was inseparable part of the female clothing.

And then wrapped up in sorrow because of the numerous lost life’s and burned homes, because of the unbearable pain and hart thorn laments, the girls and women waved their peace and their sorrow into the blackness of the clothes.

The white let the place to the black.

Life to death!

And yet, again to the birth of one other new life!

The white cotton shirts, decorated with small knitted laces called “chikme”, knitted white woolen sleeves called “naruchina”, the aprons decorated with small colorful glass beads, several coins and minimal velvet applications in darker colors set in the lower parts of some of the clothing elements, shattered the blackness of the upper clothing elements such as “kusalina”, “sheguni” and vests.

Churches

The Village of Ljubojno has been inhabited with Macedonian Christian population long time ago. This can be indirectly confirmed by the fact that there are several churches in and around the village. According to the narratives they were positioned that way in order to protect the village from the negative or evil forces.

From the far distance, even before one could even see the village, your eyes will catch a glimpse of several white structures enweaved in the endless verdure of the surrounding hills. There are the churches of St. Athanasius build in XIV century and the church St. Peter and Paul, with its bell tower, built in 1923.  A wonderful and endless view on the Prespa Lake and wider Prespa region spreads from the church yard.

The other churches such as St. Elijah build in XIX century; St. Demetrius build in XIV – XV century, the church of Holly mother of God build in XX century and the small chapels of St. Marina build in XX century encircle the village from the other sides. There are three more churches within the village. The church of St. John build in 1861 is located in the center of the village. The village graveyard is located in the courtyard of this church. Little bid further from the village center there are the churches of Holy Mother of God (Immaculate) build in 1852 and the church of St. Nickolas build in XV century.

The age and number of these churches in the same time points out on the rich spiritual life of the local population, while the sound of the church bells tell the endless stories of life and death build in 1907. Its existence influenced many personal destinies and it caused joy and happiness to many generations of scholars.

This is the first school in Prespa and second in Macedonia where after the Second World War the teaching was realized in Macedonian language. This is one fact that gives an extreme importance of this object.