There are more than 15 villages in Macedonia that bear the name 'Novo Selo', meaning New Village, scattered all across its territory, Telegraf.mk has learnt.
What is more than obvious is the fact that besides the common name, they are completely different from each other - some are more developed, with asphalt paving and schools, while others are inhabited by few families, with muddy roads and old churches.
Telegraf.mk's team has visited five of these villages. First they went to the Novo Selo near the town of Stip, located at its entrance.
Chronicles say that Dame Gruev and Goce Delcev use to work there, as teachers. The school they taught in, is now housing the Rectorate of the Goce Delcev University.
The welcoming locals told Telegraf.mk that most of the village inhabitants used to work as blacksmiths and horse saddle makers. There were over 138 shops in the village, said electrical engineer Vanco Causev, who believes that the Novo Selo near Stip was founded before the 13th century because many churches there date from that period, the most important being St. Spas (or St. Salvation).
The Novo Selo near Stip is famous for its history. Photo: Vlatko Perkovski