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Magical Street

One of the most peculiar tourist attractions in Bitola is Sirok Sokak (pronounced shirok sokak). It is not a monument or a landmark, but one of the longest pedestrian streets in the whole country. Its name means a “wide alley,” and sokak is actually a Turkish word for street, referring to the long history of its popularity dating back to Ottoman times. The different street names in different periods tell us about the city’s long history and change of its rulers. In Ottoman times it was called Sultania. In the times of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia it carried the name “King Peter”. In Socialist Yugoslavia it was named “Marshal Tito”. Read more…