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Veles (city)

Official seal of Veles
Veles is located in Republic of Macedonia
Location within Macedonia
Country  Macedonia
Municipality Veles Municipality
 • Mayor Slavcho Chadiev (VMRO-DPMNE)
 • Total 43,716
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 1400
Area code(s) +389 043
Car plates VE

Veles (Macedonian: Велес ) is a city in the center of the Republic of Macedonia on the Vardar river. The city of Veles is the seat of Veles Municipality.


  • Name 1
  • History 2
  • Features 3
  • Climate 4
  • International relations 5
    • Twin towns — Sister cities 5.1
  • Media 6
  • Sport 7
  • People from Veles 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Vilazora was a Paeonian city from the period of early classic antiquity. The city's name was Βελισσός Velissos in Ancient Greek. During Ottoman times Veles was a township (kaza) with the name Köprülü in the Üsküp sandjak. From 1877 to 1912 the sandjak was part of the Kosovo vilayet. From 1929 to 1941, Veles was part of the Vardar Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. After World War II, the city was known as Titov Veles after Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito, but the 'Titov' was removed in 1996.[1] Cars registered in Veles were identified by the code TV (Titov Veles), which was changed as late as 2000 to VE.


The National Museum in Veles

The area of present-day Veles has been inhabited for over a millennium. In antiquity, it was a Paionian city called Bylazora, and contained a substantial population of Thracians and possibly Illyrians. For short period it was a Bulgarian city in the First Bulgarian Empire and the Second Bulgarian Empire, later it was part of the Serbian Empire in the early 14th century and the town governor was Jovan Oliver during the time of Emperor Dusan, it was part of Konstantin Dragas realm in 1355-1395. Before the Balkan Wars, it was a township (kaza) with the name Köprülü in Uskub sandjak, vilayet, Ottoman empire.[2]

Some identify Veles with the Velitza of which Clement of Ohrid was bishop.[3][4] The Annuario Pontificio identifies Veles instead with the bishopric of Bela, a suffragan of Achrida, and lists it, as no longer a residential diocese, among titular sees.[5]


Through Macedonia Veles is known as industrial center and recently, as a leader in the implementing of IT in the local administration in Macedonia.

Veles is a city of poetry, culture, history and tradition, as well as a town with plentiful and precious cultural heritage and centuries old churches.

Veles is a municipality of 55,000 people.[6]


Veles experiences a semi-arid climate (BSk) with cold winters and very hot summers. Daily averages range from 0.7 °C (33.3 °F) in January up to 24.6 °C (76.3 °F) in July. On 30 March 1952, in Veles the temperature was recorded at 36 °C (96.8 °F), due to hot southwestern wind.Daily mean is 14°C with 480mm rainfall.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Veles (city) is twinned with:

Other forms of partnership:

  • Pula (Document of friendship and cultural cooperation in 2002)[7]


Two TV stations and many radio stations operate in Veles,they are Channel 21 & Zdravkin.


Veles has a lot of sports teams, the most popular of which are:

People from Veles


The clocktower in Veles
St. Pantelejmon Church in Veles
  1. ^ Велес по осамостојувањето на Македонија Општина Велес
  2. ^ Rahmi Tekin, Osmanli Atlasi, Istanbul 2003
  3. ^ Angeliki Delikari, "Clement of Ochrid (Saint)." Religion Past and Present. Brill Online, 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013
  4. ^ Clemens van Ohrid
  5. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 847
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Međunarodna suradnja Grada Pule". Grad Pula (in Croatian and Italian). Archived from the original on 2012-05-05. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 

External links

  • Official website of Veles
  • Google Local
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