About Mariovo

My Mariovo - The Way I Remember It! The deterioration of the beautiful stone houses of Mariovo, with their characteristic red roofs, is a sad reality.

Self-Sufficient Life

Each individual in the household was responsible for being self-sufficient. Below is a summary of how things were produced and used in a village prior to mass citizen’s migration from Mariovo starting in late 1960's.


Building Materials

The walls of the house were built from natural stone, the roofs from clay tiles & lumber with water powered sawmills all produced locally.


The donkey and the mule were used to transport goods such as: produce from the vegetable gardens, firewood from mountains & travel needs.


Clothing was produced in the village from sheep wool & mostly by the woman of the house during winter months because of less outdoor work.


Without indoor plumbing and even to this day, drinking water and water for washing is still carried in buckets. Some wells in few homes.

Food & Rajkia

The most popular dishes were peppers with feta cheese, bean soup & meat with potatoes. Rajkia was mostly produced locally from plums.

Heat & Light

Firewood was the main source for heating (indoor open fireplace), cooking stove with a build in oven. For light: lantern with kerosene.

Dedo Ilko woodworking shop

Wooden bowl to crush garlic cloves

Dedo Ilko built most of the wooden items in the village. The wooden bowl was a perfect example used during Badnik to crush garlic cloves, water & walnuts for the bean soup.

Wooden canteen used by sheppard

Another wooden item built by Dedo Ilko was the wooden canteen. The wooden canteen was used mostly by the Sheppard’s to carry drinking water & at times homemade whisky (Rajkia).

A Legend of Mariovo

According to popular legend, the region of Mariovo was named after a beautiful and courageous girl called Marija. The legend goes on to tell the story of how a powerful Ottoman pasha fell deeply in love with her...


Let us keep Mariovo Memories alive!

This website is my attempt at preserving the incredible natural beauty of Selo Besiste and surrounding villages in Mariovo, so that it can be shared with future generations.

Let us keep the village of Selo Bešište alive!

The beautiful village of selo Bešište is located in the region of Mariovo, about 50 km south of the town of Prilep, in the Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

Today my Bešište is:

  • Contened, Distant, Embracing, Primitive,

  • Forgotten, Fragmented, Lonely, Pure,

  • Warm, Humming with Nature,

  • Invites one to Return.