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. So enchanted was he by her immense beauty, he was prepared to gain her love by any means.
Despite the pasha’s power, Marija’s father was against the idea of her submitting to the pasha’s love, because she was of Christian faith, whereas the pasha, a Muslim. The pasha was relentless...
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