RECONSTRUCTION OF CAREVI KULI STRUMICA EXPECTED
The medieval fortress overlooking Strumica, Carevi Kuli (Tsar’s Towers), which according to historians date to the time under Macedonian Tsar Samoil, i.e. late 10th and early 11th centuries will be reconstructed during next year.
To that end, about 200,000 euros will be allotted from the Strumica Municipality budget to be used for the arrangement of the accessing path to the fortress and supporting the foundations and walls of the two existing towers and the gate portal. The funds are not sufficient for returning the fortress its authentic looks, so financial support from international foundations is expected.
"Within the cross-border cooperation programme between Macedonia and Bulgaria, the towns of Strumica and Petric have jointly applied with two parallel projects for reconstruction of Carevi Kuli and the cultural and historical monument Samoilova Krepost outside Petric. The programme coordinated by the Secretariat for European Affairs within the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, which will be funded by the European Agency for Reconstruction, relates to a package worth 50,000 euros to 300,000 euros for each of the two projects.
Evaluation and selection of the best project is made by the European Commission in Brussels and the procedures pertaining this are closing to an end. Given that our application contains all the necessary elements of the regional approach and fully expresses the essence of the very precise criteria typical for these European foundations, we hope for an affirmative answer and soon launching the reconstruction of the two preserved towers above the town," Strumica Mayor Zoran Zaev said.
Strumica archaeologists have discovered a rich archaeological treasure of a quite spanning age – from pre-history to the Middle Ages at the site. The first phase funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia unearthed remains of a home, a significant layer of pre-historical ceramics, three-layer funeral practices from under the Romans and mediaeval necropolises. However, the archaeologists are frustrated because they have found many dug-off sites by illegal diggers who have destroyed a great part of archaeological values and old artefacts.