VINICA TO BE MADE TOURIST ATTRACTION
Effort will be made this year to make a tourist attraction of Vinica. The Vinica Fortress (Vinicko Kale) site, which has given the famous terra cotta icons of Vinica, has been allotted 10 million denars for archaeological excavations and conservation of the walls for this year. Archaeologists led by Cone Krstevski will start field work in March.
This year, a museum of terra cotta icons will most likely be established in Vinica. Director of the Directorate for Protection of Cultural Heritage Pasko Kuzman says they will insist on returning the terra cotta icons from the Museum of Macedonia, where they are currently housed, to where they originate from.
Dating from the 6th and 7th centuries, Vinica terra cotta icons were made in a workshop that was a part of the Kale Town Compound, a fact that was confirmed by analysis of clay earth in the immediate vicinity. More than 15 scenes and about 50 intact and 100 fragments of terra cotta icons have been found so far.
Vinica Fortress, to the southwest of the modern town of Vinica, was continually populated and was dominating on one of the most important routes since the Roman and Byzantine eras. As a site, it was first recorded in the Macedonian archaeology in 1953.