Dolno Orizari, Bitola

Dolno Orizari (Macedonian Cyrillic: Долно Оризари) is a village 3.98 kilometres (2.47 mi) from Bitola, the second-largest city in North Macedonia. According to the 2002 census, the total population is 1834.[1]

Dolno Orizari
Долно Оризари
Panoramic view of the village
Panoramic view of the village
Dolno Orizari is located in North Macedonia
Dolno Orizari
Dolno Orizari
Location within North Macedonia
Coordinates: Coordinates: 41°02′N 21°16′E / 41.033°N 21.267°E / 41.033; 21.267
Country North Macedonia
RegionLogo of Pelagonia Region.svg Pelagonia region
MunicipalityCoat of arms of Bitola Municipality.svg Bitola municipality
 • Total1,834
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Geography and locationEdit

At an altitude of 577 meters, the village is in Pelagonia, in the center of the Bitola valley, close to the city of Bitola, in the northern part of the territory of the Municipality of Bitola.[2] Its neighbouring villages are Gorno Orizari, Karamani, and Logovardi.

A water tap and memorial dedicated to Boško Najdovski.


The village is fairly new. According to the legend, it was established at the end of the 19th century.[3] During this time, Dolno Orizari was under the Manastir Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. According to the statistics of Vasil Kanchov ("Macedonia. Ethnography and Statistics") in 1900 Dolno Orizari had 440 inhabitants, all Bulgarians.[4] According to the secretary of the Bulgarian Exarchate Dimitar Mishev's study ("La Macedoine et sa Population Chrétienne") in 1905 in Dolno Orizari lived 216 Bulgarian Exarchists.[5]


Due to its proximity to the city of Bitola, it became a place of emigration in the mid-late 20th century. In 1961, it had 848 inhabitants, whilst in 1994, that number increased to 1,503 inhabitants.[2]

According to the 2002 census, 1,834 inhabitants lived in the village, 1,828 Macedonians, 4 Roma, 1 Vlach and 1 other.

Year 1900[6] 1905[7] 1948[8] 1953[8] 1961[8] 1971[8] 1981[8] 1991[8] 1994[8] 2002[8]
Population 440 216 525 643 848 836 1.236 1.543 1.503 1.834


Dolno Orizari is a Macedonian Orthodox village, all of the families in the village are immigrants.

According to studies from the late 1940s, the roots of the families of Dolno Orizari are as follows:[3]

  • Older families: Maslarovci, Stajevci, and Vragovci, descend from unknown places, the first two families descend from the same ancestor; Klepačovci, descend from the village Klepač, with farther roots from the Prespa region; Beličovci, related to Klepačovci and Gjorevci, descend from an unknown village in Prilep.
  • Newer families: Jakovčevci and Jurukovci, descend from neighbouring Karamani; Konjarci, descend from the village of Konjari near Prilep, it is unknown whether they are from Malo Konjari or Golemo Konjari; Kjumkovci descend from neighbouring Logovardi; Ravanovci, descend from Porodin; Demirovci, descend from Logovardi, where they belonged to the family Stanoovci; Bendžovci and Spirovci, descend from Dobromiri; Šutakovci, descend from Alinci; Krepiovci, descend from Radobor; Nočevci, descend from Sveto Todori; Čepelovci, descend from Logovardi; Morijovci, descend from Tepavci; Srpčani, descend from the village Dolno Srpci; Čarlinci, Karpašovci, and Vejkrpa, descend from Dolna Čarlija; Sazdo, descend from Meglenci; Štrkovci, and Stojčevci, descend from Virovo; Nočevci, descend from Sloeštica; Trpevci, descend from the surroundings of Struga; Grkot, and Petre, descend from the surroundings of Voden; Angjelevci, Boškovci, Kekerovci, Basarovci, Čakrevci, Lozanovci, Musliovci, Krstevci, and Birtanovci, descend from unknown places.

The majority of these families settled in Dolno Orizari prior to 1912.

Notable residentsEdit

Born in Dolno OrizariEdit


  • Elementary school Dame GruevDolno Orizari.
  • Clinic Niko Mediko.
  • Post Office (7204).
  • Kindergarten Estreja-Ovadija Mara.

Cultural and natural sightsEdit

Archeological localitiesEdit

  • Geramidnica – a locality from bronze and late-ancient times;[9]
  • St. Petka – a church from medieval times;[9]
  • Sever I – a locality from neolithic times;[9]
  • Sever II – a locality from neolithic times;[9]
  • Domus Pole I – a locality from medieval times;[9]
  • Sakojci – a locality from neolithic times.[9]


  • Church St. Petka – the main village church


  1. ^ "Dolno Orizari Bitola, Macedonia - Dolno Orizari Bitola | Dolno Orizari map".
  2. ^ a b Панов, Митко (1998), English: Encyclopedia of the villages in the Republic of Macedonia (free usage for scientific purposes as a material for Wikiexpeditions and editing articles) (PDF), retrieved 22 May 2020
  3. ^ a b Trifunoski, Jovan F.; Трифуноски, Јован Ф. (1998). Bitoljsko-Prilepska kotlina : antropogeografska proučavanja. Beograd: Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti. ISBN 86-7025-267-8. OCLC 41961345.
  4. ^ Кѫнчовъ, Василъ. Македония. Етнография и статистика. София, Българското книжовно дружество, 1900. ISBN 954430424X. с. 239.
  5. ^ Brancoff, D.M. "La Macédoine et sa Population Chrétienne". Paris, 1905, pp. 166–167.
  6. ^ "Makedonija. Etnografija i statistika – 2.36". Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  7. ^ D.M.Brancoff. "La Macédoine et sa Population Chrétienne". Paris, 1905, рр. 166–167.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Население по возраст и по пол, по населени места, според пописите спроведени во Република Македонија по Втората светска војна". PX-Web. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Д-р Гоце Наумов и Слободан Стојкоски, НОВИ ПРЕДИСТОРИСКИ ТУМБИ ВО ПЕЛАГОНИЈА, Национална установа Завод за заштита на спомениците на културата и музеј, Битола, 2015