Lazaropole (Macedonian: Лазарополе) is an uninhabited village in the Municipality of Mavrovo and Rostuša, North Macedonia. Situated on a plateau at Mount Bistra and surrounded by beech and oak forest; at 1,350 m altitude, it is one of the highest settlements in the country.

Lazaropole
Лазарополе
Panoramic view of the village
Panoramic view of the village
Lazaropole is located in North Macedonia
Lazaropole
Lazaropole
Location within North Macedonia
Coordinates: 41°32′10″N 20°41′38″E / 41.53611°N 20.69389°E / 41.53611; 20.69389Coordinates: 41°32′10″N 20°41′38″E / 41.53611°N 20.69389°E / 41.53611; 20.69389
Country North Macedonia
RegionLogo of Polog Region.svg Polog
MunicipalityCoat of arms of Mavrovo and Rostuša Municipality.svg Mavrovo and Rostuša
Population
 (2002)
 • Total0
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

The village is named after a local medieval hero, Lazar, who according to legend was the sole survivor of a Turkish attack on his village. The rest of the townspeople were killed in a cave where they had sought refuge, while Lazar, the only survivor, crawled outside and built a new town.

There are about 400 houses in the village. The older ones reveal the traces of the Mijaci highland building style. The village was the birthplace of numerous authors, educators, carvers, teachers, fresco and icon painters, and constructors.[citation needed] Especially picturesque are the village St. George's Church (Lazaropole) [mk], built in 1838, and the small churches in the forests near the village.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Lazaropole (1961–1990, extremes 1973–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.8
(62.2)
16.7
(62.1)
23.8
(74.8)
24.3
(75.7)
28.3
(82.9)
30.7
(87.3)
38.6
(101.5)
38.3
(100.9)
31.6
(88.9)
27.5
(81.5)
25.3
(77.5)
17.4
(63.3)
38.6
(101.5)
Average high °C (°F) 2.2
(36.0)
3.0
(37.4)
6.1
(43.0)
10.6
(51.1)
15.5
(59.9)
18.9
(66.0)
22.2
(72.0)
22.3
(72.1)
18.7
(65.7)
13.3
(55.9)
8.0
(46.4)
4.0
(39.2)
12.1
(53.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) −1.9
(28.6)
−1.5
(29.3)
1.4
(34.5)
5.6
(42.1)
10.4
(50.7)
13.6
(56.5)
16.0
(60.8)
15.5
(59.9)
12.2
(54.0)
7.7
(45.9)
3.4
(38.1)
−0.5
(31.1)
6.8
(44.2)
Average low °C (°F) −5.9
(21.4)
−5.0
(23.0)
−2.8
(27.0)
1.1
(34.0)
5.0
(41.0)
7.8
(46.0)
9.4
(48.9)
9.4
(48.9)
7.0
(44.6)
3.5
(38.3)
0.0
(32.0)
−3.9
(25.0)
2.1
(35.8)
Record low °C (°F) −19.0
(−2.2)
−23.4
(−10.1)
−18.5
(−1.3)
−14.7
(5.5)
−9.1
(15.6)
−0.3
(31.5)
1.0
(33.8)
0.9
(33.6)
−4.0
(24.8)
−8.0
(17.6)
−14.0
(6.8)
−18.5
(−1.3)
−23.4
(−10.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 103.8
(4.09)
94.8
(3.73)
99.2
(3.91)
85.6
(3.37)
87.1
(3.43)
59.2
(2.33)
46.8
(1.84)
50.8
(2.00)
68.2
(2.69)
95.5
(3.76)
145.3
(5.72)
130.8
(5.15)
1,067.1
(42.01)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 11 11 11 11 10 8 5 6 6 8 11 12 110
Average relative humidity (%) 79 78 74 71 71 71 67 69 73 75 77 80 74
Mean monthly sunshine hours 104.2 105.7 140.8 161.6 197.3 223.9 289.4 274.0 225.5 172.6 117.8 83.4 2,106.2
Source 1: NOAA[1]
Source 2: Meteo Climat (record highs and lows)[2]

DemographicsEdit

According to the 2002 census, the village had a total of 0 inhabitants.[3]

CultureEdit

The traditional Macedonian folk dance Teškoto is from the area of Lazaropole.

People born in LazaropoleEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lazaropole Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Station Lazaropole" (in French). Meteo Climat. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  3. ^ Macedonian Census (2002), Book 5 - Total population according to the Ethnic Affiliation, Mother Tongue and Religion, The State Statistical Office, Skopje, 2002, p. 304.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Lazaropole at Wikimedia Commons