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The Naming of Selo Besiste

 

There is quite possibly more than one tale that tells of the name of Besiste. My niece remembers my father telling her how our village got its name. Around 1500, the area was called Satoka. The patron saint of the people there was, and still is, Sveta (saint) Petka. In attempts to convert the orthodox Macedonians to the Muslim faith, Ottoman Turks wreaked havoc across the land, burning down churches and killing people who protested. So was the fate of the church Sveta Petka in Satoka, burned to the ground along with the village.

 

Besiste today is...

 

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