Tetovo (Macedonian: Тетово, Albanian: Tetovë) is a town tucked into the northwestern corner of western Macedonia, in the shadow of the Šar Mountains. The major city of the Polog region, it has about 53,000 people, making it the fifth-largest city in Macedonia.

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Šarena Džamija

The most unique mosque in Macedonia, the Šarena Džamija (meaning "Decorated Mosque") was originally built in 1438. It was, however, reconstructed in 1833 by Abdurrahman Pasha, when it received its present appearance. Abdurrahman Pasha was an art enthusiast which helps explain why the mosque has bright floral paintings, unlike other Ottoman mosques which typically have ceramic tile decor. More than 30,000 eggs were used to prepare the paint and glaze that went into the elaborate decorations. In addition to the geometric and floral ornamentation, landscape is also encountered. Among the pictorial decorations, especially attractive is the depiction of Mecca, a rare and perhaps the only example of an illustration of the shrine of Muhammad in southeast Europe. Another uncommon feature of this mosque is that it is not topped by a domed roof. The courtyard contains a türbe (tomb), a fountain, and is filled with flowers. The mosque sits on Ilindenska Boulevard just west of the Pena River.

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Arabati Baba Tekje

A tekje is a place of spiritual retreat in the Bektashi Order, a type of Sufi Islam, similar to a monastery. This one is the best surviving Bektashi tekje in Europe. The sprawling complex was established in 1538. Ali Baba, brother-in-law of Sultun Suleiman the Magnificent, was banished to Tetovo in the 16th century. He practiced the way of the Bektashi Order until his death, after which his only surviving pupil Arabati Baba founded a monastery to commemorate Ali Baba. The current buildings in the complex were built in the late 18th century by Recep Pasha whose tomb lies next to that of Ali Baba. Some of the buildings are in good shape while others are in poor condition. After the Ottomans were driven out of Macedonia, the complex was nationalised under Yugoslavia and used as a hotel and museum. Today, in the Republic of Macedonia, the complex is back in the hands of the Bektashi Order.

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Bus Station

There is perfect and regular bus connection with all of the cities in Macedonia. There is a regular bus line from/to Skopje on every 30 minutes, taking around 50 minutes to an hour to cover the route, costing 110 den one-way. [http://satbus.mk/buslines.php?l=local&d=7 Sat-bus departs] {{dead link|May 2016}}, to Gostivar (hourly, between 6.00-19.40), to Skopje (half hourly, 6.00-19.40), to Kičevo (6:00, 7:00, 12:00, 13:20, 15:20, 17:00, 19:20), to Struga (seven times per day, 6.00-18:25), Kumanovo (three times). - [http://www.eurobus.com.mk/ Eurobus] is an international coach operator based in Macedonia that has almost daily tours from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Slovenia. Prices from 70€ and possible to get student discount. Almost daily in modern coaches from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia. Stops in the major cities Skopje, Tetovo, Ohrid.

Church of Sts Cyril and Methodius

This church, built from 1903 to 1918, is one of the biggest churches in the Polog region. It was built in the old part of the town. The church is a three-nave basilica with a single dome and a cruciform basis. It is primarily white with a red roof. The fresco painting on the walls was done by painter Danilo Nestorovski in 1924. The church also contains an icon gallery.

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Tetovo Fortress

Situated on the hill Baltepe above the city on the east bank of the Pena River, this fortress was first inhabited during Late Antiquity. Most of the visible remains date from 1820, built under Abdurrahman Pasha. It now sits in ruins with walls, arches, and tunnels. A couple structures stand pretty well-preserved.

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Bey's Hamam

Built in the 15th century, this hamam (Turkish bath) sits across the river from the Šarena Džamija on Ilindenska Boulevard. Both the hamam and the mosque were built around the same time. In 1962, the stone-built structure was transformed into an art gallery. It was completely renovated in 2015.

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Popova Šapka

A peak of the Šar Mountains rising 1,780 m (5,840 ft) and a ski resort surrounding the peak, west of Tetovo. It is Macedonia's most popular ski resort with several hotels and restaurants. Various ski trails are good for beginners and experts. It is basically a ghost town outside of ski season.

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Church of St Nicholas

Located in the northern part of town, this church was originally built in 1842. However, it was destroyed in 1872 and sat in ruins until reconstruction began in 1901. It was completed in 1912. A church dedicated to St Parasheva and St Nedela was built in 2007 behind the Church of St Nicholas.

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Monastery of St George

Within the village of Mala Rečica, just west of the Arabati Baba Tekje, this monastery was destroyed by Albanian insurgents in the 2001 conflict but, with the help of the village's primarily ethnic Albanian population, it has been rebuilt.

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Memorial Museum of the Communist Party of Macedonia

Tetovo is where the Communist Party of Macedonia was founded in the 1940s. The museum is located in the former Jovanovski family home where the communist committee, including chairman Lazar Koliševski, was first appointed

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Church of St Athanasius

Located within the Tetovo Fortress, a church existed in this area in the 13th century but the present-day church was built in 1922. Its metal roof is one of its uncommon features. A large cross stands atop the bell tower.

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Holy Virgin Mother of God Church

Across the Pena River from the Church of St Nicholas, this church was completed in 1916. It has a bell tower and a dome.

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A picturesque mountain village northwest of Tetovo.

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About Tetovo

The population of Tetovo is majority ethnic Albanian, with a minority of Macedonians and others. While the city is often known as the unofficial capital of the Albanians of Macedonia, and expressions of Albanian national pride, in the form of flag waving from houses and cars and graffiti depicting the map of the "Greater Albania", are common, this is by no means an exclusively Albanian city, and referring to it as such will offend the non-Albanian residents, particularly the ethnic Macedonians — and you can never know who you have been talking to. The Roman alphabet, in which the Albanian language is written, dominates throughout the city, while Cyrillic signage can be seen on one of the main streets, which is probably the part of the city where the Macedonian community gathers. Travellers will be rewarded with local hospitality and beautiful scenery in Tetovo.

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