Vardarski Rid is an archaeological site in Gevgelija of a town dating from Early Antiquity. Archaeological excavations reveal the architectural layout of the monumental stoa, an acropolis, and other segments from the settlement. Vardarski Rid is also used today as a picnic spot.

Vardarski Rid is located in the central part of the Lower Vardar Valley. It is located at a dominant strategic position above the Gevgelija Plain, Gevgelija, and the Vardar River. The Vardar River surrounds the ancient town's northern and eastern border. The lowlands of the Gevgelija Plain stretch west and south of Vardarski Rid. The site consists of two hills, one hill is taller and steeper, and the other is shorter.

Parts of the excavations are exhibited in the municipal museum, Gevgelija.



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Founded: 13th century BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in North Macedonia


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Veronika Dojranlieva (12 months ago)
Very good for recreation and also you have near a restaurant.
Dragan Ange (15 months ago)
Great view from the top. Historic place with beautiful nature and clean air. Sad that it has been neglected by the town and the archeological organization.
Dejan Petkovski (2 years ago)
Nice and cool place to stay you can breathe a fresh air directly from nature.
Stefan Perdal (3 years ago)
Nice place to take a stroll. Sad with the trash that people just throw on the ground. Would think people would want to take better care of this place.
Jaroslav Madacki (3 years ago)
Originally built on a hill named "Vadarski Rid" overlooking the Vardar River was a memorial complex called the "Monument to Freedom", at the center of which was a polished metal abstract sculpture called the "Flower of Freedom". The purpose of this monument was to honor the people of this region who struggled for freedom throughout history. Built in 1969 by Prilep-born Macedonian sculptor Jordan Grabul, the central monument was approached by a long set of stone stairs going up the hill which were flanked on either side by three mosaic murals mounted on concrete walls. The mosaics depicted scenes of resistance and uprising, with the two images above showing the mosaics honoring the Ilinden Uprising and the People's Liberation Struggle. Crafted in a monochromatic color scheme, the mosaics depict vibrant stylized figures defined with thick curving black lines accented with splashes of yellow. The style is expressive and bright against the Vardar landscape. However, during the onset of the Yugoslav wars and the fall of Yugoslavia, this complex began to fall into disrepair and neglect. Then, the situation declined further for the memorial site when the decision was made to excavate the Bronze Age/Roman ruins which were initially discovered early on in the monument's construction. At this point, the central Flower of Freedom monument was relocated and the ruins underneath the Vadarski Rid monument site began to be excavated. However, through all of this, the mosaic walls were left in place. They continue to exist here up until present-day, but all traces indicating their significance or meaning have been removed.
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