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In the Battle of Maritsa of 1371, the King of Prilep Vukašin Mrnjavčević and his brother Jovan Uglješa led 70,000 men against the Ottomans. Despite having smaller numbers, the Ottomans managed to kill Vukašin and his brother and win the battle.
After the battle, most of Serbia broke into smaller principalities. One of those principalities is known as the Kingdom of Prilep, led by Vukašin's son Marko. Like most regional rulers in Macedonia, Marko accepted vassalage under Sultan Murad I to preserve his position.
The Battle of Kosovo of 1389 sealed the fate of Macedonia for the next 500 years. While both armies lost leaders and large numbers of soldiers, the Ottomans could easily assemble another army just as large while the locals could not.
Marko died alongside Konstantin Dragaš at the Battle of Rovine in 1395.
Five hundred years of Ottoman rule
During the Ottoman rule of Macedonia, cities experienced many changes with regards to the demographic makeup of their population and the look of their cityscapes. With laws that prohibited Christian buildings from being higher than Islamic ones, the skylines of cities like Skopje and Bitola were dominated by minarets.
Ottoman traveller Evliya Çelebi visited the city of Bitola in 1661. He wrote that of the seven mosques in the city at the time, six were built in the 16th century. Most of the mosques constructed in Macedonia were square in shape with a three-domed portico and a minaret on the building's right side.
Macedonian cities under Ottoman rule
The Balkan Wars consisted of two wars that occurred in 1912 and 1913. The first began on 8 October 1912 when the nations of the Balkan League, who had large parts of their ethnic populations under Ottoman rule, attacked the Ottoman Empire. It lasted seven months with the Balkan League nations coming up victorious, ending 500 years of Ottoman rule in Macedonia and the Balkans.
From the time that Macedonia first became part of the Ottoman Empire to the mid-19th century, it was located in the eyalet of Rumelia.
After adminstrative reform in 1860s, the Ottoman Empire was divided into vilayets which were subdivided into sanjaks.
The northern part of the Republic of Macedonia was located in the Kosovo vilayet. Sanjaks located in this vilayet that contained territory now within Macedonia include:
- Sanjak of Üsküp, which included Skopje, Kumanova (Kumanovo), İştip (Štip), Kratova (Kratovo), and Koçana (Kočani)
- Sanjak of Prizren, which included Kalkandelen (Tetovo)
The southwestern part of the country was located in the Monastir vilayet. Sanjaks located in this vilayet that contained territory now within Macedonia include:
- Sanjak of Monastir, which included Bitola, Ohri (Ohrid), Resne (Resen), and Pirlepe (Prilep)
- Sanjak of Debre, which included Debar and Kiçevo (Kičevo)
The southeastern part of the Republic of Macedonia was located in the Salonika vilayet. Sanjaks located in this vilayet that contained territory now within Macedonia include:
- Sanjak of Selanik, which included Tikveş (Kavadarci), Usturumca (Strumica), Köprülü (Veles), Doyran (Dojran), and Gevgili (Gevgelija)
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- ^ "The Church of St Spas - Skopje". National Tourism Portal of Macedonia. 2005-07. http://www.exploringmacedonia.com/?ItemID=60170837F99D7A4AAF93A56C3D280825. Retrieved August 27, 2010. "...half of it was constructed underground, due to the 17th century edict of the Turkish Sultan that prohibited Christian structures from being higher than mosques."
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- The book on Marko Kraljevic - Marko, The King's Son - Hero of The Serbs by Clarence A. Manning, O. Muiriel Fuller, illustrated by Alexander Key
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