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A view from the Zrze Monastery overlooking the Pelagonija plain at sunset. The Autumn colours have come earlier to the mountain slopes. I found this in Wikitravel: "Zrze Monastery – personal favourite, the monastery has two churches joined under one roof, the older one is built in the middle of 14th c., and the other one right next to it, is built 17th c. Excellent frescoes are the ones painted on the main facade of the church under a charming porch. The monastery stands on a plateau with breathtaking view over Pelagonija plain and the surrounding mountains. The monks are very friendly and they’ll prepare tee and coffee for you. They will also tell you the history of the monastery and show you the surroundings. Look for the water spring behind the monastery for the most tasty water I have ever tried. The monastery is 34km north-west of Prilep on the road towards Brod, and it includes some effort to be reached. To the village of Zrze there is 5km dirt road, and from there 30min. pleasant hike. Possibilities: arrange a taxi from Prilep (he’ll probably refuse to drive the dirt road); take a bus going to Brod, ask to be dropped at the village Ropotovo and from there take a taxi or hitchhike to the beginning of the dirt road, walk the rest. Because of the lack of premises for visitors, the monastery is open for everyone only for one-day visits."

I took a return taxi from Prilep. It's the only vehicle in the carpark. Here's the location in Google Maps:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Zrze,+Macedonia+(FYROM)/@41.3428608,20.7149903,9.46z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x1356b96bb6939319:0xb73a38801d783e24

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