VELES: In 1991, the population was 67,535. Situated on the main route linking Serbia with Geece, Veles grew in the last century into an important centre of trade.
It has grown up in a deep valley with steep sides on the banks of the River Vardar. The town was predominantly industrial. There is a lead-zinc smelter
a porcelain factory and a silk factory, as well as leather and metal
industries. Agriculture, viticulture and market-gardening are well-developed.
Veles is a town with a rich cultural tradition. Significant nearby centres are Prilep, 81 km to the south; Bitola, 127 km to the south and Skopje, 58 km to the north-west. Surrounding villages include Dzumajlija and Gorno Orizari.
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