The utilitarian buildings located in the old town core were built towards the end of the XIX c and the beginning of the XX c., and are decorated with the stylish elements characteristic of all “Neo” styles, influences which were brought in from Thessaloniki as a result of imports of different plastic-ceramic decorations, and from Vienna by the masons that worked and were educated there.
Those influences created an eclectic and colorful variety of architectural styles that had not been common to this region before then.
The most frequently observed architectural styles in Bitola are: Neo-Renaissance, Neo-classic, Secession, but there are many buildings which it is very hard to determine the style they belong to, due to the variety of the decorative elements used in their construction, and are treated as eclectic architecture.
The buildings of the utilitarian architecture built at the end of the XIX c. and the beginning of the XX c. are located in the old town core, and divided into protection zones.
Zone 1 consists of monumental buildings located in the old town core.
Zone 2 and 4 represents the residential part of the town with numerous buildings of town style of architecture and authentic streets.
Zone 3 is made up of the old Bitola bazaar. 704 individual utilitarian buildings are registered in the town area, among which 100 of them are protected by special regulations.
All those buildings, together with the colossal monuments of this part of the town, encircled by the green spaces and the views towards the surrounding areas gives the specific physiognomy and look of the town.
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