Vranje » Vranje | 89 Utvrđenje iz kojeg je poniklo Vranje u 13. veku nalazi se na 4,5 kilometara severno od grada / The fortification that forms Vranje’s 13th century origins is located 4.5 kilometres north of the city jan. When he saw that he couldn’t prevent that love, Selim-beg decided to kill the Serb. Aisha stood between Stojan and her father, protecting the love of her life with her body and losing her life as a result. Stojan, who was emotionally broken by her death, took his own life. Selim-beg wanted to do something for their love to transcend the times, and thereby atone for his sins, at least a little. So he decided to erect the White Bridge, with the intention of connecting the two religions and two peoples. A plaque has remained on the bridge, reading in Turkish “Cursed shall be the one who divides what love unites”. Legend has it that you only have to cross the bridge once and return to the other side for something good to happen to you. Marko’s Fortress e fortification that forms Vranje’s 13th century origins is located 4.5 kilometres north of the city and today represents a ruin, with little having been preserved. More importantly, however, is the story that it was actually the fortress of Marko Kraljević, who ruled over this area. Vranjska Banja is spa town became a worldwide phenomenon when it was confirmed that it has the warmest natural water in Europe (ranging from 94 to 110 degrees C), placing it among the top three hots spas in the world. Its spring provides approximately 140 litres per second. Prohor Pčinjski e hermit the Venerable Prohor of Pčinja is known to have lived there in the early 11th century. As a young man, he tookupa lifeof abstinence as ahermit, first travelling to the Nagorje region and then finding refuge on Mount Kozjak. Legend has it that he didn’t encounter another human being for more than 30 years, until he met future Byzantine emperor Romanos IV Diogenes, who was hunting in the forests of Mount Kozjak. While following a wounded deer, a Byzantine nobleman came across the cave of the monk Prohor by chance, and the holy man prophesied that he would become emperor. Perhaps Diogenes would have forgotten about this chance encounter and prophecy if, after having already ascended to the imperial throne, he hadn’t been visited in a dream by Prohor, who said to him reproachfully: “You’ve forgottenme, oldman”. e emperor then returned to Mount Kozjak and, after a lengthy search, found themortal remains of the oldman. Believers claimthatmiracles already began tooccur even then. FirstlywhenEmperorDiogenesdecided tobuilda church in Staro Nagoričane. However, when they tried to relocate Prohor’s relics there, the boneswouldnot shift, as if nailed to the ground. Even after death, it seemed, Monk Prohor didn’twant to abandon the Pčinja area. And thus a small church was erected using stone from the river, with the remains of the saint interred there. More than 200 years later, Holy King Milutin built a larger house of worship above that church. Monah Prohor ni mrtav nije želeo da napusti pčinjski kraj Even after death, it seemed, Monk Prohor didn’t want to abandon the Pčinja areai