Rejuvenation for Body and Mind
Near the Katlanovo village, 230 meters above sea level we come across a magnificent natural spa. It is located in the lower coarse of the river Pchinja, in an oak forest. The place itself brings inner peace.
The bath is connected with the capital, Skopje, by a contemporary thoroughfare, only 25 kilometers long. Even adjacent to a big city, the air and the climate in the spa region is completely different. Knowledge dating back to the roman times speaks about the properties of these curative waters.
There was a pinpoint for this spa on the Tabula Peutingeriana during the reign of the Roman Empire. From the both sides of the river Pchinja there are remaining from this era with names from the aristocracy.
Hot Mineral Springs
There are a few little springs in the surroundings of this spa. That’s why the people in Macedonia refer to this place as “the baths”. However, the main spring is a hole from which 1.5 liters of water come out every second. Its warmth is 40° Celsius (140° Fahrenheit) and it contains sodium, calcium, chlorine, sulfates and hydrocarbonates.
The possibilities that this spa can offer are numerous. Many people who visit it don’t have any conditions. They just go to relax and rejuvenate their organism. A team of professionals can meet the needs and criteria of even the most demanding guests and patients.
The healing powers of these waters can help cure rheumatism, skin sores, tuberculosis, sciatica and relief chronic pain. It is also beneficial for treating anemia, insomnia, infertility, venereal diseases, kidney stones and diabetes.
A Rich, Significant Past
One historical moment and a famous person from Macedonia’s past describe the benefits of the therapeutic powers of the spa in the most illustrative way. In the spring of year 540 the Byzantine Emperor Justinian Prima caught a terrible disease. He had a devoted general in his service, named Belisarius. This general took his ill master from Constantinople to the Katlanovo Spa.
Nevertheless, Belisarius had urgent business back home. He left his ruler with little hope that he would find him alive when he returns. After two months he returned, anxious about the state of his Emperor.
“Belisarius stood before the double stone gate. When the moved the two heavy boulders, the morning sun pierced inside the hall. The bright beams illuminated Justinian’s face, and as he spoke, Belisarius’s fate in miracles expanded. ‘Katlanovo is the kettle where the sun is born. If something can heal me, then this place of water and air must be it.’ As the gates opened completely, Belisarius could see his master in glorious splendor and impeccable majesty. Justinian was smiling and holding his hands wide open.”
Recent Notable Mentions
In 1859 on the place of the current spa resort there was a Turkish hammam. It operated until the catastrophic earthquake in 1963. There is a commemorative plaque on the spot with the writing:
“A memento for the blessings this warm water possesses. May it be everlasting and beneficial for the generations to come. It flows from a stone mouth, blessed by Allah. Daut Pasha built a few buildings and a basin. After him, Hafs Pasha expanded the complex and then left it to the people. He was very generous and inspired the writing on this house of water. This is a pure and beautiful spring. May it cleanse everyone who pays a visit.” 1898.
The Professional Way
To conclude, today in the spa you can experience many treatments which will suit your skin and muscles. If beatification and regeneration are important to you, you could always book a term. From the famous Pindasweda (hot pillows filled with herbs) to hot volcano stones. There are many massages and possibilities you can try from. Some are fancy and luxurious like the “Justinian” or the “Alexander the Great” treatment. Other things to pick from are lymph drainages, liftings, oxygenation, algae or chocolate scrubs and more.