Traces of settlement go back in the 3rd century BC. Its first location was considered to be more below of mountain Jablanica than it is today, in a place called Seliste. There is a possibility of a merge between Seliste and ana antic Macedonian settlement called Vajtos that it is considered to be above today’s Vevcani.

The legends and old writings suggest that Vevcani is an old settlement and its beginnings go back in the end of the 6th century and the beginning of the 7th century, when the tribe Berziti ( Brsjaci) overcame Struga’s area and populated today's Vevcani area, that is, southeast area of Jablanica.

There are several written sources about the history of Vevcani, one of them is Kalimanovata gramota as the most researched document so far. It is written that Vevcani as a village at the end of the 9th century it is highly developed, economically strong and bound to pay taxes to the Bulgarian prince Boris I , and after him, to the emperor Simeon the Great.

The next written source tells of the village that goes by the name Vescani at the 14th century, that is in the year 1342 – 1345 when the king Stefan Dusan gave a stone plate to the church of the Holy Mother in Ohrid. In the 16th century, inside the Ottoman tax records, among the non-Muslim population in the year 1509 there were 208 houses but in the year 1519 there were 223 homes and this village was even bigger than Struga, which, back then only had 176 homes. In the beginning of the 16th century in the year 1633 – 1634 the village was written under the name Vescano with total of 154 households.

During the late period of the Ottoman empire the citizens of Vevcani were distinguished with bravery, patriotism, harshness and dedication to the Orthodox Christian religion.

The socialist barricade for difense of Vevchani dignity


In the year of 1934 in Vevcani a Health Station was made and very soon it became famous all around the area. 

At its highest peak, in the year of 1968 the authority at that time tried to ruin the Health Station unlawfully with the help of the police, it wanted to suffocate the work of the Station.

With an incredible speed the locals learnt about their intention and they put up barricades in front of the Health Station. The barricades were made out of stones, trees, cars … Those were the first socialist barricades ever in our country during that period, the whole local area gathered together to defend what is theirs and what is right.     



Vevcani case is a 1987 case well known about the resistance and disobedience towards the ruling authority from the citizens of Vevcani when they tried to preserve their water in order not to be relocated to the elite settlement Elen Kamen and keep it where it belongs, in Vevcani. The authorities tried to do this with an excuse that they are going to guide the water to the neighboring village, Oktisi, but the people of Vevcani knew that they were lying and that they were planning to give it to the elite settlement Elen Kamen. The people of Vevcani unanimously stood against the militia and didn't allow for the water pipes to be built. The riots reached its peak on 7th of August in 1987 when special police units intervened and beat the people, for the first time in Jugoslavija with "electric truncheons". These events got a lot of unusual publicity not just in Macedonia and Jugoslavia, but further on into the world. After these events there is a symbolic self-proclamation of Vevcani as a Republic of Vevcani that has its own passports and money ( licnici), that are an excellent attraction to tourist.

In the center of Vevcani, till this very day there is a monument plate where the names of the traitors are written down saying: "may God strike them dead"