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The name Manāsti̊r (Greek monas-tírion ) is not an uncommon toponym (cf. Goljam Manastir in Bulgaria and Manasti̊r near Beyşehir in Turkey). However, it usually occurs as the Turkish designation for the modern town of Bitolain the Socialist Republic of Macedonia in Yugoslavia. Bitola is situated near the site of the ancient town of Heraclea where the eastern foothills of the 2,601m. high Mt. Pelister merge with the Pelagonian Plain. The town, already mentioned as an episcopal see in the 5th/11th century, had developed into an important urban cent…

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Ursinus, M., “Manāsti̊r”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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