|Country||Republic of Macedonia|
|• Mayor||Slavčo Čadiev (VMRO-DPMNE)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||+389 043|
Vilazora was a Paeonian city from the period of early classic antiquity. The city's name was Vylosa in Ancient Greek. During Ottoman times Veles was a township (kaza) with the name Köprülü in the Üsküp sandjak. From 1877 to 1912 the sandjak was part of the Kosovo vilayet. It was named Köprülü after its founder Mehmed Köprülü, a Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire. From 1929 to 1941, Veles was part of the Vardar Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. After World War II, the city was known as Titov Veles after Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito, but the 'Titov' was removed in 1996. Cars registered in Veles were identified by the code TV (Titov Veles), which was changed as late as 2000 to VE.
The area of present-day Veles has been inhabited for over a millennium. In antiquity, it was a Paionian city called Bylazora, and contained a substantial population of Thracians and possibly Illyrians. For short period it was a Bulgarian city in the First Bulgarian Empire and the Second Bulgarian Empire, later it was part of the Serbian Empire in the early 14th century and the town governor was Jovan Oliver during the time of Emperor Dusan, it was part of Konstantin Dragas realm in 1355-1395. Before the Balkan Wars, it was a township (kaza) with the name Köprülü in Uskub sandjak, vilayet, Ottoman empire.
Some identify Veles with the Velitza of which Clement of Ohrid was bishop. The Annuario Pontificio identifies Veles instead with the bishopric of Bela, a suffragan of Achrida, and lists it, as no longer a residential diocese, among titular sees.
Through Macedonia Veles is known as industrial center and recently, as a leader in the implementing of IT in the local administration in Macedonia.
Veles is a city of poetry, culture, history and tradition, as well as a town with plentiful and precious cultural heritage and centuries old churches.
Veles is a municipality of 55,000 people.
Veles experiences steppa climate (BSk) with cold winters and very hot summers. Daily averages range from 0.7 °C (33.3 °F) in January up to 24.6 °C (76.3 °F) in July. On 30 March 1952, in Veles the temperature was recorded at 36 °C (96.8 °F), due to hot southwestern wind.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Veles (city) is twinned with:
Other forms of partnership:
Two TV stations and many radio stations operate in Veles,they are Channel 21 & Zdravkin.
Veles has a lot of sports teams, the most popular of which are:
People from Veles
- Köprülü Fazıl Ahmed, Ottoman grand vizier
- Metodi Aleksiev, revolutionary
- Ezgjan Alioski, footballer
- Jovan Babunski, Chetnik vojvoda
- Panko Brashnarov, revolutionary
- Ilija Dimovski, member of Macedonian Parliament
- Gheorghe Ghica, Prince of Moldavia
- Vasil Glavinov, revolutionary
- Yordan Hadzhikonstantinov-Dzhinot, teacher and publicist
- Panče Kumbev, footballer
- Ivan Naumov, revolutionary
- Kole Nedelkovski, revolutionary
- Kazım Özalp, Turkish military office
- Faik Pasha, general of the Ottoman Army
- Jordan Popjordanov, revolutionary
- Zivko Prendzov, art graphic
- Kočo Racin, writer
- Igor Krajchev, writer
- Svetozar Ristovski, film director
- Safer Sali, Olympic wrestler
- Bobby Stojanov Varga, painter
- Mile Pop Yordanov, revolutionary
- Dragan Zdravkovski, footballer
- Rayko Zhinzifov, poet
- Lazar Petrović, Serbian general and adjutant of King Aleksandar Obrenović
- Rahmi Tekin, Osmanli Atlasi, Istanbul 2003
- Велес по осамостојувањето на Македонија Општина Велес
- Angeliki Delikari, "Clement of Ochrid (Saint)." Religion Past and Present. Brill Online, 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013
- Clemens van Ohrid
- Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 847
- veles.gov.mk[dead link]
- "Međunarodna suradnja Grada Pule". Grad Pula (in Croatian and Italian). Archived from the original on 2012-05-05. Retrieved 2013-07-28.