Štip shtēp [key], town (1994 pop. 46,372), central Macedonia. A historic town, it has mineral waters. Štip was an important center of the medieval Serbian and Bulgarian empires. From 1389 to 1913, it belonged to the Turks. The town has preserved a 14th-century monastery and the ruins of its old castle.
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