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Kratovo the ancient city of the middle age, and medieval towers and bridges, with its medieval and authentic looks, also successive complementing and with its antique old town architecture of the typical look of the Macedonian houses. The very well preserved old houses with their authentic and typical look for the city of Kratovo, are still the beautiful mark and decorating the area of the ancient city. So the well-intended visitors are calling them the houses to be amazed. Even if they are damaged by the tooth of the time the ancient old town houses still remain their looks of their authentic masterpiece and are still very precious architectural mark of the Kratovo city, so we can see that their builders confirm their unrepeatable and remarkable connection of practical and aesthetical all together joined with the traditional way of living of the people there. The most used material for building the houses was stones, wooden constructions of a very specific way called (pereste and plitar), who gives a strong and very elastic construction to the old houses. The roofs and the sealing were decorated with wooden cravings and the balconies are very specific mark for making the outlook of the houses. The doors were single or double but they are the most beautifully decorated detail of every house in the ancient old town architecture of the Kratovo city. Every house in the city had its own bathroom called amam, as well as the special room with fireplace for cooking and heating the house. The rooms, balconies and the ottoman minderi called sofas are all described from the well known travelling writers in their travelogue as Evlija Chelebia and Ami Bye. Close tide one to another alinged in the small streets (sokak) the houses were real national architectural treasures full with ornaments, but many of them today do not exist or they are ruined. The very famous and stylish structure are the Spaikova house which is the pearl of the old town Macedonian architecture, than Sarai house, Gichevci house, Gjurgjinchevi and Shancheva, than Josif Daskalov (protected by law), than the house of Efrem Karanov, Manasova and Pazavanska and many others as well. The most famous builders of the old times from the Kratovo's region who build that beautiful and well known houses are Shlegovska, Krilatichka, Talasmanska and Stracin builders team. Today in these days Gjurgjincheva or well known as Shancheva house is the first etno house in the Osogovo Region and its doors is opened recently for the visitors. The owner Stevce Donevski is renovating the house but he is keeping its original style and look without any changes of the interior design. The rooms are aranged with the antiquity furniture and all the others antiquties. The etno house Shancheva is settled near the Srezka Tower, the tourists visiting the etno house of Shancheva can feel the spirit of the way of living in the city of Kratovo through the history of past times. Besides the expounats of old antique things you can also visit inside the house the old vinery and a number of historical documents of the very rich archives for the old city of Kratovo. There, all the domestic and foreign visitors can feel the warmth and hostable atmosphere and welcoming attitude where can participate also in preparing and making traditional meals from the Osogovo Region as well the preparing of the special home made aromatic herbal salt called-k'cana sol-,which is only specific and authentic for that region, than home made jam of plams and figs,than home made specialities of very different vegetables called -pindjur- and lutenica, with picant tastes and flavours.