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In Byzantine times, the name was Hellenized to Voutélion (Βουτέλιον) or Vitólia (Βιτώλια), hence the names Butella used by William of Tyre and Butili by the Arab geographer al-Idrisi.
During the ruling of Radomir Gavril(1014–1015) Bitola is mentioned under the name of Buteliu. The Greek name for the city (Monastíri, Μοναστήρι), also meaning "monastery", is a calque of the Slavic name.
The Turkish name Manastır (Ottoman Turkish: ) is derived from the Greek name, as is the Albanian name (Manastir).
Bitola is located in the southwestern part of Macedonia. Bitola lies at an elevation of 615 meters above sea level, at the foot of Baba Mountain.
The Bronze Age is represented by the settlements of Tumba near the village of Kanino and the settlement with the same name near the village of Karamani.
The area of the town is located in ancient Lynkestis, a region of Upper Macedonia, which was ruled by semi-independent chieftains till the later Argead rulers of Macedon. They were a Greek tribe and belonged to the Molossian group of the Epirotes.
There are important metal artifacts from the ancient period at the necropolis of Crkvishte near the village of Beranci.
known also by several alternative names) is a city in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia.
It is located in the southern part of the Pelagonia valley, surrounded by the Baba, Nidže and Kajmakčalan mountain ranges, 14 kilometres (9 miles) north of the Medžitlija-Níki border crossing with Greece.