Located in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, Skopje has been at the crossroads of the region’s history for nearly two millennia. From Roman to Byzantine, Ottoman to Yugoslav and now Macedonian rule, this city has an incredible array of architectural styles and historical sites.
The capital city of Skopje was heavily damaged in a 1960s earthquake and rebuilt in the typical Communist style of concrete public buildings, broad avenues, and grey apartment high-rises. The city is located in a valley and is divided by the Vardar River crossed by the 15th-century Stone Bridge. North of the river, the Old Town has a few well-preserved Orthodox Churches and Ottoman Mosques and baths, as well as the ruins of the imposing Skopje Fortress (Tvrdina Kale).
Be sure to visit Skopje’s Old Bazaar; one of the oldest and largest marketplaces in The Balkans. As the city’s center for commerce and trade since the 12th century, the bazaar’s winding cobblestone streets are a treasure trove of excellently preserved Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. Located in the new town is the newly rebuilt Macedonia Square, which holds the famous 15th century Stone Bridge, and the 100 feet-tall statue of Alexander the Great.
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