Skopje | Between Byzantine and Ottomans

Posted by on May 30, 2013

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Skopje is a lookout tower on the edge of the ancient Macedonian kingdom, like a crossroad  of people it is suspended between the Crescent and the Cross which  is experiencing a strong revival of economic and tourism, so that the CNN dedicated a beautiful piece, entitled “Skopje, the hidden gem of the Balkans “.

Skopje

Skopje

Several “things to see”, retracing the tape of a story that goes under the domination of the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans, the Fort Kale, the Monastery of St. Panteleimon, the Mosque of Mustafa Pasha and that of Aladija, the aqueduct and the Roman stone bridge, ending with a walk in the old town of Skopje, between the fort and the river Vardar.

Ottman color in Skopje

Ottman color in Skopje

And in the old town, a must in turkish bazaar is “Carsija, where in addition to breathe the air of the former Ottoman rule you might do some good business, perhaps among many jewelers who are in this part of town. You can arrive at the international airport of Skopje Alexander the Great, and you can turn without spending too much in a taxi, as a run on average is about 200 dinars (get off at well-known places though).

Castle in Skopje

Castle in Skopje

Bridge in Skopje

Bridge in Skopje

Architecture of Skopje

Architecture of Skopje

Another must see is the statue of Alexander the Great, riding the legendary Bucephalus, was installed in 2011(June) in the main square of Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. The bronze statue, made in Italy is almost 13 meters high and was placed on a 10 meters high podium (it costs around € 9 million).

There were large demonstrations of joy among the Macedonians, many of whom commented with phrases like “Alexander is finally back home.” But great was the rebellion of Greece, which always opposes the Balkan state that friezes of the name and symbols of ancient Macedonia.

Photos: David Edgar | Dominik.Tefert | Svilen Enev | Yemc | anjči | Panoramas.

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