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Places to see in Skopje

Places to see in Skopje, things to do in Skopje, Macedonia


1. The Kale Fortress

The Skopje Fortress - Kale occupies a dominant position in the centre of the town. Archaeological findings show that the fortress was a settlement in prehistoric times, as early as the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Ages. Evidence of this is to be seen in the presence of the remains of pots, huts and palisades.





2. The old shopping district

The shopping district was in the centre of the town and all the roads led to it. It was the meeting place for trade, crafts and transport . Public buildings for the inhabitants' use were built in it the cloth market, mosques, inns, caravansarais, baths, schools etc. The soundly constructed cloth market occupied a dominant position.






3. The Stone Bridge

According to some Turkish documents, the bridge was built in the second half of the fifteenth century under the rule of Mehmed II. There is, however, another belief that the bridge was erected earlier, in the first half of the same century during the time of Murat II (1421 - 1451). This latter belief is supported by the fact that on the eastern parapet of the bridge there is a panel on which is inscribed the date of its construction. Further support is given to this view by records in the muniments room of Issa Bey's mosque, where it is recorded that the Stone Bridge was built in the time of Sultan Murat II.



4. Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa grew famous for humbly ministering to lepers, the homeless and the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. In 1928 Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu joined the Sisters of Our Lady of Lareto, a Catholic order that did charity work in India. She took the name Sister Teresa and for 17 years taught school in the country. In 1950 she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a new order devoted to helping the sick and poor; the order grew to include branches in more than 100 cities around the world, and Mother Teresa became a worldwide symbol of charity, meeting with Princess Diana and many other public figures. In 1979 Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, and in 1985 she was awarded the Medal of Freedom from the United States.




5. Mustafa Pasha's Mosque

A beautiful mosque under the Skopje fortress. The temple was built in 1492 by Mustafa Pasha, whose name in inscribed on a plaque above the gate. Artichitecurally, the temple is a cubical structure capped with a large cupola, 16m in diameter. The impression is complemented by the porch, which is supported by four marble pillars. The 47m high minraret and the mosque are built with cut marble. The interior is decorated with floral motifs.





6. Church of the Holy Ascension

The Church of the Holy Saviour is one of the most important cultural monuments in the city. It lies to the east of Fort Kale and only a high stone wall and a wooden belfry rising above it show the presence of a church at all. Even after the courtyard is entered through a heavy oak door the church remains unnoticed. In the courtyard stands a deeply impressive simple stone sarcophagus that holds the bones of Goce Del?ev (1872—1903), a Macedonian revolutionary and fighter for liberty.




7. The Besisten (covered market place)

In this attractive town, which has been known for ages and which enjoys a good reputation, a town which, time and again has been destroyed and yet reborn again, Gazi Ishak Bey built a beautiful besisten... The beginning of the inscription which is above the entrance of the besisten hints at the beauty of this besisten in the past. It further reveals that the besisten was built upon the ruins of the previous one, which was built in the middle of the 15th century by Ishak bey, the Sultan's regent for Skopje.




8. Kursumli An

Kursumli An is in the immediate vicinity of Bit-Bazaar. Built by Muzein Odza, in the middle of the XVI c. It is believed that it was named kursumli (tur. kur?unlu = lead) in XIX c by the leaden roof (during WWI the lead was taken down and used). Like other caravanserais, it consisted of two parts: one which provided accomodation to the merchants and storage for their goods, while the other part had accessory buildings. For a long time the Kursumli inn served as a gathering place for merchant and ther caravans and as such helped the development of the trade in the city.



9. Cifte Hammam

As implied by its name (tur cift =pair, double), Cifte Hammam belongs to the type of double baths, with separate wings for males and for females. It was built and bequeathed by Issa Bey in the middle of the XVc. The bathing ritual in both parts was identical. From the wardrobe there was an entrance to the acclimatization area, then to the auxilliary rooms (depilation and toiletry in the part for females; barber shops and toilets in the male compartment), with main bath after that. There was a stand in the middle of this area, made of stone, for spending time sweating and massage. This place in the female compartment was callled “hammam’s rose”.



10. Sultan Murat’s Mosque

The oldest preserved mosque in Skopje. Built in 1436, in the time of Sultan Murat II, on a prominent elevated spot in the old town. Also known as  Hunkyar Mosque and The Clock Tower Mosque (the Clock Tower is in its yard). In the past, the mosque has been damaged several times in fires, wars and earthquakes.



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