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Sightseeing in Skopje - what to see. Complete travel guide

The capital of Macedonia is a city with dramatic and fascinating history. Here you will find simply everything for interesting rest - temples of wonderful beauty and cozy streets, ancient palaces and magnificent parks, shops and markets, and, of course, numerous restaurants and entertainment centers.
Skopje is the best base for exploring the national cuisine of Macedonia. There are restaurants of different classes in the city. You can try the best kebab in town in the attractive Destan … Open
It is believed that Skopje was founded in 518 by the order of Emperor Justinian I. However, the settlements on the territory of the modern city have existed before this, but the majority of those buildings were destroyed by the strong earthquake. The beginning of the city’s official history starts once it has been rebuilt by the order of the Byzantine ruler. The disaster, which had killed thousands of lives in 518, was not the last tragedy in the history of the city. Skopje has survived after numerous wars, and the city has been captured by the Turks and then the Austrians. In 1555 the nature made another strike, and a few years later here started an epidemic of plague.
The military destruction, earthquakes and terrible epidemics are now far in the past. Nowadays Skopje is a wonderful tourist destination with numerous iconic locations. Cozy and welcoming atmosphere is perfect for unhurried rest. Here is the best place to run away from the daily hustle, bustle and relax. Among the surviving monuments we should definitely distinguish the stone bridge, which has become the symbol of the city. The old towers of Daut Pasha now hold the exhibition of the local art gallery with works of famous sculptors and painters. The oldest architectural monument of the city is Calais Castle, which was built immediately after the earthquake of 518. The most popular market of the city is called "old Skopje bazaar" and is located in the old part of Skopje. Here you will find the work of artisans and largest choice of souvenirs and shops that make crafts and souvenirs by order. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
In 1963, a powerful earthquake has stroke Skopje and much of the historical and cultural sites have been destroyed. Thanks to efforts of local residents a number of cultural monuments were … Open
A really curious sight is Karavan-Sarai Kurshumli Khan hotel, which is known far beyond city limits. It was built in the 15th century and initially served as an inn for merchants. The unique historical hotel building managed to survive to this day, although it repeatedly changed its status over the years of its existence. At the end of the 19th century, it housed a prison where they kept Bulgarian revolutionaries. During the First World War, the building was in a state of neglect. Now, the wonderful hotel was reopened there again. You can admire ancient fountains and sculptures in the courtyard.
The Ristik Palace is a unique architectural building at the Macedonia square. It was built in 1926 and bears the name of its first owner, Vladislav Ristic, a famous pharmacist. The Ristik family owned this luxurious palace. His personal study was located on the ground floor. Nowadays, the historical building houses some nice shops.
1. Local cuisine is very peculiar and resembles Turkish. National cuisine restaurants are very popular among holidaymakers. Typically, in such dining places, in addition to local dishes, … Open
In the vicinity of Skopje, many excellent natural attractions are found. Doirano Lake is one of them. The beautiful lake is one of the largest in Macedonia. It is rich with fish. There are even fairly rare species. The shores of the lake are covered with dense green vegetation. You'll see many rare plants and trees there and watch the birds. The picturesque places have long become home for them.
Bridge Unique Saat Kula Clock Tower is the oldest tower of its kind on the territory of Macedonia. It was built in the 16th century. The architectural style of construction is inimitable and recalls the traditions of Russian medieval architecture. At the beginning of the 20th century, a new watch was made for this tower in Switzerland. After installation, it continues to work perfectly. The ancient tower is one of the highest buildings in the city. For many years, it has been providing natural guidance for tourists during their walks in the historic district of Skopje. Nearby, is a beautiful church of St. Clement, which also surprises with its unusual architectural style. Unique ancient books and religious artifacts are stored within its walls.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Skopje and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Skopje
♥   Shopping area ' Old Bazaar' Skopje, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Bit pazar' Skopje, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Macedonia Street' Skopje, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Skopje
♥   Castle 'Kale Fortress' , 0.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Vodno Fortress' , 5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Matka Fortress' , 12.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tetovo Fortress' , 39.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Kaljaja' Prizren, 61.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Skopje
♥   National Park 'Pelister' , 112.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Galichica' , 128.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sightseeing in Macedonia: things to see

There are several important religious landmarks in the city, such as Sveti Spas Church, Mustafa Pasha and Sultan Murat Mosque. The old part of Skopje also has such interesting places as the Museum of Macedonia, the Museum of Modern Art and the National Theatre of Macedonia. The majority of cultural facilities are located in the newer part of Skopje. Here travellers will find several exhibition galleries, theatres and museums. Such places as the City Museum, the Historic Archive of Skopje, the National Museum of History, the Museum of Natural Science of Macedonia, the Culture Gallery and the building of Academy are also known as the most interesting cultural and educational facilities of the city. … Open
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