Skopje is an excellent place to visit. Most people who are planning to take a tour to the Balkans will visit Skopje. From ancient structures and modern buildings to recreation and sport, there is always something to see and do in Skopje. Although there are structures in Skopje that are more than 2000 years old, the city in general is a modern city and if you take a well-planned tour you will surely experience all the beauties of this city.
So, what exactly should you do when in Skopje? This is a shortlist of 4 interesting things to see and do in Skopje.
- The Skopje fortress (commonly known as Kale among natives) is one of the most famous landmarks of the capital city of Macedonia. This fortress is situated on a hill right above the center of Skopje. There is evidence of human presence in this area since 4.000 BC. The fortress in this form was built for the first time in the 6th century by the Byzantine forces. This structure was destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. It is close to the Old City and during the summer period people can enjoy in many music and art performances. The Skopje fortress is present on the city’s coat of arms too.
- The Old Bazaar is located just under the fortress. People have used this place as a marketplace since 12th century, but it was the Ottoman rulers that made the Old Bazaar look this way. This is a fine example of Ottoman architecture although the presence of Byzantine architecture can be seen on certain places too. Most of the places that were once used as lodges by merchants are transformed into areas that serve as areas where many cultural and art events are performed. This is the place where you can find few mosques and churches too. The Museum of Macedonia and the Museum of contemporary art are part of the Old Bazaar too.
- Macedonia square is the main square in Skopje. It was built in 1930 and back then there were several important buildings in this area, but the devastating earthquake in 1963 destroyed most of them. In the past 5 years the square was renovated and many monuments and fountains were placed in this area including the “A warrior on a horse” fountain and monument that represents Alexander the Great on his horse. There are few other buildings that are currently being built there including rebuilding of some structures that existed before the earthquake.
- Those looking for a place where they can relax and a place that’s not far from the center of the city should visit the city park. This 486.000 m2 public park is the largest park in Macedonia. The park was built in the late 19th It has rich flora and fauna – there are about 90 different species of birds, few different species of mammals and fish.
These are only some of the many things that you can see and do in this amazing city.