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Come and see . I cant write nothing because I don’t have words to describe all human and nature beauties of this country and of Skopje. The Republic of Macedonia is a small country but is very rich in natural and human resources. It is located in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula, an exceptionally favorable geographical position. It lies between 400’50' and 420’20' north latitude and 20027’30' and 2300’5' east longitude. Many significant transport routes cross the country, connecting the countries of Central and Eastern Europe with the countries of the South and South-Eastern part of the continent and further to the countries of the Middle East and beyond.
Macedonians constitute the largest ethnic group in the country, while the most numerous ethnic minority groups are the Albanians, Turks and Serbs. The Republic of Macedonia is abundant in natural attractions, earning her the title of 'the pearl of the Balkans'. It has a great number of mountains, various types of dense forest, deep rivers and large lakes that make her potentially a great attraction for tourists.
The Republic of Macedonia is a real treasure of cultural riches. As a matter of fact, Macedonia was one of the foremost ancient civilizations, a fact which is not very well known around the world.
Macedonians settled here more than 4,500 years ago. Since that time, many civilizations and cultures have passed through the land, leaving traces of their presence.
The wealth of traditional folk art, architecture and customs reflect the rich material and spiritual culture of the Macedonian people that has been nurtured here for many centuries. The traditional handicrafts, that are still practiced here, take us back to past times.
The main political, administrative and cultural center is Skopje, with about 555,000 inhabitants. It was also a main center of the ancient Dardan Province because many important transport routes went through it, even at that time. Other large cities include Bitola, Prilep, Kumanovo, Tetovo and Ohrid.
The climate is mainly Mediterranean, continental in the centre of the country and Alpine in the mountains. The average air temperature is 11.30C, while the average summer temperature is 20.80C. Daut-Pashin amam
This project is one of the most prominent monuments of the Islamic profane architecture. The Turkish bath was built by the grand vizier of Rumelia, Daut Pasha in the XV century. In the first time it was used for the needs of its harem, and later it served as a public bath. Today, the Turkish bath is turned into an art gallery with a wide choice of Macedonian icons of the XIV to the XIX century, collective works of Macedonian artists- pictures, sculptures, graphics, and drawings and more recently in the rooms of the Turkish bath also concerts are held, promotions of books, theater performances with chamber orchestra etc.
On 2 kilometers north-west from Skopje, the aqueduct was built of stone and bricks with 55 arches supported on massive pillars. For the building of the aqueduct there were shared opinions in the science. According some scientists it was a Roman aqueduct whereas according to others it was a Bysantium building. The last scientific researches connect the building of the aqueduct with Isa bey, which means that it was built during the time of the Turkish rule and more precisely in XVI century
Monastery St. Panteleimon
The monastery is located on 8 km south-west from Skopje, in the village of Upper Nerezi. The monastery church devoted to St. Panteleimon was built in 1164. On the walls of this church a unique gallery of the master pieces of the Bysantium art is presented. Still what is a main subject of the scientific interest are the unrepeatable compositions 'Take Down From the Cross' and the 'Mourning of Christ'. In the monastery yard are the palaces surrounded with high walls, which are composed of one big, one smaller and a few auxiliary buildings.
Makes part of the House of ARM, the unique preserved monument in the new part of the city. The time when it was built and the one who built it are not known. Most probably it is a feudal tower of some Turkish bey. Today it is in good conditions.
Mustafa – Pasha mosque
In the vicinity of Kursumli-an, in the old part of the city this monument of the Islamic culture attracts the attention with its size and beauty. The mosque was built by Mustafa Pasha in 1519, the vizier of the Sultan Selim I. Particularly attractive part of this building is the tall minaret, made of cut stone, whereas the expanded part is decorated with ornaments.
St. Spas church
It was built in the beginning of the XVII or XVIII century, upon foundations on an older church. Part of the fresco painting on the southern side was found from this older church which origins from XVI century. In contrast to the modest outside appearance of the church, after one enters inside, he immediately becomes astonished in front of the beauty of the iconostasis on the eastern side. The iconostasis is 6 meters high and 10 meters long. On this space, the carving group managed to show numerous scenes from the bible, important geometrical ornaments and figures from the flora and the fauna.