Walking Around, Skopje
located along 11 Oktomvri avenue its a oldish building quite bleak and brown ...I guess in some western european cities wouldnt look like an important building and actually its the most important in Skopje !! ...thats a point of makedonian humbleness in Europe ... thats good
the building is on the street from the Youth hostel to downtown
In the carsija area of Skpoje you will find many remnants of the Ottoman occupation, as well as the largest mosque, Mustapha Pasha jamiya
Fondest memory: Walking through this arch into the smaller streets of the old market area.
Start walking from the Fortress KALE (10th-11th century), moving to the church St Spas (lovely wood-carving, sth that Macedonia is famous for), then through the OLd-Bazaar, then Daut Pashin Amam (now an art-gallery, used to be as the name suggest Amam, public spa), and continue through the Stone Bridge, the square, have a cup of coffee (oh this is a city of cafes, one cafe on every ten people : ))), and then visit the Museum of the City Skopje - very good exhibition about all the items found on the archealogical dig-outs on locations in Macedonia...
The pic: Ali standing close to the Stone bridge, and the background is actually the city square... In the last, say 5 or 6 years it has been renovated and it is quite a nice place now.
Skopje Old Town is the most attractive section of the city. It comprises about 1,000 shops, grills, restaurants, and pastry shops. The Old Town is also the location of the Church of the Holy Saviour with its unique iconostasis executed in masterful woodcarving (18-l9th centuries). The yard of this church houses the sarcophagus with the body of the ideologist of the Macedonian national liberation movement, Goce Delcev (1872-1903). Also to be found in the Old Town are the Kursumli An (l6th century) and the Suli An (l5th century) caravanserais, and the Daut Pasha Baths (l5th century) with its two large and eleven small domes, now housing the Art Gallery. Other buildings which may be found here are the Hjuncar Mosque (l5th century), the Clock Tower (l6th century), the Isak-Bey Mosque (l5th century) and the Mustapha Pasha Mosque (l5th century). The old Skopje fortress, called Kale (10-l2th centuries), is situated directly above the Old Town.
Very interesting place to visit in Skopje is old fortress in center of the town. From this place you can see all town. You just have to see old bridge on the river Vardar. In center of the town there is a lot of historical monuments (moscues, churchs).
Fondest memory: Great people from Skopje, and national music.
Favorite thing: See the old train station, or what remains of it after the devastating 1963 earthquake. The clock remains stopped at the time the quake struck. The building behind is now the City Museum of Skopje and worth a visit!
The Old Railway Station was destroyed by the Eeartquake.
Time of the Earthquake: 5:17 am - The clock in the preserved ruins of the old railway station remained frozen at 5:17 am, the moment that the predawn earthquake turned Skopje into landfill. Today the old railway station is the Museum of Skopje, inside in the garden are many coffee bars.
This summer they are repaving the main square, redoing the old stone bridge and waiting for the new fountain in the center of it all!
The bridge is a reconstruction of the original bridge.
Favorite thing: Old Skopje bazaar. Places like this makes the Old Town and the Old Bazaar a great experience for discovering new places to make great photos.
Favorite thing: Just over the old stone bridge is the area of small stores and restaurants called "carsija". This is a view down one of the main streets.
Information stands of what is what and what will come of buildings is abundant around town.
Fondest memory: Alexander the Great was from Greece!