Old Railway Station, Skopje

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    Clock Outside Skopje's City Museum
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    The Museum of the City of Skopje

    by Jetgirly Written Sep 9, 2012
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    I went to this museum... and wasn't sure if it was open. I just walked in through empty rooms full of crumbling construction materials as people who looked like employees passed me without saying a word. Was this supposed to be contemporary art? Apparently not. Rather, this museum is located in the old train station, and while most of the building can be walked through (mind the dead cockroaches) only a small area houses any displays. See the history of the city through posters and artifacts, including a few cute rooms set up in 1960s Soviet style. This museum is free (as it's not really worth paying money to visit).

    On the outside of the museum look for the clock, which froze at the moment of Skopje's great earthquake in 1963.

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    Old railway station

    by Vanity666 Written Jun 5, 2010

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    The clock on this old train station stopped at 5:17 am since the morning of 26 July 1963, when this piece of the grand modernist station of Skopje was one of the few parts of the city that remained standing after a massive earthquake crushed the city. It measured 6.1 on the Richter scale, killed nearly two thousand people, and left over a hundred thousand homeless after destroying about 80% of the city. It's a reminder of a tragic moment in Skopje's history.

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    Old Railway Station

    by bonio Written Jun 14, 2009

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    Also the home of the Skopje museum, the decorators were in when we visited, not very much was accessible, at least it was free!
    The building was once the rail station and was badly damaged in a 1963 earthquake, the clock remains on 5:17, the time the quake struck.

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    Museum from the rubble

    by mikey_e Written Feb 5, 2009
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    The earthquake that struck Skopje on July 26, 1963 was 6.1 on the Richter scale – a massive earthquake by anyone’s standards, and a level that would be destructive even in cities with up-to-date engineering codes intended to prohibit wide-scale damage. It destroyed something like 80% or 90% of the city, including the old railway station. The authorities left the remains of the station as they stood (the wall with the clock remained standing, although the clock stopped) and today it forms part of the city’s museum. I didn’t go into the museum, so I don’t know exactly what sort of exhibits it has, but it is nevertheless quite interesting and quite moving to see a rather artistic reminder of the destruction visited upon the city. Outside of the museum and all around the wall are ancient artifacts from the region (I’m not diving into the controversy about whose heritage it is!) that provide a rather odd accompaniment to the very modern memorial to the earthquake.

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    City Museum of Skopje, Old Railway Station, Skopje

    by Pijlmans Updated May 29, 2008

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    The City Museum of Skopje in housed in the Old Railway Station, built in 1940.

    The earthquake of July 26 1963 destroyed a large portion of the Old Railway Station, and stopped the station clock at 05.17 (am) when the earthquake hit. The clock, on the front of the museum, still displays this time.

    Nowadays the building houses the City Museum of Skopje, about the history of Skopje through the centuries.

    Open 09.00-16.00, every day except Sunday

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    Old Railway Station - City Museum

    by antistar Updated Feb 17, 2008

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    The clock tower on the old railway station reads 5:17. It's been frozen at 5:17am since the morning of July 27th 1963, when this piece of the grand modernist station of Skopje was one of the few parts of the city that remained standing after a massive earthquake crushed the city. It measured 6.1 on the richter scale, killed nearly two thousand people, and left over a hundred thousand homeless after destroying about 80% of the city. It's a moving reminder of a tragic moment in history.

    The modern railway station has been moved out of town, and now the old station houses the city museum.

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    The Clocks Stopped

    by Jasen71 Written Aug 21, 2006

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    Since the massive earth quake in July 1963 the old railway station clock has shown the time of 05.17am. The building is now used as goverment offices and city museum. Nice to wander around but sadly not english translations on the items on display...

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    The Old Railway Station / Museum

    by planxty Written Jun 26, 2005

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    Old Railway Station, Skopje, Macedonia

    This is an interesting building. As you can see from the picture it appears to be falling down. Actually, it has been deliberately left like this as a memorial to more than 1000 people who lost their lives in a terrible earthquake on 26/07/1963. Over 100,000 people were left homeless and most of the town was damamged. The clock is actually stopped at the time of the 'quake.

    When we visited, we were not charged admission, although charges are indicated. I suspect the reason for this is that the place is obviously undergoing some refurbishment. Although there are a few levels in the building, we were only able to view a few unlabelled exhibits (mostly prehistoric artefacts) in a half dozen cases on two levels. The place was totally deserted except for one attendant who showed us where we could and couldn't go.

    At the entrance / exit, you pass though what I took to be an art gallery of some sort, which seemed to consist of some paintings and sculptures propped up against the walls.

    Hopefully, the museum will soon be back up and running properly.

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    Visit the old Railroad...

    by badamcevski Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Visit the old Railroad Station,Today it is a museum.
    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.

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    by gligor_kot Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    The Old Railway Station -- Today Museum of Skopje
    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.

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