Skopsko Kale - Kale Fortress, Skopje

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    Skopje Fortress - Skopsko Kale

    by mirjana51 Written Feb 10, 2005

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    This fortress has the dominant place in the city. It was built of stone blocks from the ruins of the city of Skupi, during the rule of the Romans .
    Today is an arranged park and in the evening hours besides the sounds of the Macedonian folks music, the visitors have a wonderful view on the city and the river Vardar from there.

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    Fortress Kale, Skopje

    by Pijlmans Updated Sep 30, 2012

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    If you want to escape the reality of Skopje for a quick moment, visit the Fortress Kale. It is situated prominently on a hill in the old part of Skopje, across the Stone Bridge. Besides an interesting fortress, it gives a good view over the city of Skopje.

    The ramp was partly built of stones from the ancient town of Skupi, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 518. The inhabitants of Skupi decided to build a new settlement on the place where nowadays Kale is situated.

    After the earthquake of 1963, only a few restored walls, the main gateway and two towers remained. The present-day ruins date back from the 10th-century enlargement of the fort under Tsar Samoil.

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    Kale (castle) of Skopje

    by Arkeolog Written Mar 30, 2009

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    The castle in the old section of town offers visitors the most spectacular views of Skopje. Popular with domestic and foreign tourists alike, the castle has well-tended gardens and places to relax in, as well as wonderful views of both sections of the city.

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    Kale Fortress

    by antistar Written Jun 3, 2007

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    The ruins of the Kale fortress sit upon the tallest hill in the Skopje valley, and overlook the river and the city. The walls offer great views of the city, and the open, grassy interior are a popular place for a picnic. Be warned, however, when the winds pick up, it's really dusty up there, and you'll need goggles to keep yourself from being constantly blinded.

    The fortress dates back to the 11th century, although the hill itself was the site of Skopje's earliest Neolithic settlement. The Kale was fortified during Ottoman rule, who had as many as 70 towers standing over the city. Today there are only three remaining.

    Along with the Old Bazaar, the fortress is the most photogenic part of the city, so don't forget your camera.

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    Skopsko Kale 3

    by johnsakura Written Dec 9, 2003

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    This fortress has the dominant place in the city. It was built of stone blocks from the ruins of the city of Skupi, during the rule of the Romans, Czar Justinijan the I-st. The ramparts of the Skopsko Kale are 121 meter long and today one square, one rectangular and one round tower are saved.

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    Skopsko Kale

    by planxty Updated Nov 22, 2013

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    The architectural feature that abolutely dominates the skyline over the Old Town is the Skopsko Kale, the Fortress.

    the first Fortress was built in Roman times, although the current building was apparently built in the late 10th and early 11th century.

    Admission is free, and you can wander about the reasonably sizable ruins. Unfortunately, as the photo shows, the day we visited it was absolutely pelting with rain, horrible weather, but we still got some idea of how wonderful the views must be on a good day.

    There didn't appear to be any sort of museum or displays of any sort that I could see, and we were free to wander more or less at will.

    Skopje in the rain, Macedonia.
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    Kale

    by traveloturc Updated Dec 6, 2008

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    "Kale" means fortress and it is situated on a hill, which dominates the whole Skopje valley. Excavations give evidence that life existed there in the late Neolithic and Bronze ages, while the citadel was built after the earthquake in 518. It was built of stone blocks from the ruins of the city of Scupi, during the rule of the Byzantium Emperor Justinijan the 1st. The ramparts of the Skopsko Kale are 121 meter long and today one square, one rectangular and one round tower are saved. The great complex since 1392 was stationarity of the Turkish army until 1913 Today in the space of the fortress is an arranged park, which serves for recreation and fun, and in the evening hours besides the sounds of the Macedonian folks music, the visitors have a wonderful view on the city and the river Vardar from there.

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    Skopsko Kale

    by Vanity666 Written Jun 5, 2010

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    The Skopje Fortress commonly referred to as Kale Fortress, or simply Kale (from kale, the Turkish word for 'fortress'), is a historic fortress located in the old town of Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. It is situated on the highest point in the city overlooking the Vardar River. The fortress is depicted on the coat of arms of Skopje, which in turn is incorporated in the city's flag.

    The first fortress, according to research and available data, is believed to have been built amidst the 6th century A.D., on land that had been inhabited during the Neolithic and Bronze ages or roughly 4000 B.C. It was constructed with yellow limestone and travertine and along with fragments of Latin inscriptions, assert the idea that the fortress originated from the Roman city of Skupi, which was completely destroyed by an earthquake in 518.

    In late 2006 and early 2007, research and excavation of the Skopje Fortress funded by the Macedonian government had finally commenced. Researchers discovered woodwind instruments and clay ornaments dating as far back as 3000 BC. Excavation of the main fortress also revealed houses below the fortress' visible level. The discoveries are believed to have belonged to inhabitants of Skupi on which the fortress was built. Archaelogical excavations continued in 2009.

    In May 2010, archeologists unearthed the largest stash of Byzantine coins ever found in Macedonia at the fortress.

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    The Castle

    by DPando Written Mar 11, 2006

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    The castle the tallest point in the city shows great overviews of Skopje, the river and the mountains that surround it !!!
    There isnt so much to see ....actually its a good place to relax from the traffic jams in the city and sit for a while as locals do !!

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    The Old Fort of Skopje

    by Jasen71 Written Aug 21, 2006

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    On the hilltop that overlooks the old city you'll find the Old Fort it commands great views over the city. Sadly there is no museum to view. There has been human presence here for over 4,000 years but the fort that we know today was bulit in the 5th Century by the Eastern Roman Empire, and then added to by the Turks... Enjoyable walk, and great place for a quiet picnic away from the city hussle and bussle..

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    Kale

    by maykal Written Apr 28, 2008

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    Skopje's castle (Kale) stands above the Carsija district, and although not much of the castle actually still stands (most of it was damaged in the earthquake of 1963), it is worth coming up here for the views over the city. Free to enter, it seems a popular place to come in the late afternoon just before sunset.

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  • The Kale Fortress

    by gligor_kot Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This fortress has the dominant place in the city. It was built of stone blocks from the ruins of the city of Scupi, during the rule of the Byzantium Emperor Justinijan the 1st. The ramparts of the Skopsko Kale are 121 meter long and today one square, one rectangular and one round tower are saved. The great complex since 1392 was stationarity of the Turkish army until 1913, when the Skopje falls under Serbian authority. And in the period from 1913 to 1953 here was settled the Yugoslav army. Today in the space of the fortress is an arranged park, which serves for recreation and fun, and in the evening hours besides the sounds of the Macedonian folks music, the visitors have a wonderful view on the city and the river Vardar from there.

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    Skopsko Kale 4

    by johnsakura Written Dec 9, 2003

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    Today in the space of the fortress is an arranged park, which serves for recreation and fun, and in the evening hours besides the sounds of the Macedonian folks music, the visitors have a wonderful view on the city and the river Vardar from there.

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    The Inside

    by mikey_e Updated Feb 5, 2009

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    The interior of the Skopsko Kale has some pretty impressively preserved monuments, although most of them are likely from the Turkish period and not from the earlier Mediaeval or Roman fortresses. The whole structure was rebuilt during the 18th century, after the city was invaded and briefly held by the Austrians during the raids by Eugene of Savoy at the end of the 17th century. There is not much by way of either explanations or exhibits, despite the fact that the Archeological and Historical Museum has been in possession of the site since the Yugoslav military evacuated it in 1951. There is a watchtower as well as a few remains of the foundations of what were probably once military storehouses and arsenals. The best part of the interior of the fortress is the view, for which I’ve decided to dedicate an entirely separate tip.

    Inside the fortress Some of the ruins The interior walls and watchtower Socialist art in the Fortress View of the fortress from above
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    A castle above the city of Skopje

    by jonathanbarker Written Sep 24, 2014

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    Overlooking the city of Skopje is a large fortress. The Kale Fortress (Kale is Turkish for "Fortress") is on the highest point in Skopje and overlooks the river Vardar. Although
    building started in the 6th century, most of what we see is the building carried out in the 10th and 11th. Since the 1963 earthquake which destroyed much of the city, the Kale has been "off limits" for the public. It was this year (May 2014) that I was able to visit the Kale for the first time. I had spent the day exploring the city, carsija and I reached the kale by early afternoon. I walked around the fortress's wall to an entrance and I met a local guide who was willing for about 5 Euros to show me around the fortress and he told me stories of the fortress, and the some of the chapels and soon to be open museums, which tell the history of kale. I spent about an hour exploring the fortress.

    A view from the Fortress
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