FYR of Macedonia Things to Do

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FYR of Macedonia Things to Do

  • Old Bazaar - Carsija

    Skopje Things to Do

    The old part of the town can be found in Carsija, the Old Bazaar. It's easily the most pleasant part of the city to wander around. Here you will find lots of tiny, pastel shaded, square little one floor shops that string themselves along the narrow cobbled streets that wind up and down the shallow slope underneath the Kale fortress. It has a very...

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  • other churches & monasteries

    Ohrid Things to Do

    This new Catholic Church dedicated to Saints Cyril and Methodius is a bit outside the old center of Ohrid. Most churches in Macedonia are Orthodox churches, so this Catholic church is an exception. Sunday mass is at 11.00 h, on working days at 18.30 h. The Church of St Nikola is also nearby.

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  • Mother Teresa

    Skopje Things to Do

    The statue of Mother Teresa tells you quite a bit about this most determined woman, a famous daughter of Skopje. She stares straight at the visitor, almost glaring. It is an old lived in face, and has seen much. When we visited Skopje, the expensive new memorial had yet to been built. One wonders just what Gonxha Bojaxhiu would think about the...

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  • on the lake...

    Ohrid Things to Do

    It's a deep and ancient lake, perhaps as old as five million years. Few lakes are as old as that. It's the deepest in the Balkans, and if you placed the Eiffel Tower at its deepest point, once the world's tallest structure, its tallest point would just poke out above the water. The lake is so big, deep and isolated that it has its own weather...

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  • Skopsko Kale - Kale Fortress

    Skopje Things to Do

    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...

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  • samuil fortress

    Ohrid Things to Do

    Tsar Samuli's fortress dates from the 10th century, but several findings shows that the area has been inhabited and used as a stronghold much earlier. The tomb from the 5th century BOT found inside the walls prove that. (See my tip on the National Museum for a bit more info.) The inside of the fortress doesn't have very much to show a visitor tod

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  • Kameni Most - The Old Stone Bridge

    Skopje Things to Do

    One of the most famous landmarks in Skopje is the Kameni Most, or Stone Bridge. It straddles the river in the middle of town close by Macedonia Square, and is something of a city icon, being featured on the town crest. Apparently historians are divided as to how long there has been a bridge here, but it is certainly several hundred years. I also...

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  • st. jovan kaneo

    Ohrid Things to Do

    Continuing from Sv. Pantelejmon towards the lake you will find the church of Sv. Jovan at the very tip protruding out from land. Sv. Jovan, or St. John, is John the Theologian. It was built around 1280. There is a frescoe inside depicting Sv. Erasmus, Sv. Clement and the archbishop Constantine Kavacila. What is a bit strange is that the

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  • Matka Lake & Canyon

    Skopje Things to Do

    Matka gorge and lake are wonderful, and I'm glad I was persuaded to go there. Not only the gorge and lake themselves, with the monastery, but also the journey there and the peaceful village communities (of Moslems and Christians living together) that you go through on the way. You can eat there, or just get something to drink while you watch people...

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  • st. sophia

    Ohrid Things to Do

    The church of Sv. Sofia was built in the beginning of the 11th century. It was built on top of the remains of a former basilica. During the Ottoman Empire it was used as a mosque and later on as a warehouse until it was once again used as a church from 1912. It has wonderful frescoes from the 11th, 12th and 14th centuries but during the Ottoman...

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  • National Gallery of Art - Daut Pasha...

    Skopje Things to Do

    Hammams are great places to see, both from the outside as from the inside. In Skopje I found two of them. Not fuctioning as hammams anymore (after the Ottomans were chased out of Macedonia, the hammams appartenly fell into decay). Nowadays they house art galleries. Great places to see some contemporary / moden art exhibits.

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  • old town & architecture

    Ohrid Things to Do

    The old part of Ohrid is a wonderful experience. The whole area, including the lake, is a World Heritage Site protected by UNESCO. Just wandering around the old cobbled streets as they wind up and down the hillside along the lake shore. There are some great old buildings dotted about, and you'll catch great views of the lake poking through the gaps...

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  • Sveti Kliment Ohridski

    Skopje Things to Do

    One of Skopje's most eye-catching buildings is St. Kliment Ohridski Church, located on the busy Boulevard Partizanski Odredi, near Macedonia Square. Although construction of this building began only in the 1970s, its swooping arches and high domes have already come to be a symbol of the city. As a sign of interfaith cooperation the local Muslim...

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  • st. naum

    Ohrid Things to Do

    With bright, recently-restored frescoes inside, and hidden in the trees just outside Sveti Naum Monastery, Sveti Petka is a cute little church worth visiting while you're in the area. Interesting, Sveti Petka is another name for Saint Parascheva of the Balkans; in writing this review I realize that I actually queued with pilgrims visiting her...

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  • Sveti Spas

    Skopje Things to Do

    If you were to ask me what I remember most above Sveti Spas church, it wouldn't be the famed carved wood iconostatis or the tomb and museum of famed Macedonian liberation hero Goce Delcev. Rather, it would be the fact that a hair elastic fell out of my purse at some point during my visit, and as I was leaving the man who sold my ticket chased after...

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  • amphitheater

    Ohrid Things to Do

    Build around 200 BC, just over 2000 years old. In use again during the summer for outdoor concerts and performances. Take a close look at the seats to see if you can read who owned the seat 2000 years ago! The antique theatre first was in use as a theatre in which tragedies, comedies and other plays were performed. During Roman times, the theater...

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  • Old Railway Station

    Skopje Things to Do

    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...

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  • st. climent

    Ohrid Things to Do

    The St Clement´s Monastery Church, finished in 2002, is dedicated to Saints Clement and Pantelejmon. Close to the new church are the ruins of the monastery school that Clement built on the ruins of the early 5th-century basilica at Plaosnik. He even had built his own tomb into the church, in which he was buried in 916. Almost 150 graves found at...

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  • Millenium Cross

    Skopje Things to Do

    The Millennium Cross (Macedonian: Милениумски крст, read: Mileniumski krst) is famous touristic attraction and one of the symbol of City on Vardar river. This is a big monument - 66 meter-high cross situated on the top of the Vodno Mountain. It is considerate...

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  • plaoshnik

    Ohrid Things to Do

    Heading south from the fortress, towards the lake, you will come to an excavation area. This is where the church of Sv. Pantelejmon once stood. It was built in a trefoil form, probably during the 5th century, on top of an earlier building. Mosaics have been preserved in the central part and in the baptistery. They are now sheltered by a roo

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  • Panteleimon

    Skopje Things to Do

    Saint Pantelejmon, in the village of Gorno Nerezi, near Skopje. Built 1164 year. The church is beautiful and it is worth the visit. During certain hours of the day there is also a guide there who can explain a thing or two. Interestingly enough, they perform weddings and christenings there. The panoramic view of Skopje is gorgeous. There is also...

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  • cyrill & metod

    Ohrid Things to Do

    The Statue of Saints Cyril and Methodius is dedicated to the two Thessaloniki born brothers. They were missionairies of Christianity and invented the Glagolitic alphabet in the 9th century. The Cyrillic script, which is widely used in Macedonia, was named after Saint Cyril. In the vicinity of the statue stands also the Statue of Saint Clement,...

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  • Clock Tower - Saat Kula

    Skopje Things to Do

    The Clock Tower (or Saat Kula) was built in the 16th century (1566) and originally the top was made of wood. Its clock came from Hungary. The original structure was burnt in 1689 when the Austrian general Piccolomini set Skopje on fire during his retreat. The present Clock Tower dates from 1904. It has 8 sides of 3 m long and is vertically...

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  • biljana springs

    Ohrid Things to Do

    Small rowboats ply the springs behind Ostrovo Restaurant near Sveti Naum. Along the way you can watch the water change colors from bright blue to vivid green to almost reddish-brown, depending on the minerals you are sailing over. At the end of the springs there is a secluded church, built on a holy site where two springs intersect and create a...

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  • Mustapha Pasha Mosque - Jamija

    Skopje Things to Do

    The Mustafa Pasha Mosque in Skopje is on Samoilova close to the main entrance of the Kale Fortress. The mosque was built in 1492 and is most ornately decorated of all the mosques in Skopje. Unfortunately, when we visited Skopje in 2007, and in May 2008, the mosque was closed due to restorations. Currently (2011) the mosque is open again.

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  • frescoes & icons

    Ohrid Things to Do

    It is said that Macedonia has 992 churches with 150.000 sqm of frescoes and 23.000 icons. This Icon Gallery has about 30 icons on display, ranging from the 11th c. (1045) to the 19th century. I give you t

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  • Museum of Macedonia

    Skopje Things to Do

    Officially this museum is called "Museum of the Macedonian struggle for sovereignty and independence - Museum of VMRO and Museum of the victims of the communist regime"...Really! It was build for the prestigious Skopje 2014 project and opened September 2011. As its ridiculously long name might give away, it tells the story of the Macedonian...

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  • views

    Ohrid Things to Do

    This stately building on top of the hill can be seen from many places in Ohrid. It is located to the right of Tsar Samoil's fortress and next to the church of Sveti Bogorodica Perivleptos. In the past we were told that it had some kind of administrative function. When we visited in 2012 after a renovation, it was written above the entrance that...

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  • Walking

    Skopje Things to Do

    A walk in the heart of the city must include not just Macedonia Square, but also Macedonia Street, which begins from Macedonia Square. The street is reserved for pedestrians and it is the place where one can find the smartest shops, cafes and bars. There are also many benches to sit down under the shadow of trees, and this makes the street even...

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  • Skopje Views

    Skopje Things to Do

    I’ll admit it, much of Skopje is not very pretty. In fact, most the area that was reconstructed by the Communists after the 1963 earthquake (south of the Vardar), is not at all appealing. However, once you get up quite high you can appreciate the other beauty of the city: its placement on a plain in what is otherwise a very mountainous and rugged...

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  • Macedonia Square

    Skopje Things to Do

    Macedonia Square, or Ploshtad Macedonia, is the heart of the city. Decorated with gigantic monumental statues, awe-inspiring fountains and monolithic buildings, this plaza is a tribute to the glory of the nation. On summer nights classical music is pumped into the square, which combines with a show of colorful lights and choreographed fountains to...

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  • Aqueduct

    Skopje Things to Do

    Close to Skopje, northwest from the center, lies an old stone aqueduct. It is not clear if it goes back to Roman or Ottoman times, but it likely was used to supply Turkish baths such as the Chifte Amam and the Daut Pasha Amam with water from the springs on the mountain Crna Gora. You probably have to take a taxi to get here, or drive yourself....

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  • Kursumli An

    Skopje Things to Do

    The Kursumli An is one of the three old trading inns of Skopje. The other two old trading inns are the Suli An (which now houses the Museum of the Old Skopje Bazaar) and the Kapan An, now home to various restaurants. The Kursumli An dates back to the 15th or 16th century, when it was a trading inn that had stables for up to 100 horses and 60...

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  • Kapan An

    Skopje Things to Do

    Kapan An is one of the three old trading inns in Carsija, the old Turkish part of Skopje. The inns housed mosly Muslim travellers and merchants. The other two inns are the Suli An (now the Museum of the Old Bazaar) and the Kursumli An (now part of the Museum of Macedonia). Kapan An was

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  • Statue of Goce Delcev

    Skopje Things to Do

    A monument dedicated to the mother of Goce Delcev. Goce Delcev was one of the most prominent leaders of the Macedonian National Liberation Movement at the beginning of the 20th century. He was born in 1872 and was a teacher in Novo Selo in the Stip region. Delcev believed that Macedonia could be liberated from the Ottoman rule on its own. He...

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  • Earthquake Memorial Statue

    Skopje Things to Do

    Opposite to the City Museum of Skopje is a statue to commemorate the devastating earthquake of July 26 1963, that killed over 1000 people and made more than 100,000 people homeless.

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  • Bitola - “the City of Consuls”

    Bitola is one of the oldest cities on the territory in the Republic of Macedonia. It was founded as Heraclea Lyncestis in the middle of the 4th century BC by Philip II of Macedon. During the Ottoman rule the city together with Salonica were the two reigning cities of Ottoman Rumelia.Things to visit:Archaeological Site - Heraclea LyncestisCity...

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  • the Villages of Macie

    A relatively large part of Macedonia is in fact, rural... And lately, people in a lot of Macedonian villages have started to actually apply the idea of rural tourism. Since Macedonia is not exactly a huge territory, a road trip may be the best way to see the country, and the countryside. It is worth it, since there are fabulous places and people...

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  • monasteries and old churches

    Might sound a bit strange at first, coming from a hardcore non-religious person, but the monasteries and old churches in Macedonia are worth visiting. If for any reason you'd like to spend a couple of days in tranquility, admiring the nature and the peacefulness, then they are a good choice. The narrative immediately takes us - yet again - to...

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  • House of Robevci - the disappearing...

    Given the recent nightmare which is happening in Skopje and transforming the city into a tacky-beyond-any-imagination, "neo-baroque" (non-existing style and an insult to the baroque) over-the-topness, architectural pieces worth mentioning have become more important to me.Ohrid still harbors some of the typical old Macedonian houses architecture....

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  • more about Bitola

    I realize I've put down info about Ohrid. Let's move on other places as well. Like Bitola for example. This Macedonian location has a lot of history, especially when it comes to 'diplomacy'! :-)It is a cozy town, has nice cafes and restaurants, VERY nice people and also... when going to the west of the town you reach the mountain BABA and the...

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  • Ohrid info... again

    During the summer, there are many cultural events taking place in Ohrid - concerts in the church Saint Sofia, for example, or concerts in the Ancient amphitheater, performances, plays, etc., all part of the so-called OHRIDSKO LETO (Ohrid summer - http://www.ohridskoleto.com.mk/). This festival is becoming a more renowned and a more visited event...

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  • Top... ten list?

    1. Take the mountain road from Bitola to Ohrid, and from that special spot on Galichica enjoy the view of the Ohrid and the Prespa lake...2. Try, at least once: burek, homemade brandy (domashna rakija) even though it'll burn your throat and chest, tavche gravche (baked beans), gyozleme, ajvar and white cheese, preferably from Berovo.3. Have a drink...

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  • Popova Kula Winery in

    Popova Kula Winery is one of the newest micro wineries dotted around Tikvesh region in Macedonia.in the town of Demir Kapija (Iron Gate)Macedonia is small country and our wineries are not huge spravling estates like in France, Italy, New Zeland or Australia.. They are smal and they are good!Popova Kula is an such winery, which also try to preserve...

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  • Memorial house of Mother...

    Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Albanian: Nënë Tereza) as she is known to the Catholic Church, or Mother Teresa as she is commonly known, was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (pronounced [aɡˈnɛs ˈɡɔndʒa bɔjaˈdʒiu]). Although born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje,Macedonia, she considered 27 August, the day...

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