Skopje Region

skopje
The Macedonian metropolis is probably the first place that you will see if you decide to visit Macedonia by plane. Look no further. Sometimes, in order to see all the wondrous beauties in Macedonia, it is not necessary to travel outside Skopje. Whenever you decide to visit, this is the city where you could dive into the beauty of the whole country. Climb on the mountain of Vodno so that you could enjoy the stunning view that overlooks the main city of Macedonia; Witness the untouched beauty of Matka and Shar Planina; See Govrlevo and Tumba Madzari - see the silent contemporaries of ancient inhabitants; feel the Byzantine heritage by visiting the monasteries of St. Andrej and Markov’s Monastery, as well as St. Panteleimon and St. Nikita; allow yourself to be enthralled by the sedative scent of the Orient that still dwells in Stara Charshija near Bit Bazaar; embrace the breathtaking beauty of the capital of Macedonia - embrace Skopje!

Bit Bazaar

Bit Bazaar
Mixture of the Orient and modernity. The largest market in Macedonia has all the markings of an Asian market, with stands full of silk, cotton, and satin in all possible colors; at the same time, one may find cheap clothes made of synthetic material. The market is located near the Old Bazaar, just below the medieval fortress. Here, you can taste the relaxing Turkish tea that has been drunk in the Balkans since the arrival of the Ottomans; you can also drink espresso with the same quality as the espresso that is being made in the cafes in Rome or New York. Market that offers to the customers everything you can imagine: fruits and vegetables, clothing and footwear, school supplies and old books, as well as computer accessories, tools and car parts.

Chateau Kamnik

Chateau Kamnik
The aroma of the Macedonian traditions. A combination of modern wine production  technologies with traditional ripening methods. From the ruby red color and complex fruit aroma of Cabernet Sauvignon, to  the Amber color and toasted bread aroma of the Chardonnay  there is a rainbow of colors, shades, flavors, aromas and fragrances. The finest collection of senses  bottled together with the Macedonian sun in a Kamnik branded bottle.   Kamnik wines mature in oak barrels, separately for each type of grape, which gives them incredible diversity. Red Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cuvee de Prestige and Cuvee Kamnik; white Chardonnay, Chardonnay Barrel Fermented, Temjanika and Souvugnon Blanc; and Premium Rose Sexy wine are the wealth that’s produced on eleven hectares of the Kamnik vineyard, located on the eastern entrance of the Macedonian metropolis,  on a hill exposed to the south, 300m above sea level.  For each wine there are appropriate dishes, cheese and appetizers in the specialized winery restaurant. Chateau Kamnik

Cifte Hamam

Cifte Hamam
Double bath; public bath for both men and women. Unusual of its kind. Unlike the standard dual baths, here, the men and women were taking a bath in the same structure. Place of rituals and beauty. Isolated areas for acclimatization, massage (in the female part, Rose ammam), toilet, wax quarters, halveti (rooms with higher temperature) ... Created for physical relaxation, but also for full enjoyment. It was built in the 16th century by Isa Bey in the Old Bazaar, using extraordinary architectural skill in order to completely blend in the structure with the surrounding environment. One of the halveties in the female part was adapted for ritual bathing of the Jews. Today, Cifte bath is a modern art gallery, one of the key points in the cultural life of the city

City Museum of Skopje

City Museum of Skopje
Window to the past of the capital of Macedonia. The building of the museum is an exhibit itself - it is a remnant of the old railway station that was damaged in the disastrous earthquake of 1963. The museum has about 30,000 exhibits that silently speak of the turbulent times of Skopje. Exhibits include items from archeology, history, ethnology and art history. The museum has a permanent exhibition Walk through the past, which presents a beautiful picture of life in this region, from prehistoric times until the early 20th century. Part of the museum's collections are found in the Old Bazaar in Suli inn, and two memorial museums of the Communist Party of Macedonia and illegal weapons workshop for World War II. From all of the museum exhibits, special value is being given to the artistic photographs and watercolors. 

Daut Pasha Hamam

Daut Pasha Hamam
Daut Pasha Hamam - Hammam with 13 domes that probably never functioned as a bath. Some say it happened because of lack of firewood. Others believe in a different story ... reason was the death of the daughter of the builder, Rumelia Daut Pasha, who was bitten by a poisonous snake which emerged from the walls of the structure. This hammam is a secular Islamic monumental structure that was constructed in the second half of the 15th century, and located at the entrance of the Old Bazaar. It consists of 15 rooms, and, in each of the room, daily light passes through starry glass openings. Today, this is the National Gallery, a place completely dedicated to the art of painting as well as to the performance of concerts and other cultural events. 

Govrlevo

Govrlevo
Home to one of the most unique archaeological findings, masterpiece of prehistory, incredibly realistic sculpture of Adam, declared as one of the ten major archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. The sculpture of the male body in a sitting position with the deeply indented belly, well defined muscles, visible spine, and even broken phallus. Alongside with Adam, this is the place where the archaeologists found the terracotta representation of the Great Mother. Neolithic settlement site with more than 4 meters layers of history. Site that is a home to artifacts older than 6,000 years. This remarkable wealth is ornamenting the exhibition stands in the Museum of Skopje, the museum itself being located in the old train station that survived the devastating earthquake of 1963. 

Kapan Inn

Kapan Inn
City inn in the heart of the Old Bazaar. Built in the 15th century by the Turkish general Isa Bey. Monumental building that uses its simplicity, harmony and peaceful appearance to attract visitors. It is a rectangular building with a square courtyard that has housed in its center a stone fountain. The inn got its name after the great scale which was used to measure the merchandise. In the past, it was a resting place for the passengers and traders, while today it is a chain of authentic restaurants, shopping and craft shops. Environment created for sheer relaxation that can be reached from the two entrances located on the south and north side. One of the most visited places in town, with delicious traditional Macedonian food, and peace that radiates from its isolation and feeling of being protected from the outside world. 

Kurshumli inn

Kurshumli inn
Inn made of lead, an extraordinary work that shows great architectural skills. A shelter for the medieval travelers. Located in former Railroad Bazaar, today Kurshumli Inn stands near the Museum of Macedonia. Built in the 16th century, probably on the foundations of an older building. Some theories say it comes from the 6th century, the time of Justinian I. The structure consists of two squares connected to each other. The first is the central part, with a fountain and garden surrounded by the premises located on the ground floor. The upper floor is composed of 29 rooms that were designed to accommodate guests, while the ground floor was used as a storage for the goods. The second part of Kurshumli Inn functioned as stables. In its earlier days, this has also been a prison, but, nowadays, it complements the Archaeological Museum> 

Marko’s Monastery

Marko’s Monastery
Monastery of the Macedonian king Marko, one of the most sung characters in the Balkan folklore. Church dedicated to St. Dimitri, imposing bells, massive wooden gate, quarters and oven - monastery complex populated by nuns. Monastery built in the 14th century, rebuilt by King Volkasin and his son Marko. Temple built of stone and brick according to the best Byzantine traditions. The porch of the church was rebuilt in the 19th century with money donated by the Turkish bashaw. The interior of the temple is fully painted, and the most interesting characters are those of Volkasin and Marko holding in their hands scrolls with their names. The original iconostasis, with stone columns, is completely preserved. This isolated piece of history is only about twenty kilometers from the center of Skopje

Matka

Matka
Beautiful fracture in the midst of Suva Gora. Place that ought to be visited by everyone who comes in Skopje. Canyon filled with twenty caves and several abysses, and a place to a wonderful and memorable lake. The specific history of the area contributed for the life of rare plants and animals, remainders of the last ice age. According to the calculations, 20 percent of the life in Matka belongs to the endemic species: undiscovered spiders, scorpions, and about 84 species of butterflies that are impossible to be found anywhere else in the Balkans. Matka is a haven for all the passionate fans of caves. Vrelo, Krshtalnata Peshtera and Ubava are just some of possible windows that overlook to the womb of the earth, which, in turn, is filled with wonderful shapes and strange animal species. Near Skopje, Matka is the most important center for alpine mountaineering. The season begins in spring and lasts until November. This miracle of nature gives even greater pleasure if one also considers the two medieval churches, St. Andrej from the 14th century and St. Nikola Shishovski from the 17th century.

Memorial house of Mother Teresa

Memorial house of Mother Teresa
Object that you cannot help but notice it. This mini museum of Mother Teresa, located in the center of her hometown of Skopje, is a shock to the world of architecture with its futuristic style. Glass dome versus the rest of the house built of stone, while the central part is painted in white - One cannot help but be under the impression that this object tries to unite all the features of the historical heritage in Macedonia. This is the only place in the world where one might find an exhibition of photographs, objects, and numerous authorized documents at all times. Especially interesting are her birth certificate, hand written prayer book, rosary and crucifixion. 

Millennium Cross

Millennium Cross
The Cross on Vodno, one of the most recognizable symbols of Skopje. This 66 meters high metal construction is the tallest building in Macedonia and the highest cross in the Balkans. Built as a symbol of the transition to the new millennium, this construction dominates the landscape of Skopje. It is the highest point on the mountain Vodno, known from Ottoman times as Krstovar (place on the cross). The construction is 66 meters high while the angles are 46 meters wide. Since 2008, the Millennium Cross has a lift build in, allowing the visitors to enjoy the unforgettable view of the capital of Macedonia. A cable car, that will connect the Millennium Cross with center of Skopje, is being planned to be build sometime in the future. 

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art
Tomb of the solidarity of all the nations in the world. The museum is a result of the collection of artworks which were donated by world famous artists as a support to Skopje after the catastrophic earthquake in 1963. The museum is located on the hill right next to Kale. The collection consists of artistic works such as those by the painters Pablo Picasso and Anre Maso, photographer Robert Adams, the architect Fernand Leger and others. The building was built in 1970 as a donation from the Polish government. Besides the permanent exhibition, the museum has provided rooms for temporary exhibitions, lecture hall, hall for film and video screenings, a library, conservation workshop and other additional facilities>

Museum of Nature and Science

Museum of Nature and Science
Living encyclopedia of nature in Macedonia. Among the exhibits of one of the richest Museums of Nature and Science in the Balkans you can experience the history of nature in Macedonia. Here you can see the strangest stones which are found in Macedonia. The rare mineral, discovered only in the Macedonian mine Alshar - Lorandite, which help scientists discover neutrinos, a mineral that comes directly from the sun; giant snails that can reach the height of 1 meter, skulls of mammoths, insects that resemble branches and leaves, giant butterflies, scorpions, and rare fishes. The Museum of Nature and Science is the place where you can experience the evolution of living organisms. 

Mustafa Pasha Mosque

Mustafa Pasha Mosque
Noble beauty that watches over the Old Bazaar in Skopje. Impressive work of Islamic architecture in Macedonia, built in 1492 by the respectable Commander Mustafa Pasha. His eternal resting place, as well as to his young daughter Uma. A complex of several buildings, the mosque, Mustafa Pasha’s turbeh, Uma’s sarcophagus, fountain, several grave ornaments and remnants of former Imaret and madrassa. Each unique in its existence, but also proud participant in what is now recognized to be a symbol of Skopje. The portal of the mosque has a significant meaning; it is highly valued for its technique of production, high sophistication and aesthetics. The interior of the building, filled with fine lines of cases, calligraphic inscriptions and decorations, simply re-affirms the priceless value of this place.

Skupi

Skupi
Antique twin of today’s Skopje, only 5 km from the capital of Macedonia. Former settlement of the legions of the Roman emperor Tiberius, which some 2,000 years ago becomes remarkable center with monumental theater. Third Archdiocese after Rome and Constantinople, a place where the emperor Justinian himself was born. Archdiocese of the 4th century which was also the home of the Emperor Theodosius. Settlement that continues to thrive all the way up to the 11th century even after the devastating earthquake from the 6th century. City that will allow you to breathe in a time long gone now just by walking through the preserved several main street intersections. Site of the largest ancient theater that has been found in Macedonia. Place ornamented with mosaics, a city bathroom ... City Cemetery that tells stories about the lives of a respected writer, bar dancers, Jewish sarcophagus buried in lead, and learned surgeon. 

St. Andrea

St. Andrea
Amber ornament in the heart of the river Treska’s gorge. Temple hidden among rocks on the shore of Lake Matka. Above the clear water rises a stone church that, like nowhere else, has managed to preserve most of the inscriptions from the time it was build - in the 14th century. Monastery of Andrea, the brother of King Marko. Frescoes that improved upon the Byzantine art, primarily through the introduction of elements of perspective, a skill that failed to be earned even after 2 centuries, when part of the church was upgraded. Today the temple is a favorite place to all who enjoy walking and being surrounded by the natural beauty of the canyon Matka

St. Nikita

St. Nikita
Palimpsest of medieval art. You cannot see the full richness of the paintings and frescoes in any church other than St. Nikita. In the lower parts of the walls of this church one can see the foundations of an older temple, which is partly covered with older frescoes. The date of construction is unknown, but it is certain that the monastery was rebuilt by the ruler Milutin in the 14th century. Masterpiece of the most renowned medieval artists Michael and Eutichius. With these frescoes they have managed to break through the Byzantine model of painting and introduce narration into the frescoes. Besides the Greek inscriptions, one can see Old Slavonic alphabet as well. Church of stone and bricks; monastery on top of a hill and one of the most beautiful sights of nature 

St. Pantelejmon

St. Pantelejmon
A window to Skopje. Rising from the mountain Vodno, this precious stone from the middle age can offer you a magnificent view of the Macedonian capital. Church built in the 12th century, hidden in a monastery complex which is surrounded with high walls. The temple has survived the catastrophic earthquake and, with few upgrades in the 15th century, has managed to stand the test of time. Incredibly colorful frescoes depict the inner conditions and struggles of the characters, where renaissance elements from Byzantine art are also visible. Out of the many captivating compositions, one is particularly captivating. It is the composition “Lamentation of Christ” and the explicit pain on the face of Virgin Mary. According to many experts, this work marks the beginning of renaissance two centuries before the frescoes by Giotto – the artist whose works are thought to mark the beginning of renaissance

St. Spas

St. Spas
Wooden church. Temple which is recognized by the impressive iconostasis made of carving wood, 4.5 meters high and 10 meters long. The crucifixion itself is 7 meters high. Beautiful woodcuts are the bishop’s throne, pulpit, and icon stands. One of the most beautiful works made by the masters of woodcarving school, and according to painting manuals that helped enrich the sacred object with geographical ornaments,biblical and floral motifs. It is made together with the icons in the church, in the middle of the 19th century. Besides the Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic and naturalistic motifs, this masterpiece uses motifs from Islamic art. Inside the stone sarcophagus, in the church, lies one of the greatest Macedonian revolutionaries and freedom fighters against Ottoman oppression, Goce Delchev. The temple is near Kale, in the Old Bazaar in downtown Skopje.

Treska

Treska
A real marver from Macedonian rivers. In its short path, Treska’s life is a wild one.  Running through untouched mountainous areas of Porechie, the river forms very interesting landscapes. Treska runs through a canyon on top of which is located Lake Kozjak. Then, just before the entrance in the valley of Skopje, it forms the Lake Matka, where one can find the beautiful medieval Churches St. Andrej and St. Nikola Shishevski. The path of the river eventually ends at the outskirts of Skopje, in the settlement Gorce Petrov, where it flows into the largest river in Macedonia, the river Vardar.

Tumba Madzari

Tumba Madzari
The House of the Great Mother, a terracotta sculpture which is a distinctive symbol of the beginnings of civilization. This is the prehistoric core of today’s Skopje. A settlement of four corner houses made of wood and mud and with straw roofs older than 80 centuries. Habitat of our ancestors who were masterfully crafting amphorae with vegetable ornaments, cups, plates, as well as sculptures of ram-bull, goat and Centaurs creatures that were worshiped at that time. A place where archaeologists found the weights for looms, reels for fishing nets, spikes, needles, stone knives, cutters and mills. A breathtaking window into the earliest epoch of human history. 

Vardar

Vardar
Macedonian Jordan. The mythical River Axios is one of the most important geographic, economic and historical highlights of Macedonia. The river rises from a wonderful spring in the village of Vrutok, located at the foot of the huge mountain Shar Planina. Here is the place where one of the oldest hydro power plants was build in former Yugoslavia. One may also find in the village the monastery St. Mina and the church St. Archangel Michael. Vardar runs through Gostivar, Skopje and Veles and, on its course around the country, water flows in from several major tributaries, such as rivers Pena, Pcinja, Lepenec, Treska, Babuna, as well as Crna Reka and Bregalnica. The river Vardar managed to create several gorges: Dervens, Veles, Tikvesh, and Demir Kapija gorge. Above Vardar, in the city of Skopje, was built the symbol of the city - the Stone Bridge. The most famous football club in Macedonia has been named after this river. Vardar runs through Greece and flows into the Aegean Sea.

Vodno

Vodno
The place that looms over Skopje. Mountain on the south side dominates the landscape of the capital of Macedonia. Favorite weekend picnic spot to the people of Skopje. Highest mountain top, Krstovar, is 1066 meters above sea level. In Vodno, guests can spend the night on one of the 50 resting places offered by the mountain home. Town with a spectacular view of the Macedonian metropolis. At the top, one can see 66 meters high metal cross, built to mark 2000 years of Christianity. This is a wonderful mountaineering and picnic spot where one could find springs, streams, caves and waterfalls. Beautiful places, worth visiting in Vodno, are also the monasteries and churches such as the church St. Panteleimon, which can be found in the village of Dolno Nerezi.
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