Skopje, Macedonia

The birthplace of Mother Teresa can’t be a bad place, right? She was born in Skopje in 1910 and her presence is felt throughout the region and especially in Skopje. Today the city beams with life, energy and excitement after the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.

Skopje is the capital and largest city in the Republic of Macedonia, with more than a quarter of the population of the country, as well as the political, cultural, economical and academic center of the country. It was known from the Roman period under the name Scupi. The city developed rapidly after World War II, but this trend was interrupted in 1963 when it was hit by a disastrous earthquake. Today, Skopje is a modern city with a range of cultural monuments and booming nightlife.

We stayed in the idyllic main square at the aptly named Square Hotel overlooking the square toward the landmark Stone Bridge connecting the two parts of the city. We didn’t do too much in Skopje at night because we had been travelling all day so we just had a nice dinner in the square and then walked around a bit before crashing around midnight, which is very early for Eastern and Southern Europe. We toured around a bit the next morning taking some pictures before catching our next bus…and the journey continues.

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  1. Macedonia is in Greece. Skopje is the capital of the Former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia.

  2. Philip from Macedon says

    A part of Macedonia is in Greece since 1913. Before that it was same piece with today’s Republic of Macedonia. Anyway Republic of Macedonia (together with it stolen part that today is in Greece unfortunately), is known by Alexander the Great, too. I can see that your info dates from 2007. It’s 2012 now and you should visit Macedonia nowadays. I am sure you’ll be impressed by the progress. 🙂 Since you were only in Skopje you should have seen the Matka canyon and caves, the Fortress towers and the old bazaar. The Millennial cross on the Vodno mountain, there are cable cars now to the top and many other things. If you have more time you can visit Prespa (amazing nature, perfect for biking) and Ohrid of course. For a a short excitement tour you would not need more than a week. There are many other nice places too, lakes, archaeological sites, mountains, waterfalls and so, but you’ll need at least 2-3 weeks to experience them. 😉 Thanks 😉

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