Skopje is the capital city of the Republic of Macedonia.
It has approx. 650,000 inhabitants (2000 estimate) and is located on the upper Vardar river.
Skopje is located at 42°0'N 21°26'E.
Skopje is the political, economic, and cultural centre of the modern Republic of Macedonia.
It is a major centre for the metal-processing, chemical, timber, textile, leather, and printing industries.
Industrial development of the city has been accompanied by an
intensive development of the trade and banking sectors, as well as an emphasis on the fields of culture and sport.
¤ The use of the terms Republic of Macedonia and Macedonian(s) throughout this article is not meant to imply an official position on the naming dispute between Athens and Skopje. See Foreign relations of the Republic of Macedonia#Naming_dispute_with_Greece, Republic_of_Macedonia#Naming_Dispute and United Nations Resolution 817 (1993)
North of the city there is a Roman aqueduct.
Medieval monasteries in the vicinity include that of Nerezi (1164), with rather realistic 12th-century frescoes, similar to the Giotto's pictures, some 140 years latter.
There are notable buildings from the Turkish rule such as the Kursumli Han (medieval Turkish inn) and several mosques.
One of the bridges connecting both side of Vardar River is the stone bridge built during the time of Stefan Dusan.
Some of the famous people born in Skopje or its surroundings:
For further information about Skopje see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Macedonia and other related pages.
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Hui Chin and I spent a short while in Skopje during our trip around the Balkan in 2005.
We did enjoy ourselves.
Unfortunately I do not have all my photos of this place left, although we had four cameras between us and we have taken many, many photos wherever we went, two of my most favoured cameras: a JVC video camera I favoured because of the quality of photos it produced, ease of use and its excellent compression rate, and my Panasonic camera for its miniature size. Both had large, 512 MB SD Cards and many thousands of photos on them were stolen from my bag, later into our trip, by some 'lowlife', with my wallet and money.
You'll see this message a few times, because my JVC and Panasonic cameras' cards had many-many pictures stored.
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
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