Although small in area, it has an advantage over many European countries in the number of historical and natural landmarks. Macedonia will amaze you with its ancient Orthodox temples and monasteries. We have made a list of the top sights of Macedonia.
The Kale Fortress in Skopje (Skopje Kale)
On the hilly bank of the Vardar River, in the center of Skopje, rises the ancient Venetian fortress of Calais – an unprecedented city symbol, an object of national pride in Macedonia. On the territory of the fortress there is a fairy park in which both the inhabitants of the town and the tourists walk with pleasure. Admission is free.
Perhaps there are no tourists who have been to Ohrid and not visited Samuel’s Fortress. This landmark of Macedonia is usually one of the first in the mandatory list, second only to the famous Lake Ohrid.
3. The ancient amphitheater in Ohrid
In the old center of Ohrid, near the beach is an ancient Hellenic amphitheater. It was discovered relatively recently and quite by accident. Meanwhile, the building dates back to the 2nd century BC.
The history of the Skopje Zoo began more than a century ago with the initiative of the young and ambitious scientist Stanko Karaman. The biologist created the zoo from virtually nothing: 40 acres of land and several animals donated to him.
The stone bridge in Skopje
The main river of Macedonia – Vardar, crossing the territory of Skopje, divides the capital into two parts: Old and New Town. Accordingly, in the old part of Skopje you can get acquainted with the main historical monuments of Macedonia: the fortress of Kale, the mosque of Mustafa Pasha and many others.
Mustafa Pasha Mosque
In the central part of Skopje, near the Old Market, stands the medieval Mustafa Pasha Mosque – the brightest Islamic monument in Macedonia. The sanctuary was built about five centuries ago, but remains in excellent condition, as if time had not touched it.
The Monastery of St. Naum
Excursion around the sights of Macedonia is impossible to imagine without a visit to the monastery “St. Naum”. This is one of the oldest and most revered monasteries in the territory of the present Macedonian Republic. According to historians, the origin of the monastery “St. Naum” is at the end of the 9th century.