Full-Day Walking Tour of Skopje, with Millennium Cross and Cable Car Option
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Count Skopje is not just Macedonia's biggest city, and its cultural, economic, political, and academic hub; it's among Europe's most compelling, diverse capitals. Recently, a pricy, infamous project, Skopje 2014 peppered the map with remodels and new monuments, bridges, museums, and flourishes in a Baroque, neoclassical, and contemporary mix. Always evolving, expect a fresh, eye-opening experience with every step.
Begin outside the modern Memorial House of Mother Teresa, built where the hometown heroine and sainted Catholic was baptized. At Alexander the Great's fountain, confront the 48-foot, 48-ton, ancient conqueror king. He fiercely dominates downtown, astride his horse Bucephalus and encircled by eight bronze statues, including his dad, Philip II of Macedon.
Inhabited since at least 4,000 B.C., Skopje still boasts plenty of authentic heritage sites, many from the Ottoman and Byzantine era. Glimpse the Stone Bridge, erected in the 6th century by emperor Justinian and on which every ruler since has tried to leave his mark. After a great earthquake in 518, when "Scupi" (the city's ancient name) was destroyed, he built Justinijana Prima, the precursor of present-day Skopje (or Kale) Fortress.
From here, on the city's highest point, you’ll have the option to board a waiting motor coach. After a panoramic drive through town, head to Vodno Mountain and admire awe-inspiring vistas as you take a cable car to the summit. From below, there's no missing the 217-foot-tall cross atop it, memorializing 2,000 years of Christianity. But you must see it up close, not to mention the Skopje horizon that seems to stretch on for an eternity.
Praying at the altered altar
Holy Savior Church shows how even key landmarks can change. A fresco fragment, unearthed after another devastating earthquake in 1963, suggests this 17th-century structure was built on the foundation of a 16th-century church. But it's the 19th-century iconostasis that makes it especially famous. About 20 feet high and 33 feet long, the ornate walnut piece is one of the country's finest examples of traditional woodcarving.
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