Full-Day Tour of Skopje, with Round-Trip Travel from Ohrid and Free Time
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Talk about a power trip! Inhabited since at least 4,000 B.C., the Skopje territory has been claimed by numerous empires and kingdoms, including Romans, Bulgarians, Byzantines, Serbians, and Ottoman Turks. Inevitably, today's population remains wide-ranging and largely linked spiritually to the Eastern Orthodox Church and Islam.
No wonder, then, that Macedonia's multicultural capital also borders on the divine. Mother Teresa herself, the sainted Catholic humanitarian, was born in Skopje and lived here from 1910 to 1928. Pause outside the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, built in 2009 on the site of the church where she was baptized. It houses a museum and her signature white sari with blue stripes.
Nearby, enter Holy Savior Church and be awestruck by the iconostasis, a high relief, walnut carving showing scenes of religion and nature. Keep an eye out for its creators, who whittled themselves in one corner. Be moved by the Jewish Quarter. Until World War II, Skopje housed a community primarily descended from Spanish Sephardis who escaped the Inquisition. Most survivors settled in Israel. The Holocaust Memorial Centre records the heartrending story.
Many mosques dot the townscape, too. Spot some, among other historic buildings, as you walk the streets of the Old Bazaar. Pop in and out of picturesque shops, bursting with local crafts, exquisite jewelry, and intriguing cafes. Delve into Skopje Fortress, commonly known as Kale Fortress...a tad redundant, since "kale" is the Turkish word for "fortress." What's the result of all these landmarks? An enthralling mosaic that's yours to worship.
Browse the largest bazaar in the Balkans
Even the Old Bazaar gives a nod to Skopje's majority religions. Centuries ago, it began in part, as it remains, a shopping zone. But the market area was also a hub where Christians and Muslims, who lived on separate sides, could connect. Lined with small shops of equal size so they could be contained under "one roof," each street hosted a different trade, like food, gold, shoes, dresses, and pots. And of course, it encompassed Turkish baths, hotels, mosques, and churches.
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