Skopje

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, economic, and academic centre 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. Some of the monuments from long ago are still remained. Those are: the remaining from the old city, the fortress Kale, Aqueduct, the Stone Bridge, many churches (St. Pantaleimon - Nerezi, St. Andrew - Saraj, Holy Saviour, St. Demetrius Markova Susica, The Holy Archangels - Kuceviste, St. Niketas - Gornjane), mosques (Mustafa Pasha, Ishak Bey, Yahya Pasha,Sultan Murat, Gazi Isa Bey), Daut Pasha bath, The old Bazaar.

Today Skopje is a modern city with a range of cultural monuments. It has 506,926 inhabitants (2002 census).


1. MODERN SKOPJE


10.00 Museum of Holokaust

museum dedicated to the memory of the Jews of Macedonia who perished in the Holocaust. 10.30 Museum of IMRO (Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation) The museum complex is being built in Skopje to honour the fighters for Macedonian independence and those who fell in the service of that ideal. 12.00 Explanation for each monument of square Macedonia (Alexander the Great, Tsar Samuil, Metodi Andonov - Chento, St Cyril and Methodius, Justinian, …)

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Museum of Mother Theresa

The desire to pay respect to one the most famous person and Nobel Prize winner from Macedonia was accomplished on the 30-th of January 2009 with the opening of the Memorial house dedicated to Mother Teresa. It is where Mother Teresa, then Gonxha Bojaxhiu was baptized just one day after her birth, on the 27th of august 1910, place where she received her first communion and where she find her inner peace after her father’s death.

14.00 Visit of Old railway station

It was built in 1938. At a time it was the most beautiful train station on the Balkans, until it was demolished by the earthquake in 1963. ruined in 1963 earthquake. Left ruined, but preserved to keep memories of the past. Today museum of the city of Skopje.

Price: from 15 euro


Price includes:

- Professional tourist guide,

- Lunch,

- Refreshments during the travel,

- All sightseeing’s (with entrance fees included)


2. MILLENIUM CROSS


10.00 Departures from centre of the city

10.30 Transfer to the top of the mount Vodno, passing thru the Vodno settlement, where are located the most beautiful houses in Skopje and many foreign embassies


11.00 Driving with brand new cable cars

The Millennium Cross Cable Car is a cableway that runs to the 66 metre-high Millennium Cross situated on the top of the Vodno Mountain in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, the biggest cross in the world. The ropeway includes 28 regular gondolas for eight persons and two VIP gondolas for four people. The route is 1,750m long, with the ride lasting 6-8 minutes.The ropeway construction was launched in May 2010 and cost 6, 7 million euros, built by Austrian company Doppelmayr.


12.00 Millennium cross

- is a 66 metre-high cross situated on the top of the Vodno Mountain inSkopje, Republic of Macedonia and is the biggest cross in the world. The cross was constructed to commemorate 2,000 years of Christianity in Macedonia and the world. The construction of the cross began in 2002 and was funded by the Macedonian Orthodox Church, the Macedonian government and donations fromMacedonians from all over the world. The cross was built on the highest point of the Vodno mountain on a place known since the time of the Ottoman Empireas "Krstovar", meaning "Place of the cross", as there was a smaller cross situated there.


Price: from 20 euro


Price includes:

- Professional tourist guide,

- Transfer with our vehicle,

- Lunch,

- Refreshments during the travel,

- All sightseeing’s (with entrance for millennium cross cable cars fees included)


3. MATKA NATURE TOUR


08:30 Depart from the city centre

09:00 Monastery Holy Mother of God - XIVc.

Built on an older early Christian basilica, the monastery dedicated to the Holly Mother is one of the first monasteries built at the holly canyon. An interesting XIVc. scenery is the fresco of Jesus Christ as king of all kings.

11:00 Holy Salvation and Holy Trinity

From the monastery we continue tracking toward Holy Salvation Monastery. The track is uphill and often narrow and requires good fitness ability, but still offers beautiful overview of the hole east side of the canyon and wider. After we get acquainted with the history of the monastery we will continue to the next ancient settlement and ruined monastery of Holy Sunday and King Marko’s town.

12:00 Holy Sunday and King Marko’s Town

King Marko’s town is a small fortress that was rebuilt in the XIV c. and served as a stronghold - shelter from the “infidel” Ottoman Turks.

13:00 Climbing Down to the Lake

The way down is going to be abruptly through woods and rocks on unmarked paths.

13:30 Lunch by the Lake

14:30 St. Andrew's Monastery - XIV c.

- Time For Visit and a Short Walk around the Church.

From St.Andrew’s church, we cross the lake by boat and continue our walking tour exploring the nature, beauties and sites of the canyon. We walk for 30 min. the church of St. Nicolas Shishevski, from where we have an excellent view of the canyon.

15:30 Arrival at the Plateau of St. Nicolas Shishevski

It is believed that before becoming a monastery, this location holt a holly pagan place temple. It is definitely a breathtaking location with wonderful view and interesting medieval stories legends and stories.

- 30min time for break. During the break we will visit the monastery inside and get acquainted with the history of the monastery and how it was built, regarding that there is no accessible road to it.

17:30 Departure towards Skopje


Price: from 20 euro


Price includes:

- Professional tourist guide,

- Transfer with our vehicle,

- Lunch,

- Refreshments during the travel,

- All sightseeing’s (with entrance fees included)


4. OLD BAAZAR IN SKOPJE


Departure from the city centre

Sightseeing of the Old Part of the City – Left Bank of River Vardar:

The Fortress - Kale

The fortress was originally built by the Byzantines in the 6th century A.D, with stone walls that are about 121 meters (400 feet) long. According to archaeologists, the stone blocks used in this construction were taken from the decayed city of Skupi nearby.

Mustafa-Pasha Mosque

Mustapha Pasha Mosque is located in the vicinity of Kuršumli Han, in the old part of the city this monument of the Islamic culture attracts the attention with its size and beauty.

The mosque was built by Mustafa Pasha in 1519, the vizier of the Sultan Selim 1st. Particularly attractive part of this building is the tall minaret, made of cut stone, whereas the expanded part is decorated with ornaments.

Kursumli Han

Called the Lead Inn for the the lead on its roof, it was built in 1550 by Mula Musledin Hodza, who was the son of Abdul Gani, a scientist at Sultan Selikm II’s court.

The grassy courtyard has a tinkling fountain and is surrounded by two tiers of high arches, behind which are the dusty rooms that once housed the merchants.

The Skopje Bezisten

“In this attractive town, which has been known for ages and which enjoys a good reputation, a town which, time and again has been destroyed and yet reborn again, Gazi Ishak Bey built a beautiful bezisten...”

The Old Bazaar

Here you will find lots of tiny, pastel shaded, square little one floor shops that string themselves along the narrow cobbled streets that wind up and down the shallow slope underneath the Kale fortress. It has a very Turkish feel about it, with grand mosques dotted among the shops, and shopkeepers with pillbox tupi hats selling everything from hand made leather shoes to kebabs. Cifte Hammam

The mid-15th century Cifte or Double Hamam in the heart of the bazaar was in use as a bath house until 1915. Reconstructed after the 1963 earthquake, it now houses the Contemporary Art Gallery.

Suli Han

The Suli Han inn which houses the Bazaar Museum used to have dozens of rooms for travellers to sleep and store goods, plus stables. It was damaged during the 1669 fire and the 1963 earthquake, and was rebuilt using modern materials.

Kapan Han

A beautiful building indeed, the 15th century Kapan Han is one of the three remaining medieval inns still standing in the old bazaar. Originally constructed as a hotel for visiting merchants, the ground floor was used as a stable and storeroom, with the upper floor given over to a series of rooms for the merchants to sleep in.

- Lunch in a Restaurant in the Old Bazaar

Daut Pasha Hamam

Skopje’s extraordinary 15th-century Daut Pasha Hamam (bath house) holds the National Art Gallery, although the building is far more interesting than any of the art you’ll find inside. Daut Pasha was the Grand Vesir of East Rumelia in the second half of the 15th century who according to legend built the hamam for his harem. The 13-dome building was designed for separate male and female bathing.


The Stone Bridge


Centered in the very core of the city of Skopje, the Stone Bridge is the most prominent landmark of Skopje. The Bridge dates back to the 15th century and it connects the old and the new parts of the city.

Sultan Murat’s Mosque

A huge and quite simple structure with no dome but a normal roof, the Sultan Murat or Hunkar Mosque is Skopje’s oldest, dating from 1436.

The Clock Tower

The Clock Tower was built between 1566 AD and 1572 AD, most probably on the foundations of an already existing building. Initially, the upper part of the Tower was made of wood and the clock mechanism was brought from the city of Siged in Hungary. Writers that visited

Skopje in the 16th and 17th centuries, noted that the Turks even brought a clock-master from Siged for the clock's maintenance.

Gazi Issa Bey’s Mosque

Constructed in 1475/76. Founder was Issa (Isa) Bey, Commander of the Skopje district, grandson of Pasha Yigit Bey (1392-1414) the conqueror of Skopje. Issa Bey (1439-1463) was also the founder of Sarajevo and Novi Pazar.

16:00 End of the tour


Price: from 15 euro

Price includes:

- Professional tourist guide,

- Lunch,

- Refreshments during the travel,

- All sightseeing’s (with entrance fees included)


5. MADJARI NEOLITHIC TOUR


09:00 Departure from the city centre

09:30 Museum of The City of Skopje

This museum, among other archaeological founding from the Skopje area, hosts permanent exhibition of the Neolithic archaeological site Govrlevo that includes a variety of artefacts: Magna Mater - the symbol of fertility, ceramic seal, sacrificial altars, ceramic pots, tools made of stone and bone, jewellery, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic statues.

10:30 Tumba Madzari - The Neolithic Village

Tumba Madžari was an economic and first of all a cultural centre in the micro-cosmos of the Neolithic man of this region. The settlement has an irregular circular shape with a 220 m in diameter and 3 m in height.

12:00 Fortress Kale

The oldest remains of human activity on Skopje Kale are directly associated to archaeological deposit of the area, which was formed through long geological processes, on the base of sedimentary sandbar. Precisely this sand clay reveals the various dug in items, such as the remains of the initial – oldest settlement from the Copper Age-Eneolithic Age or from the 4 millennium before Christ.

13:00 Museum of Macedonia

The archaeological museum is conducted of archaeological artifact from Macedonia dating from Paleolithic (Old Stone Age) to the Byzantium period. There are numerous artifacts from the Prehistory period including stone tools from Paleolithic era, handmade pottery, weapons, jewelry, figurines of ibex, sheep, animal demon from the Neolithic period etc. From the neolith figures the Goddess modeled in combination with sacrificial object that associates the house, found in Tumba Madzari attracts most attention.

14:00 End of the tour


Price: from 20 euro


Price includes:

- Professional tourist guide,

- Transfer with our vehicle,

- Lunch,

- Refreshments during the travel,

- All sightseeing’s (with entrance fees included)


6. SKOPJE - MONASTERY TOUR


Departure from the city centre

09:00 The basilicas of the ancient city of Skupi

First mentioned in the year 3 B.C and founded by the Dardanians, it quickly developed into an important regional center when the Romans made it the capital of their Dardanian Province.

A few centuries later, with the creation of a Christian episcopacy, the economical and cultural importance of Skupi grew yet again.

10:00 Museum Of Macedonia

The archaeological museum is conducted of archaeological artifact from Macedonia dating from Paleolithic (Old Stone Age) to the Byzantium period. There are numerous artifacts from the Prehistory period including stone tools from Paleolithic era, handmade pottery, weapons, jewelry, figurines of ibex, sheep, animal demon from the Neolithic period etc. From the neolith figures the Goddess modeled in combination with sacrificial object that associates the house, found in Tumba Madzari attracts most attention.

Icon Gallery: Exhibition of icons from 14th - 19th century

11:00 The church of the Holy Salvation - Sveti Spas

Some of the foundations date back to the 14th century, before Ottoman times. The church was partly rebuilt underground in the 16th century, since under Ottoman rule churches were not allowed to be taller than a mosque.

The iconostasis is made from walnut tree and about 10m wide and 6m high, it took 6 years (1819-1824) to make it! Besides the many religious scenes, the woodcarving team itself can be found at the right side of the iconostasis, as some kind of humoristic signature.

2:30 Mother Teresa Memorial House

The desire to pay respect to one the most famous person and Nobel Prize winner from Macedonia was accomplished on the 30-th of January 2009 with the opening of the Memorial house dedicated to Mother Teresa. It is where Mother Teresa, then Gonxha Bojaxhiu was baptized just one day after her birth, on the 27th of august 1910, place where she received her first communion and where she find her inner peace after her father’s death.

13:30 Lunch in the restaurant of the Monastery Complex St. Panteleimon

14:30 Visit to the church St. Panteleimon

The church which is one of the oldest and most important in Macedonia was built and painted in 1164 under the patronage of Byzantine Prince Alexios Komnenos whose name is made immortal by being carved in marble, right above the entrance in the church. It was dedicated to St. Panteleimon, the protector of health.

16:00 Visit of Marko's Monastery

It was founded by king Volkashin in 1345 and finished by his son King Marko in 1366, who is also the donor of the frescoes painted between 1366 and 1371. It is unknown why the monastery is built in the vicinity of Skopje instead of Prilep the capital of their medieval kingdom. It is presumed that the grave of king Marko is here but it was destroyed by the Turks.

17:30 Arrival in the city

Price: from 25 euro


Price includes:

- Professional tourist guide,

- Transfer with our vehicle,

- Lunch,

- Refreshments during the travel,

- All sightseeing’s (with entrance fees included


7. SKOPSKA CRNA GORA

08:30 Departure from the city centre

09:30 Monastery St. Virgin Mary – village of Pobožje

10:30 The church of St. Spas - village od Kuchevishte

11:30 Monastery St. Archangels – village of Kučevište

12:30 Monastery Gorni Sveti Ilija – village of Banjani

13:00 Monastery St. Nikita - 14th century

The church and a chapel dedicated to St. Jovan the Baptists were erected by the Serbian King Milutin in 1307-1308. This church is well known for its frescoes - the work of the famous painters Michailo and Eutihie, who also painted the frescoes in the church St. Clement of Ohrid.

14:00 Traditional Lunch – Chardak restaurant

15:30 Church Dolni Sveti Ilija

17:30 Arival in Skopje


Price: from 25 euro

Price includes:

- Professional tourist guide,

- Transfer with our vehicle,

- Lunch,

- Refreshments during the travel,

- All sightseeing’s (with entrance fees included)

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