This fortress has the dominant place in the city. It was built of stone blocks from the ruins of the city of Skupi, during the rule of the Romans, Czar Justinijan the I-st. The ramparts of the Skopsko Kale are 121 meter long and today one square, one rectangular and one round tower are saved. Today in the space of the fortress is an arranged park, which serves for recreation and fun, and in the evening hours besides the sounds of the Macedonian folks music, the visitors have a wonderful view on the city and the river Vardar from there.
Old Skopje bazaar
On the left side of the river Vardar , in the ancient part of Skopje is the old Skopje bazaar. Up to the present time the bazaar has experienced several changes in respect of the appearance and the organization, but it has still kept the spirit of the past. In the small innumerable handicraft shops, the Skopje’s handicraftsmen can still be seen, tailors, cobbler, quilt makers, shoe makers, tinsmiths etc. The old market place is still alive and full with a vivid atmosphere which radiates from the small shops, coffee and tea rooms which are always full with tourists which are delighted from the appearance and the life of this part of the city.
The Stone bridge
According to certain data the bridge was built in the VI-th century, whereas in its present form it was raised upon the old foundation in the time of the Sultan Murat II in the first half of the XV century. It was built of well worked out stone blocks and has 12 semicircular arches. This monumental building has undergone larger repairs through the centuries, but today the bridge has still kept the primary shape and form.
This project is one of the most prominent monuments of the Islamic profane architecture. The Turkish bath was built by the grand vizier of Rumelia, Daut Pasha in the XV century. In the first time it was used for the needs of its harem, and later it served as a public bath. Today, the Turkish bath is turned into an art gallery with a wide choice of Macedonian icons of the XIV to the XIX century, collective works of Macedonian artists- pictures, sculptures, graphics, and drawings and more recently in the rooms of the Turkish bath also concerts are held, promotions of books, theater performances with chamber orchestra etc.
In the sources, Kursumli an is mentioned as a memorial of Mula Musledin Hodza. Kursumli An acts impressively and delightfully with its monumentality, decoratively built walls and the numerous domes in shape of pyramids. Today, the complex of the Museum of Macedonia is located within the Turkish bath. The Yard of Kursumli-an during the summer period is being used for organizing of cultural manifestations: dramatic performances, concerts, literature readings…
Built in 1370 upon the foundations of an older church, as a will of the king Milutin. The painting in the church is a work of the famous Macedonian woodcarvers Mihailo and Eftihie. On the walls of this church they left a real gallery of frescos, on which the saints are shown in their real height, compositions which in a special realistic way show the “Christ Miracles”, a lot of bible motives through the frescos “The Secret Dinner”, “The Mourning of Christ”, “Curing of the Young Woman”, “Christ in the Samarjanka” and a lot of others.
On 2 kilometres north-west from Skopje, the aqueduct was built of stone and bricks with 55 arches supported on massive pillars. For the building of the aqueduct there were shared opinions in the science. According some scientists it was a Roman aqueduct whereas according to others it was a Bysantium building. The last scientific researches connect the building of the aqueduct with Isa bey, which means that it was built during the time of the Turkish rule and more precisely in XVI century.
St. Spas church
It was built in the beginning of the XVII or XVIII century, upon foundations on an older church. Part of the fresco painting on the southern side was found from this older church which origins from XVI century. In contrast to the modest outside appearance of the church, after one enters inside, he immediately becomes astonished in front of the beauty of the iconostasis on the eastern side. The iconostasis is 6 meters high and 10 meters long. On this space, the carving group managed to show numerous scenes from the bible, important geometrical ornaments and figures from the flora and the fauna.
Isa – Bey’s mosque
It is located in the vicinity of Bitpazar. According to the inscription on the mosque, it was built as a will of Isa-bey, after his death. According to its outer appearance it differs from the other mosques. In contrast of them it has two domes, covered with lead. It was built of milled stone, with horizontally arranged bricks. The mosque has a nice tube and the roof is made of lead.
Monastery St. Panteleimon
The monastery is located on 8 km south-west from Skopje, in the village of Upper Nerezi. The monastery church devoted to St. Panteleimon was built in 1164. On the walls of this church a unique gallery of the master pieces of the Bysantium art is presented. Still what is a main subject of the scientific interest are the unrepeatable compositions “Take Down From the Cross” and the “Mourning of Christ”. In the monastery yard are the palaces surrounded with high walls, which are composed of one big, one smaller and a few auxiliary buildings.
Mustafa – Pasha mosque
In the vicinity of Kursumli-an, 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 I. Particularly attractive part of this building is the tall minaret, made of cut stone, whereas the expanded part is decorated with ornaments.
Makes part of the House of ARM, the unique preserved monument in the new part of the city. The time when it was built and the one who built it are not known. Most probably it is a feudal tower of some Turkish bey. Today it is in good conditions.