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SKOPJE (Macedonian : Скопје, ( listen )) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
. It is the country's political, cultural, economic, and academic center. It was known in the Roman period under the name Scupi .

The territory of Skopje
Skopje
has been inhabited since at least 4000 BC; remains of Neolithic
Neolithic
settlements have been found within the old Kale Fortress that overlooks the modern city centre. On the eve of the 1st century AD, the settlement was seized by the Romans and became a military camp. When the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
was divided into eastern and western halves in 395 AD, Scupi came under Byzantine rule from Constantinople
Constantinople
. During much of the early medieval period, the town was contested between the Byzantines and the Bulgarian Empire , whose capital it was between 972 and 992. From 1282, the town was part of the Serbian Empire and acted as its capital city from 1346 to 1371. In 1392, the city was conquered by the Ottoman Turks who called the town Üsküp. The town stayed under Turkish control for over 500 years, serving as the capital of pashasanjak of Üsküb and later the Vilayet of Kosovo
Kosovo
. At that time the city was famous for its oriental architecture. In 1912, it was annexed by the Kingdom of Serbia during the Balkan Wars and after the First World War the city became part of the newly formed Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Kingdom of Yugoslavia) . In the Second World War
Second World War
the city was conquered by the Bulgarian Army , which was part of the Axis powers . In 1944, it became the capital city of Democratic Macedonia (later Socialist Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
), which was a federal state, part of Democratic Federal Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
(later Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
). The city developed rapidly after World War II, but this trend was interrupted in 1963 when it was hit by a disastrous earthquake . In 1991, it became the capital city of an independent Macedonia .

Skopje
Skopje
is located on the upper course of the Vardar
Vardar
River , and is located on a major north-south Balkan route between Belgrade
Belgrade
and Athens
Athens
. It is a center for metal-processing, chemical, timber, textile, leather, and printing industries. Industrial development of the city has been accompanied by development of the trade, logistics, and banking sectors, as well as an emphasis on the fields of transportation, culture and sport. According to the last official count from 2002, Skopje
Skopje
has a population of 506,926 inhabitants; according to two more recent unofficial estimates, the city has a population of about 687,086 to 1,000,000 inhabitants.

CONTENTS

* 1 Geography

* 1.1 Topography * 1.2 Hydrography * 1.3 Geology * 1.4 Climate * 1.5 Nature and environment

* 2 Urbanism

* 2.1 Urban morphology * 2.2 Localities and villages * 2.3 Urban sociology

* 3 Toponymy

* 4 History

* 4.1 Origins * 4.2 Roman Scupi * 4.3 Middle Ages * 4.4 Ottoman period * 4.5 From the Balkan Wars to present day

* 5 Emblems

* 6 Administration

* 6.1 Status * 6.2 City Council * 6.3 Mayor * 6.4 Municipalities

* 7 Economy

* 7.1 Economic weight * 7.2 Firms and activities * 7.3 Employment

* 8 Population

* 8.1 Demography * 8.2 Ethnic groups * 8.3 Religion * 8.4 Health * 8.5 Education

* 9 Media * 10 Sports

* 11 Transport

* 11.1 Main connections * 11.2 Rail and coach stations * 11.3 Public transport * 11.4 Airport

* 12 Culture

* 12.1 Cultural institutions * 12.2 Museums * 12.3 Architecture * 12.4 Festivals * 12.5 Nightlife

* 13 People from Skopje
Skopje

* 14 International relations

* 14.1 Twin towns – Sister cities * 14.2 Partnerships

* 15 See also * 16 Notes * 17 References * 18 Sources * 19 Further reading * 20 External links

GEOGRAPHY

TOPOGRAPHY

Landscape of the Skopje
Skopje
valley, near Bardovci.

Skopje
Skopje
is located in the north of the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
, in the center of the Balkan peninsula , and halfway between Belgrade
Belgrade
and Athens
Athens
. The city is built in the Skopje
Skopje
valley, oriented on a west-east axis, along the course of the Vardar
Vardar
river, which flows into the Aegean Sea
Aegean Sea
in Greece
Greece
. The valley is approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) wide and it is limited by several mountain ranges to the North and South. These ranges limit the urban expansion of Skopje, which spreads along the Vardar
Vardar
and the Serava, a small river which comes from the North. In its administrative boundaries, the City of Skopje
Skopje
stretches for more than 33 kilometres (21 miles), but it is only 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) wide.

Skopje
Skopje
is approximately 245m above sea level and covers 571.46 km2. The urbanised area only covers 337 km2, with a density of 65 inhabitants per hectare. Skopje, in its administrative limits, encompasses many villages and other settlements, including Dračevo , Gorno Nerezi and Bardovci. According to the 2002 census, the City of Skopje
Skopje
comprised 506,926 inhabitants, whereas the sole urban area only comprised 444,800 inhabitants.

The City of Skopje
Skopje
reaches the Kosovo
Kosovo
border to the North-East. Clockwise, it is also bordered by the Macedonian municipalities of Čučer-Sandevo , Lipkovo , Aračinovo , Ilinden , Studeničani , Sopište , Želino and Jegunovce . The City of Skopje, its administrative limits are in red.

HYDROGRAPHY

The Vardar
Vardar
and the Stone Bridge , symbol of the city.

The Vardar
Vardar
river, which flows through Skopje, is at approximately 60 kilometres (37 miles) from its source near Gostivar . In Skopje, its average discharge is 51 m3/s, with a wide amplitude depending on seasons, between 99.6 m3/s in May and 18.7 m3/s in July. The water temperature is comprised between 4.6 °C in January and 18.1 °C in July. The main river running through the center of Skopje
Skopje
c. 1950

Several rivers meet the Vardar
Vardar
within the city boundaries. The largest is the Treska , which is 130 kilometres (81 miles) long. It crosses the Matka Canyon
Matka Canyon
before reaching the Vardar
Vardar
on the western extremity of the City of Skopje. The Lepenec , coming from Kosovo
Kosovo
, flows into the Vardar
Vardar
on the northwestern end of the urban area. The Serava, also coming from the North, had flowed through the Old Bazaar until the 1960s, when it was diverted towards the West because its waters were very polluted. Originally, it met the Vardar
Vardar
close to the seat of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts . Nowadays, it flows into the Vardar
Vardar
near the ruins of Scupi . Finally, the Markova Reka, the source of which is on Mount Vodno , meets the Vardar
Vardar
at the eastern extremity of the city. These three rivers are less than 70 kilometres (43 miles) long. The Matka Canyon
Matka Canyon
and the Treska , on the western edge of the City of Skopje.

The city of Skopje
Skopje
comprises two artificial lakes, located on the Treska. The lake Matka is the result of the construction of a dam in the Matka Canyon
Matka Canyon
in the 1930s, and the Treska lake was dug for leisure purpose in 1978. Three small natural lakes can be found near Smiljkovci, on the northeastern edge of the urban area.

The river Vardar
Vardar
historically caused many floods, such as in 1962, when its outflow reached 1110 m3/s−1. Several works have been carried since Byzantine times to limit the risks, and since the construction of the Kozjak dam on the Treska in 1994, the flood risk is close to zero.

The subsoil contains a large water table which is alimented by the Vardar
Vardar
river and functions as an underground river. Under the table lies an aquifer contained in marl . The water table is 4 to 12 m under the ground and 4 to 144 m deep. Several wells collect its waters but most of the drinking water used in Skopje
Skopje
comes from a karstic spring in Rašče, located west of the city.

*

The Treska leaving the canyon. *

The Treska lake. *

The Serava north of the city.

GEOLOGY

Mount Vodno as seen from the Stone Bridge .

The Skopje
Skopje
valley is bordered on the West by the Šar Mountains , on the South by the Jakupica range, on the East by hills belonging to the Osogovo
Osogovo
range, and on the North by the Skopska Crna Gora . Mount Vodno , the highest point inside the city limits, is 1066 m high and is part of the Jakupica range.

Although Skopje
Skopje
is built on the foot of Mount Vodno, the urban area is mostly flat. It comprises several minor hills, generally covered with woods and parks, such as Gazi Baba hill (325 m), Zajčev Rid (327 m), the foothills of Mount Vodno (the smallest are between 350 and 400 m high) and the promontory on which Skopje Fortress is built. A cave near the Matka Canyon
Matka Canyon
.

The Skopje
Skopje
valley is located near a seismic fault between the African and Eurasian tectonic plates and experiences regular seismic activity. This activity in enhanced by the porous structure of the subsoil. Large earthquakes occurred in Skopje
Skopje
in 518, 1505 and 1963.

The Skopje
Skopje
valley belongs to the Vardar
Vardar
geotectonic region, the subsoil of which is formed of Neogene
Neogene
and Quaternary deposits. The substratum is made of Pliocene
Pliocene
deposits including sandstone , marl and various conglomerates. It is covered by a first layer of Quaternary sands and silt, which is between 70 and 90 m deep. The layer is topped by a much smaller layer of clay, sand, silt and gravel, carried by the Vardar
Vardar
river. It is between 1.5 and 5.2 m deep.

In some areas, the subsoil is karstic . It led to the formation of canyons, such as the Matka Canyon
Matka Canyon
, which is surrounded by ten caves. They are between 20 and 176 m deep.

CLIMATE

The climate of Skopje
Skopje
is usually classified as continental sub-Mediterranean, (Cfa under the Köppen climate classification
Köppen climate classification
) with a mean annual temperature of 13.5 °C (56 °F). Precipitation
Precipitation
is relatively low due to the pronounced rain shadow of the Prokletije mountains to the northwest, being only a quarter of what is received on the Adriatic Sea coast at the same latitude. The summers are long, hot and humid. Skopje's average July high is 31 °C (88 °F). On average Skopje
Skopje
will see 88 days above 30 °C (86 °F) each year, and 10.2 days above 35.0 °C (95 °F) every year. Winters are short, relatively cold, and wet. Snowfalls are common in the winter period, but heavy snow accumulation is rare and the snowcover lasts only for a few hours or a few days if heavy. In summer, temperatures are usually above 31 °C (88 °F) and sometimes above 40 °C (104 °F). In spring and autumn, the temperatures range from 15 to 24 °C (59 to 75 °F). In winter, the day temperatures are roughly 6 °C (43 °F), but at nights they often fall below 0 °C (32 °F) and sometimes below −10 °C (14 °F). Typically, temperatures throughout one year range from −13 °C to 39 °C. Occurrences of precipitation are evenly distributed throughout the year, being heaviest from October to December and from April to June.

CLIMATE DATA FOR SKOPJE

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

RECORD HIGH °C (°F) 18.7 (65.7) 24.2 (75.6) 28.8 (83.8) 32.4 (90.3) 35.2 (95.4) 41.1 (106) 42.8 (109) 43.2 (109.8) 37.0 (98.6) 33.9 (93) 28.2 (82.8) 22.1 (71.8) 43.2 (109.8)

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 4.5 (40.1) 8.3 (46.9) 14.0 (57.2) 19.1 (66.4) 24.4 (75.9) 28.8 (83.8) 31.4 (88.5) 31.5 (88.7) 26.5 (79.7) 19.8 (67.6) 11.5 (52.7) 5.5 (41.9) 18.8 (65.8)

DAILY MEAN °C (°F) 0.1 (32.2) 2.6 (36.7) 7.6 (45.7) 12.1 (53.8) 17.3 (63.1) 21.5 (70.7) 23.8 (74.8) 23.8 (74.8) 18.8 (65.8) 13.1 (55.6) 6.5 (43.7) 1.7 (35.1) 12.4 (54.3)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) −3.8 (25.2) −2.3 (27.9) 1.6 (34.9) 5.4 (41.7) 10.0 (50) 13.7 (56.7) 15.8 (60.4) 15.7 (60.3) 11.6 (52.9) 7.2 (45) 1.8 (35.2) −1.8 (28.8) 6.2 (43.2)

RECORD LOW °C (°F) −25.6 (−14.1) −21.8 (−7.2) −10.8 (12.6) −5.8 (21.6) −1.0 (30.2) 3.0 (37.4) 7.0 (44.6) 7.0 (44.6) −2.0 (28.4) −6.4 (20.5) −12.2 (10) −22.9 (−9.2) −25.6 (−14.1)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 30 (1.18) 29 (1.14) 38 (1.5) 40 (1.57) 43 (1.69) 54 (2.13) 38 (1.5) 36 (1.42) 34 (1.34) 49 (1.93) 45 (1.77) 48 (1.89) 483 (19.02)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION DAYS 10 9 10 10 11 10 7 6 6 7 9 11 106

AVERAGE SNOWY DAYS 5 5 3 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 2 5 20

AVERAGE RELATIVE HUMIDITY (%) 83 75 68 66 66 61 56 56 63 74 82 85 70

MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 86.9 112.5 161.1 198.4 245.2 276.3 323.0 305.4 247.5 188.2 114.8 79.6 2,338.9

Source #1: Pogoda.ru.net, World Meteorological Organization (precipitation days)

Source #2: NOAA
NOAA
(sun, 1961–1990)

NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT

Skopje
Skopje
as seen from Mount Vodno. The cable car cables are also visible.

The city of Skopje
Skopje
encompasses various natural environments and its fauna and flora are rich. However, it is threatened by the intensification of agriculture and the urban extension. The largest protected area within the city limits is Mount Vodno, which is a popular leisure destination. A cable car connects its peak to the downtown, and many pedestrian paths run through its woods. Other large natural spots include the Matka Canyon
Matka Canyon
.

The city itself comprises several parks and gardens amounting to 4,361 hectares. Among these are the City Park (Gradski Park), built by the Ottoman Turks at the beginning of the 20th century; Žena Borec Park, located in front of the Parliament; the University arboretum; and Gazi Baba forest. Many streets and boulevards are planted with trees.

Skopje
Skopje
experiences many environmental issues which are often overshadowed by the economic poverty of the country. However, alignment of Macedonian law on European law has brought progress in some fields, such as water and waste treatment, and industrial emissions.

Steel processing, which a crucial activity for the local economy, is responsible for soil pollution with heavy metals such as lead , zinc and cadmium , and air pollution with nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide . Vehicle traffic and district heating plants are also responsible for air pollution. The highest pollution levels usually occur in autumn and winter.

Water treatment plants are being built, but much polluted water is still discharged untreated into the Vardar
Vardar
. Waste is disposed of in the open-air municipal landfill site, located 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) north of the city. Every day, it receives 1,500 m3 of domestic waste and 400 m3 of industrial waste. Health levels are better in Skopje
Skopje
than in the rest of the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
, and no link has been found between the low environmental quality and the health of the residents.

URBANISM

URBAN MORPHOLOGY

Skopje
Skopje
urban plan for 2002–2020 : City centre Collective housing Individual housing Industrial areas

The urban morphology of Skopje
Skopje
was deeply impacted by the 26th of July 1963 earthquake which destroyed 80% of the city and by the reconstruction that followed. For instance, neighbourhoods were rebuilt in such a way that the demographic density remains low to limit the impact of potential future earthquakes.

Reconstruction following the 1963 earthquake was mainly conducted by the Polish architect Adolf Ciborowski , who had already planned the reconstruction of Warsaw
Warsaw
after World War II
World War II
. Ciborowski divided the city in blocks dedicated to specific activities. The banks of the Vardar
Vardar
river became natural areas and parks, areas located between the main boulevards were built with highrise housing and shopping malls, and the suburbs were left to individual housing and industry. Reconstruction had to be quick in order to relocate families and to relaunch the local economy. To stimulate economic development, the number of thoroughfares was increased and future urban extension was anticipated. Skopje
Skopje
as seen by the SPOT satellite . Mount Vodno is visible on the bottom left of the picture.

The south bank of the Vardar
Vardar
river generally comprises highrise tower blocks, including the vast Karpoš neighbourhood which was built in the 1970s west of the centre. Towards the East, the new municipality of Aerodrom was planned in the 1980s to house 80,000 inhabitants on the site of the old airport. Between Karpoš and Aerodrom lies the city centre, rebuilt according to plans by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange . The centre is surrounded by a row of long buildings suggesting a wall ("Gradski Zid").

On the north bank, where the most ancient parts of the city lie, the Old Bazaar was restored and its surroundings were rebuilt with low-rise buildings, so as not to spoil views of the Skopje Fortress . Several institutions, including the university and the Macedonian academy, were also relocated on the north bank in order to reduce borders between the ethnic communities. Indeed, the north bank is mostly inhabited by Muslim Albanians, Turks and Roma, whereas Christian ethnic Macedonians predominantly reside on the south bank.

The earthquake left the city with few historical monuments, apart from the Ottoman Old Bazaar , and the reconstruction, conducted between the 1960s and 1980s, turned Skopje
Skopje
into a modernist but grey city. At the end of the 2000s , the city center experienced profound changes. A highly controversial urban project, " Skopje 2014
Skopje 2014
", was adopted by the municipal authorities in order to give the city a more monumental and historical aspect, and thus to transform it into a proper national capital. Several neoclassical buildings destroyed in the 1963 earthquake were rebuilt, including the national theatre, and streets and squares were refurbished. Many other elements were also built, including fountains, statues, hotels, government buildings and bridges. The project has been criticised because of its cost and its historicist aesthetics. The large Albanian minority felt it was not represented in the new monuments, and launched side projects, including a new square over the boulevard that separate the city centre from the Old Bazaar .

Some areas of Skopje
Skopje
suffer from a certain anarchy because many houses and buildings were built without consent from the local authorities.

*

Vapcarov Street, in the city centre. *

A street in the Old Bazaar . *

Highrise housing in Karpoš. *

The newly developed neighbourhood of Novo Lisiče, in Aerodrom. *

The archeological museum, one of the elements of " Skopje 2014
Skopje 2014
".

LOCALITIES AND VILLAGES

Gorno Nerezi , a village located on the northern side of Mount Vodno.

Outside of the urban area, the City of Skopje
Skopje
encompasses many small settlements. Some of them are becoming outer suburbs, such as Singeliḱ, located on the road to Belgrade, which has more than 23,000 inhabitants, and Dračevo , which has almost 20,000 inhabitants. Other large settlements are located north of the city, such as Radišani, with 9,000 inhabitants, whereas smaller villages can be found on Mount Vodno or in Saraj municipality , which is the most rural of the ten municipalities that form the City of Skopje.

Some localities located outside the city limits are also becoming outer suburbs, particularly in Ilinden and Petrovec municipality . They benefit from the presence of major roads, railways and the airport , located in Petrovec.

URBAN SOCIOLOGY

Kapištec neighbourhood, developed during the 1970s. Some post-earthquake prefabricated houses can be seen in the foreground.

Skopje
Skopje
is an ethnically diverse city, and its urban sociology primarily depends on ethnic and religious belonging. Macedonians form 66% of the city population, while Albanians and Roma account respectively for 20% and 6%. Each ethnic group generally restrict itself to certain areas of the city. Macedonians live south of the Vardar
Vardar
, in areas massively rebuilt after 1963, and Muslims live on the northern side, in the oldest neighbourhoods of the city. These neighbourhoods are considered more traditional, whereas the south side evokes to Macedonians modernity and rupture from rural life.

The northern areas are the poorest. This is especially true for Topaana , in Čair municipality , and for Šuto Orizari municipality , which are the two main Roma neighbourhoods. They are made of many illegal constructions not connected to electricity and water supply, which are passed from a generation to the other. Topaana, located close to the Old Bazaar , is a very old area: it was first mentioned as a Roma neighbourhood in the beginning of the 14th century. It has between 3,000 and 5,000 inhabitants. Šuto Orizari, located on the northern edge of the city, is a municipality of its own, with Romani as its local official language. It was developed after the 1963 earthquake to accommodate Roma who had lost their house.

The population density varies greatly from an area to the other. So does the size of the living area per person. The city average was at 19.41 square metres (208.93 square feet) per person as of 2002 , but at 24 square metres (258 square feet) in Centar on the south bank, and only 14 square metres (151 square feet) in Čair on the north bank. In Šuto Orizari , the average was at 13 square metres (140 square feet).

TOPONYMY

Serbian troops overseeing the city's renaming from "Üsküb" to "Skoplje" following Serbia's annexation of Macedonia in 1912 See also: other names of Skopje
Skopje

The current name of the city comes from "Scupi", which was the name of a Roman colony located nearby. However, before the colony was created, the site had already been settled by Illyrians and "Scupi" is probably of Illyrian origin. The meaning of that name is unknown.

After Antiquity , Scupi was occupied by various people and consequently its name was translated several times in several languages. Thus Scupi became "Skopie" (Bulgarian : Скопие) for Bulgarians, and later "Üsküb" (Ottoman Turkish : اسكوب‎) for the Turks . This name was adapted in Western languages in "Uskub" or "Uskup", and these two appellations were used in the Western world until 1912. Some Western sources also cite "Scopia" and "Skopia".

When Vardar
Vardar
Macedonia was annexed by the Kingdom of Serbia in 1912, the city officially became "Skoplje" and this name was adopted by many languages. The city eventually became "Skopje" (Macedonian : Скопје) after the Second World War
Second World War
, when standard Macedonian became the official language of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
. The Albanian minority calls the city "Shkup" and "Shkupi", the latter being the definite form, and Roma call it "Skopiye".

HISTORY

Main articles: History of Skopje and Timeline of Skopje Historical affiliations First Bulgarian Empire c. 830–1004

Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
1004–1081 Normans
Normans
1081–1088 Grand Principality of Serbia 1093–1097 Second Bulgarian Empire 1203–1214 Despotate of Epirus
Despotate of Epirus
1214–1230 Second Bulgarian Empire 1230–1246 Empire of Nicaea
Empire of Nicaea
1246–1255 Second Bulgarian Empire 1255–1256 Empire of Nicaea
Empire of Nicaea
1256–1282 Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
1261–1282 Kingdom of Serbia 1282–1346 Serbian Empire 1346–1392 Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
1392–1912 Kingdom of Serbia 1912–1915 Kingdom of Bulgaria 1915–1918 Kingdom of Serbia 1918 Kingdom of Yugoslavia 1918–1941 Kingdom of Bulgaria 1941–1944 SFR Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
1944–1992 Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
1992–

ORIGINS

The rocky promontory on which stands the Fortress was the first site settled by man in Skopje. The earliest vestiges of human occupation found on this site date from the Chalcolithic
Chalcolithic
( 4th millennium BC ).

Although the Chalcolithic
Chalcolithic
settlement must have been of some significance, it declined during the Bronze Age
Bronze Age
. Archeological research suggest that the settlement always belonged to a same culture, which progressively evolved thanks to contacts with Balkan and Danube
Danube
cultures, and later with the Aegean . The locality eventually disappeared during the Iron Age
Iron Age
when Scupi emerged. Scupi was originally an Illyrian settlement founded during the 1st millennium BC but it later became a Dardanian town. It was located on Zajčev Rid hill, some 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) west of the fortress promontory. Located at the centre of the Balkan peninsula and on the road between Danube
Danube
and Aegean Sea
Aegean Sea
, it was a prosperous locality, although its history is not well known.

ROMAN SCUPI

A "Venus Pudica" found in Scupi, dated from the 2nd century AD.

Dardanians , who lived in present-day Kosovo
Kosovo
, invaded the region around Skopje
Skopje
during the 3rd century BC. Scupi , the ancient name for Skopje, became the capital of Dardania, which extended from Naissus to Bylazora in the second century BC. The Dardanians had remained independent after the Roman conquest of Macedon , and it seems most likely that Dardania lost independence in 28 BC. Roman expansion east brought Scupi under Roman rule as a colony of legionnaires, mainly veterans of the Legio IIV Claudia in the time of Domitian (81–96 AD). However, several legions from the Roman province of Macedonia of Crassus ' army may already have been stationed in there around 29–28 BC, before the official imperial command was instituted. The first mention of the city was made at that period by Livy , who died in 17 AD. Scupi first served as a military base to maintain peace in the region and was officially named "Colonia Flavia Scupinorum", Flavia being the name of the emperor\'s dynasty . Shortly afterwards it became part of the province of Moesia during Augustus
Augustus
's rule. After the division of the province by Domitian in 86 AD, Scupi was elevated to colonial status, and became a seat of government within the new province of Moesia Superior . The district called Dardania (within Moesia Superior) was formed into a special province by Diocletian, with the capital at Naissus .

The city population was very diverse. Engravings on tombstones suggest that only a minority of the population came from Italy
Italy
, while many veterans were from Dalmatia
Dalmatia
, South Gaul
Gaul
and Syria
Syria
. Because of the ethnic diversity of the population, Latin maintained itself as the main language in the city at the expense of Greek , which was spoken in most of the Moesian and Macedonian cities. During the following centuries, Scupi experienced prosperity. The period from the end of the 3rd century to the end of the 4th century was particularly flourishing. A first church was founded under the reign of Constantine the Great and Scupi became the seat of a diocese. In 395, following the division of the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
in two, Scupi became part of the Eastern Roman Empire
Roman Empire
.

In its heyday, Scupi covered 40 hectares and was closed by a 3.5-metre (11 ft) wide wall. It had many monuments, including four necropoles, a theatre, thermae, and a large Christian basilica.

MIDDLE AGES

Skopje Fortress .

In 518, Scupi was destroyed by a violent earthquake, possibly the most devastating one Macedonia has ever experienced. At that time, the region was threatened by the Barbarian invasions , and the city inhabitants had already fled in forests and mountains before the disaster occurred. Scupi was eventually rebuilt by Justinian I
Justinian I
. During his reign, many Byzantine towns were relocated on hills and other easily defendable places to face invasions. Scupi was thus transferred on another site: the promontory on which stands the fortress . However, Scupi was sacked by Slavs
Slavs
at the end of the 6th century and the city seems to have fallen under Slavic rule in 695. The Slavic tribe which settled in Scupi were probably the Berziti who had invaded the entire Vardar
Vardar
valley. The city is not mentioned during the three following centuries but along with the rest of Upper Vardar
Vardar
it became part of the expanding First Bulgarian Empire in the 830s. The coronation of emperor Dušan in Skopje, Alfons Mucha , 1926.

Starting from the end of the 10th century Skopje
Skopje
experienced a period of wars and political troubles. Bulgarian capital from 972 to 992, Samuil ruled it from 976 until 1004 when its governor Roman surrendered it to Byzantine Emperor
Byzantine Emperor
Basil the Bulgar Slayer in 1004 in exchange of the titles of patrician and strategos. Later, Skopje
Skopje
was briefly seized twice by Slavic insurgents who wanted to restore a Bulgarian state. At first in 1040 under Peter Delyan 's command, and in 1072 under the orders of Georgi Voyteh . In 1081, Skopje
Skopje
was captured by Norman troops led by Robert Guiscard
Robert Guiscard
and the city remained in their hands until 1088. Skopje
Skopje
was subsequently conquered by the Serbian Grand Prince Vukan in 1093, and again by the Normans
Normans
four years later. However, because of epidemics and food shortage, Normans quickly surrendered to the Byzantines.

During the 12th and 13th centuries, Bulgarians and Serbs
Serbs
took advantage of Byzantine decline to create large kingdoms stretching from Danube
Danube
to the Aegean Sea
Aegean Sea
. Kaloyan brought Skopje
Skopje
back into reestablished Bulgaria
Bulgaria
in 1203 until his nephew Strez declared autonomy along the Upper Vardar
Vardar
with Serbian help only five years later. In 1209 Strez switched allegiances and recognized Boril of Bulgaria
Bulgaria
with whom he led a successful joint campaign against Serbia's first internationally recognized king Stefan Nemanjić . From 1214 to 1230 Skopje
Skopje
was a part of Byzantine successor state Epirus before recaptured by Ivan Asen II and held by Bulgaria
Bulgaria
until 1246 when the Upper Vardar
Vardar
valley was incorporated once more into a Byzantine state – the Empire of Nicaea
Empire of Nicaea
. Byzantine conquest was briefly reversed in 1255 by the regents of the young Michael Asen I of Bulgaria . Meanwhile, in the parallel civil war for the Crown in Tarnovo Skopje bolyar and grandson to Stefan Nemanja Constantine Tikh gained the upper hand and ruled until Europe's only successful peasant revolt the Uprising of Ivaylo deposed him. In 1282 Skopje
Skopje
was captured by Serbian king Milutin . Under the political stability of the Nemanjić rule, Skopje
Skopje
slowly spread outside the walls of the fortress towards Gazi Baba hill. Churches, monasteries and markets were built and tradesmen from Venice
Venice
and Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
opened shops. The town greatly benefited from its location on the roads between Europe
Europe
, Middle-East and Africa . In the 14th century, Skopje
Skopje
became such an important city that king Dušan made it the capital of the Serbian kingdom . In 1346, he was crowned "Emperor of the Serbs
Serbs
and Greeks" in Skopje. After his death the Serbian Empire collapsed into many small principalities which were unable to defend themselves against the Turks. Skopje
Skopje
was first inherited by the Lordship of Prilep and finally taken by Vuk Branković in the wake of the Battle of Maritsa (1371) before becoming part of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
in 1392.

OTTOMAN PERIOD

The 15th-century Mustafa Pasha Mosque .

Skopje
Skopje
economic life greatly benefited from its position in the middle of Turkish Europe
Europe
. Until the 17th century, Skopje
Skopje
experienced a long golden age. Around 1650, the number of inhabitants in Skopje was between 30,000 and 60,000 and the city contained more than 10,000 houses. It was then one of the only big cities on the territory of future Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
, together with Belgrade
Belgrade
and Sarajevo
Sarajevo
. At that time, Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
, which was a busy harbour, had not even 7,000 inhabitants. Following the Ottoman conquest, the city population changed. Christians were forcibly converted to Islam
Islam
or were replaced by Turks and Jews . At that time, Christians of Skopje
Skopje
were mostly non converted Slavs
Slavs
and Albanians , but also Ragusan and Armenian tradesmen. Ottoman Turks drastically changed the appearance of the city. They organised the Bazaar with its caravanserais , mosques and baths . Skopje
Skopje
after being captured by Albanian revolutionaries in August, 1912 after defeating the Ottoman forces holding the city

The city severely suffered from the Great Turkish War
Great Turkish War
at the end of the 17th century and consequently experienced recession until the 19th century. In 1689, Austrians seized Skopje
Skopje
which was already weakened by a cholera epidemic. The same day, general Silvio Piccolomini set fire to the city to end the epidemic. It is however possible that he wanted to avenge damages that Turks caused in Vienna
Vienna
in 1683 . Skopje burned during two days. The Austrian presence in Macedonia motivated Slav uprisings. Nevertheless, Austrians left the country within the year and Hajduks , leaders of the uprisings, had to follow them in their retreat north of the Balkans. Some were arrested by the Turks, such as Petar Karposh , who was impaled on Skopje
Skopje
Stone Bridge .

After the war, Skopje
Skopje
was in ruins. Most of the official buildings were restored or rebuilt, but the city experienced new plague and cholera epidemics and many inhabitants emigrated. The Ottoman Turkish Empire as a whole entered in recession and political decline. Many rebellions and pillages occurred in Macedonia during the 18th century, either led by Turkish outlaws, Janissaries or Hajduks . An estimation conducted by French officers around 1836 revealed that at that time Skopje
Skopje
only had around 10,000 inhabitants. It was largely overwhelmed by two towns of the present-day Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
: Bitola (40,000) and Štip (15–20,000). The Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, built in the 19th century.

Skopje
Skopje
began to recover from decades of decline after 1850. At that time, the city experienced a slow but steady demographic growth, mainly due to the rural exodus of Slav Macedonians. It was also fuelled by the exodus of Muslims from Serbia
Serbia
and Bulgaria
Bulgaria
, which were gaining autonomy and independence from the Empire at that time. During the Tanzimat reforms, nationalism arose in the Empire and in 1870 a new Bulgarian Church was established and its separate diocese was created, based on ethnic identity , rather than religious principles. The Slavic population of the bishopric of Skopje
Skopje
voted in 1874 overwhelmingly, by 91% in favour of joining the Exarchate and became part of the Bulgarian Millet . Economic growth was permitted by the construction of the Skopje- Salonica
Salonica
railway in 1873. The train station was built south of the Vardar
Vardar
and this contributed to the relocation of economic activities on this side of the river, which had never been urbanised before. Because of the rural exodus, the share of Christians in the city population arose. Some of the newcomers became part of the local elite and helped to spread nationalist ideas Skopje
Skopje
was one of the five main centres of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization when it organised the 1903 Ilinden uprising . Its revolutionary network in Skopje
Skopje
region was not well-developed and the lack of weapons was a serious problem. At the outbreak of the uprising the rebel forces derailed a military train. On 3 and 5 August respectively, they attacked a Turkish unit guarding the bridge on the Vardar
Vardar
river and gave a battle in the "St. Jovan" monastery. In the next few days the band was pursued by numerous Bashibozuks and moved to Bulgaria. Cutlers in the Old Bazaar around 1900.

In 1877, Skopje
Skopje
was chosen as the capital city of the new Kosovo Vilayet , which encompassed present-day Kosovo
Kosovo
, northwestern Macedonia and the Sanjak of Novi Pazar . In 1905, the city had 32,000 inhabitants, making it the largest of the vilayet, although closely followed by Prizren with its 30,000 inhabitants. Of the Skopje
Skopje
Muslim population of the late Ottoman period German linguist Gustav Weigand noted that though most were Albanians regarded as Turks or Ottomans (Osmanli), they spoke Turkish in public and Albanian at home. At the beginning of the 20th century, local economy was focused on dyeing , weaving , tanning , ironworks and wine and flour processing.

Following the Young Turk Revolution
Young Turk Revolution
in 1908, the Ottoman Turkish Empire experienced democracy and several political parties were created. However, some of the policies implemented by the Young Turks , such as a tax rise and the interdiction of ethnic-based political parties, discontented minorities. Albanians opposed the nationalist character of the movement and led local uprisings in 1910 and 1912. During the latter they managed to seize most of Kosovo
Kosovo
and took Skopje on 11 August. On 18 August, the insurgents signed the Üsküb agreement which provided for the creation of an autonomous Albanian province and they were amnestied the day later.

FROM THE BALKAN WARS TO PRESENT DAY

Peter I of Serbia
Serbia
visiting Skopje
Skopje
in 1914

Following an alliance contracted in 1912, Bulgaria
Bulgaria
, Greece
Greece
and Serbia
Serbia
declared war on the Ottoman Turkish Empire . Their goal was to definitely expel Turks from Europe. The First Balkan War started on 8 October 1912 and lasted six weeks. Serbians reached Skopje
Skopje
on 26 October. The Turkish forces had left the city the day before. The Serbian annexation led to the exodus of many Turks: 725 Turkish families left the city on 27 January 1913. The same year, the city population was evaluated at 37,000 by the Serbian authorities.

In 1915, during the First World War , Serbian Macedonia was invaded by Bulgaria, which captured Skopje
Skopje
on 22 October 1915 . Serbia, allied to the Triple Entente
Triple Entente
, was helped by France
France
, Britain , Greece
Greece
, and Italy
Italy
, which formed the Macedonian Front . Following a great Allied offensive in 1918, the Armée française d\'Orient reached Skopje
Skopje
29 September and took the city by surprise. After the end of the World War, Macedonia became part of the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes , which became "Kingdom of Yugoslavia" in 1929. A mostly foreign ethnic Serb ruling class gained control, imposing a repression unknown under the previous Turkish rulers. The policies of de-Bulgarisation and assimilation were pursued. At that time part of the young locals, repressed by the Serbs, tried to find a separate way of ethnic Macedonian development. In 1931, in a move to formally decentralize the country, Skopje
Skopje
was named the capital of the Vardar Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia . Until the Second World War
Second World War
, Skopje
Skopje
experienced strong economic growth, and its population increased. The city had 41,066 inhabitants in 1921, 64,807 in 1931, and 80,000 in 1941. Although located in an underdeveloped region, it attracted wealthy Serbs
Serbs
who opened businesses and contributed to the modernisation of the city. In 1941, Skopje
Skopje
had 45 factories, half of the industry in the whole of Macedonia. The national theatre and the fortress around 1920.

In 1941, during the Second World War, Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
was invaded by Nazi Germany
Germany
. Germans seized Skopje
Skopje
8 April and left it to their Bulgarian allies on 22 April 1941. To ensure bulgarisation of the society, authorities closed Serbian schools and churches and opened new schools and a higher education institute, the King Boris University. The 4,000 Jews of Skopje
Skopje
were all deported in 1943 to Treblinka
Treblinka
where almost all of them died. Local Partisan detachments started a widespread guerrilla after the proclamation of the "Popular Republic of Macedonia" by the ASNOM on 2 August 1944. Skopje
Skopje
was liberated on 13 November 1944 by Yugoslav Partisan units of the Macedonian National Liberation Army , together with units of the newly allied Bulgarian People\'s Army ( Bulgaria
Bulgaria
having switched sides in the war in September ). American soldiers in Skopje
Skopje
after the 1963 earthquake.

After World War II
World War II
, Skopje
Skopje
greatly benefited from Socialist Yugoslav policies which encouraged industry and the development of Macedonian cultural institutions. Consequently, Skopje
Skopje
became home to a national library, a national philharmonic orchestra, a university and the Macedonian Academy. However, its post-war development was altered by the 1963 earthquake which occurred 26 July. Although relatively weak in magnitude, it caused enormous damage in the city and can be compared to the 1960 Agadir earthquake . The disaster killed 1,070 people, injuring 3,300 others. 16,000 people were buried alive in ruins and 70% of the population lost their home. Many educational facilities, factories and historical buildings were destroyed.

After the earthquake, reconstruction was quick. It had a deep psychological impact on the population because neighbourhoods were split and people were relocated to new houses and buildings they were not familiar with. Reconstruction was finished by 1980, even if many elements were never built because funds were exhausted. Skopje cityscape was drastically changed and the city became a true example of modernist architecture . Demographic growth was very important after 1963, and Skopje
Skopje
had 408,100 inhabitants in 1981. However, during the 1980s and the 1990s, the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
experienced inflation and recession and the local economy heavily suffered. The situation became better during the 2000s thanks to new investments. Many landmarks were restored and the " Skopje 2014
Skopje 2014
" project renewed the appearance of the city centre.

EMBLEMS

The coat of arms of Skopje. Main articles: Flag of Skopje and Coat of arms of Skopje
Coat of arms of Skopje

The Flag of Skopje is a red banner in proportions 1:2 with a gold-coloured coat of arms of the city positioned in the upper-left corner. It is either vertical or horizontal, but the vertical version was the first to be used.

The coat of arms of the city was adopted in the 1950s. It depicts the Stone Bridge with the Vardar
Vardar
river, the Kale Fortress and the snow-capped peaks of the Šar mountains .

ADMINISTRATION

STATUS

Greater Skopje among the municipalities of the Republic of Macedonia .

Being the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
, Skopje
Skopje
enjoys a particular status granted by law. The last revision of its status was made in 2004. Since then, the City of Skopje
Skopje
has been divided into 10 municipalities which all have a council and a mayor, like all the municipalities of the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
. Municipalities only deal with matters specific of their territory, and the City of Skopje
Skopje
deals with matters that concern all of them, or that cannot be divided between two or more municipalities.

The City of Skopje
Skopje
is part of Skopje Statistical Region , which has no political or administrative power.

CITY COUNCIL

The City Council consists of 45 members who serve a four-year term. It primarily deals with budget, global orientations and relations between the City and the government. Several commissions exist to treat more specific topics, such as urbanism, finances, environment of local development.

The President of the Council is elected by the Council Members. Since 2009 the president has been Irena Miševa, member of the VMRO-DPMNE .

Following the 2013 local elections, the City Council is constituted as follows:

PARTY / LIST SEATS PERCENTAGE

VMRO-DPMNE and allies 22 49%

SDSM and allies 14 31%

DUI 5 11%

DPA 3 7%

DOM 1 2%

TOTAL 45

MAYOR

Koce Trajanovski, Mayor of Skopje
Skopje
since 2009.

The Mayor of Skopje
Skopje
is elected every four years. The current mayor has been Koce Trajanovski since 2009. A former deputy and mayor of Gazi Baba municipality, he is a member of the VMRO-DPMNE .

The mayor represents the City of Skopje
Skopje
and he can submit ideas to the Council. He manages the administrative bodies and their officials.

MUNICIPALITIES

Skopje
Skopje
was first divided into administrative units in 1945, but the first municipalities were created in 1976. They were five: Centar , Čair , Karpoš , Gazi Baba and Kisela Voda . After the independence of the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
, power was centralised and municipalities lost much of their competences. A 1996 law restored them and created two new municipalities: Gjorče Petrov and Šuto Orizari . After the insurgency between Albanian rebels and Macedonian forces in 2001, a new law was enacted in 2004 to incorporate Saraj municipality into the City of Skopje. Saraj is mostly populated by Albanians and, since then, Albanians represent more than 20% of the city population. Thus Albanian became the second official language of the city administration, something which was one of the claims of the Albanian rebels. The same year, Aerodrom Municipality separated itself from Kisela Voda, and Butel municipality from Čair.

Municipalities are administered by a council of 23 members elected every four years. They also have a mayor and several departments (education, culture, finances...). The mayor primarily deals with these departments.

NAME Size (km2 ) POPULATION 2002 POPULATION EST. 2015

Aerodrom 20 72,009 135,634

Butel 54.79 36,144 39,932

Centar 7.52 45,412 52,744

Čair 3.52 64,773 78,481

Gazi Baba 110.86 72,617 82,893

Gjorče Petrov 66.93 41,634 43,915

Karpoš 35.21 59,666 74,363

Kisela Voda 34.24 57,236 64,805

Saraj 229.06 35,408 42,884

Šuto Orizari 7.48 22,017 35,228

CITY OF SKOPJE 571.46 city: 506,926

metro: 620,395 city: 650,879

metro: 811,045

* Centar (Центар) * Gazi Baba (Гази Баба) * Aerodrom (Аеродром) * Čair (Чаир) * Kisela Voda (Кисела Вода) * Butel (Бутел) * Šuto Orizari (Шуто Оризари) * Karpoš (Карпош) * Gjorče Petrov (Ѓорче Петров) * Saraj (Сарај)

ECONOMY

ECONOMIC WEIGHT

The small business district.

Skopje
Skopje
is a medium city at European level. Being the capital and largest city in the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
, Skopje
Skopje
concentrates a large share of the national economy. The Skopje Statistical Region , which encompasses the City of Skopje
Skopje
and some neighbouring municipalities, produces 45,5% of the Macedonian GDP . In 2009, the regional GDP per capita amounted to USD 6,565, or 155% of the Macedonian GDP per capita. This figure is however smaller than the one of Sofia
Sofia
(USD 10,106), Sarajevo
Sarajevo
(USD 10,048) or Belgrade
Belgrade
(USD 7,983), but higher than the one of Tirana
Tirana
(USD 4,126).

Because there are no other large cities in the Republic of Macedonia , and because of political and economical centralisation, a large number of Macedonians living outside of Skopje
Skopje
work in the capital city. The dynamism of the city also encourages rural exodus , not only from Macedonia, but also from Kosovo
Kosovo
, Albania
Albania
and Southern Serbia
Serbia
.

FIRMS AND ACTIVITIES

The Imperial Tobacco plant.

In 2009, Skopje
Skopje
had 26,056 firms but only 145 of them had a large size. The large majority of them are either small (12,017) or very small (13,625). A large share of the firms deal with trade of goods (9,758), 3,839 are specialised in business and real estate, and 2,849 are manufacturers. Although few in number, large firms account for 51% of the local production outside finance.

The city industry is dominated by food processing, textile, printing and metal processing. In 2012, it accounted for 30% of the city GDP. Most of the industrial areas are located in Gazi Baba municipality , on the major routes and rail lines to Belgrade
Belgrade
and Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
. Notably, the ArcelorMittal
ArcelorMittal
and Makstil steel plants are located there, and also the Skopje
Skopje
Brewery. Other zones are located between Aerodrom and Kisela Voda, along the railway to Greece
Greece
. These zones comprise Alkaloid Skopje
Skopje
(pharmaceuticals), Rade Končar (electrical supplies), Imperial Tobacco , and Ohis (fertilisers). Two special economic zones also exist, around the airport and the Okta refinery. They have attracted several foreign companies, such as Johnson Controls , Johnson Matthey and Van Hool . The Zelen Pazar ("green market")

As the financial capital of the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
, Skopje
Skopje
is the seat of the Macedonian Stock Exchange , of the National Bank and of most of the Macedonian banking, insurance and telecommunication companies, such as Makedonski Telekom , Komercijalna banka Skopje and Stopanska Banka . The services sector produces 60% of the city GDP.

Besides many small traditional shops, Skopje
Skopje
has two large markets, the "Zelen Pazar" (green market) and the "Bit Pazar" (flea market). They are both considered as local institutions. However, since the 1970s, retailing has largely been modernised and Skopje
Skopje
now has many supermarkets and shopping malls. The largest, Skopje
Skopje
City Mall, opened in 2012. It comprises a Carrefour
Carrefour
hypermarket, 130 shops and a cinema, and employs 2,000 people.

EMPLOYMENT

Mall in Skopje
Skopje

51% of Skopje
Skopje
active population is employed in small firms. 52% of the population work in the services sector, 34% in industry, and the remaining is mainly employed in administration.

The unemployment rate for the Skopje Statistical Region was at 14.9% in 2016, eight points under the national rate (22.9%). The neighbouring Polog Region had a similar rate, but the less affected region was the South-West , with 12%. Unemployment in Skopje
Skopje
mainly concern men, who represent 56% of job-seekers, people between 25 and 44 years old (45% of job-seekers), and non-qualified people (43%). Unemployment also concerns Roma people , who represent 4.63% of the city population. Unemployment concerns 70% of the active population in the community.

The average net monthly wage in Skopje
Skopje
was at €400 in October 2010, which represented 120% of the national figure. The average wage in Skopje
Skopje
was then lower than in Sarajevo
Sarajevo
(€522) Sofia
Sofia
(€436) and in Belgrade
Belgrade
(€440).

POPULATION

HISTORICAL POPULATION

YEAR POP. ±% P.A.

1921 41,000 —

1931 68,880 +5.32%

1948 88,355 +1.48%

1953 120,130 +6.34%

1961 166,870 +4.19%

1971 314,552 +6.54%

1981 448,200 +3.60%

1991 444,760 −0.08%

2002 506,926 +1.20%

Source:

DEMOGRAPHY

People on Macedonia street, the main pedestrian axis of the city.

The City of Skopje
Skopje
had 506,926 inhabitants within its administrative limits in 2002, while the urban unit itself had 378,243 inhabitants. A 2006 estimation gave 668,518 inhabitants to the City in its administrative limits. Skopje's employment area covers a large part of the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
, including Veles , Kumanovo
Kumanovo
and Tetovo , and totaling more than one million inhabitants.

Skopje
Skopje
concentrates a third of Macedonia's population and other Macedonian towns are much smaller. The second most populous municipality, Kumanovo
Kumanovo
, had 107,632 inhabitants in 2011, and an urban unit of 76,272 inhabitants in 2002.

Before the Austro-Turkish war and the 1698 Great Fire , Skopje
Skopje
was one of the biggest cities in the Balkans
Balkans
, with a population estimated between 30,000 and 60,000 inhabitants. After the fire, it experienced a long period of decline and only had 10,000 inhabitants in 1836. However, the population started to rise again after 1850 and reached 32,000 inhabitants in 1905. In the 20th century, Skopje
Skopje
was one of the fastest growing cities in Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
and it has 448,200 inhabitants in 1971. Since then, the demographic growth has continued at a steady pace.

ETHNIC GROUPS

Ethnic composition in % (2002) GROUP SKOPJE MACEDONIA

Macedonians 66.7 64.1

Albanians 20.4 25.1

Romani 4.6 2.6

Serbs
Serbs
2.8 1.7

Turks 1.7 3.8

Bosniaks 1.5 0.8

Aromanians 0.5 0.4

Others 1,6 1

Total 100 100

Skopje, as the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
as a whole, is characterised by a large ethnic diversity. The city is located in a region where Ethnic Albanians and Macedonians meet, and it welcomed Romani, Turks, Jews and Serbs
Serbs
throughout its history. Skopje
Skopje
was mainly a Muslim city until the 19th century, when large number of Christians started to settle there. According to the 2002 census, Macedonians were the largest ethnic group in Skopje, with 338,358 inhabitants, or 66.75% of the population. Then came Albanians with 103,891 inhabitants (20.49%), Roma people with 23,475 (4.63%), Serbs
Serbs
(14,298 inhabitants), Turks (8,595), Bosniaks (7,585) and Vlachs (2,557). 8,167 people did not belong to any of these groups.

Ethnic Macedonians form an overwhelming majority of the population in the municipalities of Aerodrom , Centar , Gjorče Petrov , Karpoš and Kisela Voda , which are all located south of the Vardar
Vardar
. They also form a majority in Butel and Gazi Baba which are north of the river. Albanians form a majority in Čair which roughly corresponds to the Old Bazaar , and in Saraj . They form a large minority in Butel and Gazi Baba. Šuto Orizari , located on the northern edge of the city, is predominantly Roma.

When an ethnic minority forms at least 20% of the population in a municipality, its language can become official on the local level. Thus, in Čair and Saraj schools and administration use Albanian, and Romani in Šuto Orizari. The latter is the only municipality in the world where Romani is an official language.

Relations between the two largest groups, Macedonians and Albanians, are sometimes difficult, as in the rest of the country. Each group tolerate the other but they tend to avoid each other and live in what can appear as two parallel worlds. The Roma minority is on its side very deprived. Its exact size is not known because many Macedonian Roma declare themselves as belonging to other ethnic groups or simply avoid censuses. However, even if official figures are underestimated, Skopje
Skopje
is the city in the world with the largest Roma population.

RELIGION

The church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary.

Religious affiliation is diverse: Macedonians, Serbs
Serbs
and Vlachs are often Orthodox, while Albanians, Turks and Roma (Gypsies) are often Muslim, although there exists an almost equal amount of Christian Romani. Skopje
Skopje
also has a Catholic
Catholic
Albanian minority, to which belonged Mother Teresa .

According to the 2002 census, 68.5% of the population of Skopje belonged to the Eastern Orthodox Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
, while 28.6% of it belonged to Islam
Islam
. The city also had a Catholic
Catholic
(0.5%) and Protestant (0.04%) minorities. The Catholics are served by the Latin bishopric of Skopje , in which is also vested the Byzantine Catholic
Catholic
Apostolic Exarchate of Macedonia .

Until World War II
World War II
, Skopje
Skopje
had a significant Jewish minority which mainly descended from Spanish Sephardis who had escaped the Inquisition
Inquisition
. The community comprised 2,424 members in 1939 and most of them were deported and killed by Nazis . After the war, most of the survivors settled in Israel
Israel
.

Because of its Ottoman past, Skopje
Skopje
has more mosques than churches . Religious communities often complain about the lack of infrastructure and new places of worship are often built. Skopje
Skopje
is the seat of many Macedonian religious organisations, such as the Macedonian Orthodox Church and the Islamic Religious Union of Macedonia. It has an Orthodox cathedral and seminary, several madrasahs , a Roman Catholic cathedral and a synagogue .

HEALTH

Skopje
Skopje
has several public and private hospitals and specialised medical institutions, such as a psychiatric hospital, two obstetric hospitals, a gerontology hospital and institutes for respiratory and ocular diseases. In 2012, Skopje
Skopje
had a ratio of one physician per 251.6 inhabitants, a figure higher than the national ratio (one per 370.9). The ratio of medical specialists was also higher than in the rest of the country. However, the ratio of hospital beds, pharmacists and dentists was lower in Skopje. The population in Skopje
Skopje
enjoys better health standards than other Macedonians. In 2010, the mortality rate was at 8.6‰ in Skopje
Skopje
and 9.3‰ on the national level. The infant mortality rate was at 6.8‰ in Skopje
Skopje
and 7.6‰ in Macedonia.

EDUCATION

St Clement of Ohrid National and University Library .

Skopje's citizenry is generally more educated than the rest of the country. For one, 16% of Skopjans graduated university in contrast to 10% for the rest of the country. The amount of people with a complete lack of education or ones who received a partial education is lower in Skopje
Skopje
at 9% compared to the provincial average of 17%. 80% of Macedonian citizens who hold a PhD take up residence in Skopje.

Skopje
Skopje
has 21 secondary schools; 5 of which serve as general high-school gymnasiums and 16 vocational schools. The city is also host to several higher education institutions, the most notable of which is Ss. Cyril and Methodius University , founded in 1949. The university has 23 departments, 10 research institutes and is attended by an average of 50,000 students. After the declaration of independence for the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
in 1991, several private universities were brought to existence. The largest private universities in Skopje
Skopje
are currently European University with 7 departments and FON University with 9 departments respectively.

MEDIA

The Macedonian Radio-Television headquarters .

Skopje
Skopje
is the largest media center in Macedonia. Of the 818 newspapers surveyed in 2000 by the Ministry of Information, over 600 had their headquarters in Skopje. The daily Dnevnik , founded in 1996, with 60 000 runs per day is the most printed in the country. Also based in Skopje, Večer is pulled 50,000 copies and the state owns one third of its capital, as well as Nova Makedonija , reprinted 20,000 copies. Other major newspapers in Skopje, totally private, are Utrinski Vesnik (30,000 copies), Vest (25,000 copies) and Vreme (15,000 copies). Magazines Fokus (12,000 copies), Start (10,000 copies), and Denes (7,500 copies) also have their headquarters in Skopje.

The city is home of the studios of Macedonian Radio-Television (MRT) , the country's public radio and television. Founded in 1966, it operate withs three national broadcast channels, twenty-four hours at day. The most popular private television stations are Sitel . Kanal 5 , Telma, Alfa TV and AlsatM are another major private television companies. MRT also operates radio stations with national coverage, the private station Skopje's Kanal 77 is the only one to have such a span. Radio Antenna 5 and Metropolis are two other major private stations that have their headquarters in Skopje.

Also, the city boasts big news agencies in the country, both public, as the Macedonian Information Agency , and private, such as the Makfax .

SPORTS

Main article: Sports in Skopje The Philip II Arena .

As the capital and largest city of Macedonia, Skopje
Skopje
has many major sporting facilities. The city has three large swimming pools, two of which feature Olympic pools. These pools are particularly relevant to coaching water polo teams. Skopje
Skopje
also boasts many football stadiums, like Ilinden in Čair and Železarnica, which can accommodate between 4,000 and 4,500 spectators. The basketball court Kale can accommodate 5 000 people and the court of Jane Sandanski, 4000 people.

Тhe largest stadium remains the Philip II Arena . The stadium, built in 1947 and named until 2008, City Stadium Skopje
Skopje
experienced a total renovation, begun in 2009 to meet the standards of FIFA. Fully renovated the stadium contains 32,580 seats, and a health spa and fitness. The Boris Trajkovski Sports Center
Boris Trajkovski Sports Center
is the largest sports complex in the country. It was opened in 2008 and named after president Boris Trajkovski , who died in 2004. It includes room dedicated to handball, basketball and volleyball, a bowling alley, a fitness area and an ice hockey court. Its main hall, which regularly hosts concerts, holds around 10,000 people.

FK Vardar
Vardar
and FK Rabotnički are the two most popular football teams, playing in the first national league. Their workouts are held at Philip Arena II, like those of the national team. The city is also home to many smaller football clubs, such as: FK Makedonija Gjorče Petrov , FK Gorno Lisiče , FK Lokomotiva Skopje , FK Metalurg Skopje , FK Madžari Solidarnost
FK Madžari Solidarnost
and FK Skopje , who play in first, second or third national league. Another popular sport in Macedonia is basketball, represented in particular by the teams Rabotnički and MZT Skopje
Skopje
. Handball is illustrated by RK Vardar
Vardar
PRO and RK Metalurg Skopje
Skopje
, also the women's team ŽRK Metalurg and ŽRK Vardar
Vardar
. The city co-hosted the 2008 European Women\'s Handball Championship together with Ohrid . and will host the 2017 UEFA Super Cup , the match between the two giants of the European football Real Madrid
Real Madrid
and Manchester United

TRANSPORT

MAIN CONNECTIONS

Skopje
Skopje
bypass.

Skopje
Skopje
is located near three other capital cities, Prishtina
Prishtina
(87 kilometres (54 miles) away), Tirana
Tirana
(291 km) and Sofia
Sofia
(245 km). Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
is 233 kilometres (145 miles) south and Belgrade
Belgrade
is 433 kilometres (269 miles) north. Skopje
Skopje
is also at the crossroad of two Pan-European corridors : Corridor X , which runs between Austria
Austria
and Greece
Greece
, and Corridor VIII , which runs from the Adriatic in Albania to the Black sea
Black sea
in Bulgaria
Bulgaria
. Corridor X links Skopje
Skopje
to Thessaloniki, Belgrade
Belgrade
and Western Europe, while Corridor VIII links it with Tirana
Tirana
and Sofia.

Corridor X locally corresponds to the M-1 motorway (E75 ), which is the longest Macedonian highway. It also corresponds to the Tabanovce - Gevgelija railway. Corridor VIII, less developed, corresponds to the M-4 motorway and the Kičevo
Kičevo
-Beljakovce railway. Skopje
Skopje
is not quite on the Corridor X and the M-1 does not pass on the city territory. Thus the junction between the M-1 and M-4 is located some 20 kilometres (12 miles) east, close to the airport. Although Skopje
Skopje
is geographically close to other major cities, movement of people and goods is not optimised, especially with Albania
Albania
. This is mainly due to poor infrastructure. As a result, 61.8% of Skopjans have never been to Tirana
Tirana
, while only 6.7% have never been to Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
and 0% to Sofia
Sofia
. Furthermore, 26% of Thessalonians, 33% of Sofians and 37% of Tiranans have never been to Skopje.

Corridor VIII is currently under construction. When finished, it will link Macedonia's capital city with Sofia, Bulgaria
Bulgaria
and the Black Sea in the East and Tirana, Albania
Albania
and the Adriatic Sea in the West. The corridor includes both motorway and rail transportation.

Additionally, construction is expected to begin soon on a 4-lane motor-way connecting Skopje
Skopje
to Prishtina
Prishtina
, the capital of Kosovo
Kosovo
.

RAIL AND COACH STATIONS

Main railway station as seen from Mount Vodno .

The main railway station in Skopje
Skopje
is serviced by the Belgrade - Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
and Skopje- Prishtina
Prishtina
international lines. After the completion of the Corridor VIII railway scheduled for 2022, the city will also be linked to Tirana
Tirana
and Sofia
Sofia
. Daily trains also link Skopje
Skopje
with other Macedonian towns, such as Kumanovo
Kumanovo
, Kičevo
Kičevo
, Štip , Bitola or Veles .

Skopje
Skopje
has several minor railway stations but the city does not have its own railway network and they are only serviced by intercity or international lines. On the railway linking the main station to Belgrade
Belgrade
and Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
are Dračevo and Dolno Lisiče stations, and on the railway to Kičevo
Kičevo
are Skopje-North, Gjorče Petrov and Saraj stations. Several other stations are freight-only.

Skopje
Skopje
coach station opened in 2005 and is built right under the main railway station. It can host 450 coaches in a day. Coach connections to and from Skopje
Skopje
are much more efficient and diverse than train connections. Indeed, it is regularly linked to many Macedonian localities and foreign cities including Istanbul
Istanbul
, Sofia
Sofia
, Prague
Prague
, Hamburg
Hamburg
and Stockholm
Stockholm
.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

A red double-decker bus in Skopje.

Skopje
Skopje
has a bus network managed by the city and operated by three companies. The oldest and largest is JSP Skopje, a public company founded in 1948. JSP lost its monopoly on public transport in 1990 and two new companies, Sloboda Prevoz and Mak Ekspres, obtained several lines. However, most of the network is still in the hands of JSP which operates 67 lines on 80. Only 24 lines are urban, the others serving localities around the city. Many of the JSP buses are (by Chinese buse builder Yutong ) red double-decker buses designed to look like the British-made buses that were in use in the 1950s and 1960s.

A tram network has long been planned in Skopje
Skopje
and the idea was first proposed in the 1980s. The project became real in 2006 when the mayor Trifun Kostovski asked for feasibility studies. His successor Koce Trajanovski launched a call for tenders in 2010 and the first line is scheduled for 2019.

A new network for small buses started to operate in June 2014, not to replace but to decrease the number of big buses in the city centre.

AIRPORT

The airport

Skopje
Skopje
has an international airport, Skopje
Skopje
"Alexander the Great" Airport . It is located in Petrovec , some 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of the city. Since 2008, it has been managed by the Turkish TAV Airports Holding and it can accommodate up to four million passengers per year. The annual traffic has constantly risen since 2008, reaching one million passengers in 2014.

Skopje
Skopje
airport has connections to several European cities, including Vienna
Vienna
, Zürich
Zürich
, Brussels
Brussels
, Istanbul
Istanbul
, London
London
and Rome
Rome
. It also maintains a direct connection with Dubai
Dubai
.

CULTURE

CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

Macedonian Opera and Ballet.

Being the capital of the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
, Skopje
Skopje
is home to the largest cultural institutions of the country, such as the National and University Library "St. Kliment of Ohrid" , the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts , the National Theatre, the National Philarmonic Orchestra and the Macedonian Opera and Ballet. Among the local institutions are the Brothers Miladinov Library which has more than a million documents, the Cultural Information Centre which manages festivals, exhibitions and concerts, and the House of Culture Kočo Racin which is dedicated to contemporary art and young talents.

Skopje
Skopje
has also several foreign cultural centres, such as a Goethe-Institut , a British Council , an Alliance française
Alliance française
, an American Corner .

The city has several theatres and concert halls. The Univerzalna Sala, seating 1,570, was built in 1966 and is used for concerts, fashion shows and congresses. The Metropolis Arena, designed for large concerts, has 3,546 seats. Other large halls include the Macedonian Opera and Ballet (800 seats), the National Theatre (724), and the Drama Theatre (333). Other smaller venues exist, such as the Albanian Theatre and the Youth Theatre. A Turkish Theatre and a Philharmonic hall are under construction.

MUSEUMS

Museum of the Macedonian Struggle .

The largest museum in Skopje
Skopje
is the Museum of Macedonia which details the history of the country. Its icons and lapidary collections are particularly rich. The Macedonian Archeological Museum, opened in 2014, keeps some of the best archeological finds in Macedonia, dating from Prehistory
Prehistory
to the Ottoman period. The National Gallery of Macedonia exhibits paintings dating from the 14th to the 20th century in two former Turkish baths of the Old Bazaar . The Contemporary Art Museum of Macedonia was built after the 1963 earthquake thanks to international assistance. Its collections include Macedonian and foreign art, with works by Fernand Léger , André Masson
André Masson
, Pablo Picasso , Hans Hartung , Victor Vasarely , Alexander Calder , Pierre Soulages , Alberto Burri and Christo .

The Skopje City Museum is located inside the remains of the old train station, destroyed by the 1963 earthquake. It is dedicated to the local history and it has four departments: archeology, ethnology, history and art history. The Memorial House of Mother Teresa was built in 2009 on the site where stood the church were the Saint was baptised. The Museum of the Macedonian Struggle is dedicated to the modern national history and the struggle of Macedonians for their independence. Nearby is the Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia . The Macedonian Museum of Natural History showcases some 4,000 items while the 12-ha Skopje Zoo is home to 300 animals.

ARCHITECTURE

Ruins of Roman Scupi .

Although Skopje
Skopje
has been destroyed many times through its history, it still has many historical landmarks which reflect the successive occupations of the city. Skopje
Skopje
has one of the biggest Ottoman urban complexes in Europe, with many Ottoman monuments still serving their original purpose. It was also a ground for modernist experiments in the 20th century, following the 1963 earthquake. In the beginning of the 21st century, it is again the subject of massive building campaigns, thanks to the " Skopje 2014
Skopje 2014
" project. Skopje
Skopje
is thus an environment where old, new, progressist, reactionary, eastern and western perspectives coexist. Skopje Aqueduct .

Skopje
Skopje
has some remains of Prehistorical architecture which can be seen on the Tumba Madžari Neolithic
Neolithic
site. On the other side of the city lie the remains of the ancient Scupi , with ruins of a theatre, thermae and a basilica. The Skopje Aqueduct , located between Scupi and the city centre, is rather mysterious because its date of construction is unknown. It seems to have been built by the Byzantines or the Turks, but it was already out of use in the 16th century. It consists of 50 arches, worked in cloisonné masonry. Church of St. Panteleimon .

Skopje Fortress was rebuilt several times before it was destroyed by the 1963 earthquake. Since then, it has been restored to its medieval appearance. It is the only medieval monument in Skopje, but several churches located around the city illustrate the Vardar
Vardar
architectural school which flourished around 1300. Among these churches are the ones around Matka Canyon
Matka Canyon
(St Nicholas, St Andrew and Matka churches). The church of St. Panteleimon in Gorno Nerezi dates from the 12th century. Its expressive frescoes anticipate the Italian primitives . Aladža Mosque
Mosque
and its türbe.

Examples of Ottoman Turkish architecture are located in the Old Bazaar . Mosques in Skopje
Skopje
are usually simple in design, with a square base and a single dome and minaret . There entrance is usually emphasised by a portico, as on Mustafa Pasha Mosque , dating from the 15th century. Some mosques show some originality in their appearance: Sultan Murad and Yahya Pasha mosques have lost their dome and have a pyramidal roof, while Isa Bey mosque has a rectangular base, two domes and two side wings. The Aladža Mosque
Mosque
was originally covered with blue faience, but it disappeared in the 1689 Great Fire. However, some tiles are still visible on the adjoining türbe . Other Turkish public monuments include the 16th-century clock tower, a bedesten , three caravanserais , two Turkish baths and the Stone Bridge , first mentioned in 1469.

The oldest churches in the city centre, the Ascension and St Dimitri churches, were built in the 18th century, after the 1689 Great Fire. They were both renovated in the 19th century. The Church of the Ascension is particularly small it is half-buried in order not to overlook neighbouring mosques. In the 19th century, several new churches were built, including the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, which is a large three-nave building designed by Andrey Damyanov . Main post office and the Communication Centre.

After 1912, when Skopje
Skopje
was annexed by Serbia, the city was drastically westernised. Wealthy Serbs
Serbs
built mansions and town houses such as the 1926 Ristiḱ Palace . Architecture of that time is very similar to the one of Central Europe
Europe
, but some buildings are more creative, such as the Neo-Moorish Arab House and the Neo-Byzantine train station, both built in 1938. Modernism appeared as early as 1933 with the former Ethnographic Museum (today the City Gallery), designed by Milan Zloković . However, modernist architecture only fully developed in Skopje
Skopje
after the 1963 earthquake. The reconstruction of city centre was partially planned by Japanese Kenzo Tange who designed the new train station. Macedonian architects also took part to the reconstruction: Georgi Konstantinovski designed the City Archives building in 1968 and the Hall of residence Goce Delčev in 1975, while Janko Konstantinov designed the Telecommunication Centre and the main post office (1974–1989). Slavko Brezovski designed the Church of St. Clement of Ohrid . These two buildings are noted for their originality although they are directly inspired by brutalism . Archeological Museum of Macedonia.

The reconstruction turned Skopje
Skopje
into a proper modernist city, with large blocks of flats, austere concrete buildings and scattered green spaces. The city centre was considered as a grey and unattractive place when local authorities unveiled the " Skopje 2014
Skopje 2014
" project in 2010. It made plans to erect a large number of statues, fountains, bridges, and museums at a cost of about €500 million.

The project has generated controversy: critics have described the new landmark buildings as signs of reactionary historicist aesthetics. Also, the government has been criticised for its cost and for the original lack of representation of national minorities in the coverage of its set of statues and memorials. However, representations of minorities have since been included among the monuments. The scheme is accused of turning Skopje
Skopje
to a theme park , which is viewed as nationalistic kitsch, and has made Skopje
Skopje
an example to see how national identities are constructed and how this construction is mirrored in the urban space.

*

Fresco in the church of St. Panteleimon . *

Mustafa Pasha Mosque . *

Daut Pasha Turkish bath. *

The clock tower. *

The Arab House. *

Porta Macedonia.

FESTIVALS

The Skopje Jazz Festival has been held annually in October since 1981. It is part of the European Jazz Network and the European Forum of World Wide Festivals. The artists' profiles include fusion, acid jazz , Latin jazz , smooth jazz , and avant-garde jazz . Ray Charles , Tito Puente , Gotan Project , Al Di Meola , Youssou N\'Dour , among others, have performed at the festival. Another music festival in Skopje
Skopje
is the Blues and Soul Festival. It is a relatively new event in the Macedonian cultural scene that occurs every summer in early July. Past guests include Larry Coryell , Mick Taylor & the All-Stars Blues Band, Candy Dulfer "> Panorama of Skopje
Skopje
at night.

Skopje
Skopje
has a diverse nightlife. There is a large emphasis on casinos, many of which are associated with hotels, such as that of the Holiday Inn. Other casinos include Helios Metropol, Olympic, Bon Venon, and Sherry. Among young people the most popular destinations are bars, discos, and nightclubs which can be found in the center and the City Park. Among the most popular nightclubs are Midnight, Hard Rock, Maracana, B2, Havana and Colosseum where world-famous disc jockeys and idiosyncratic local performances are frequent. In 2010, the Colosseum club was named fifth on a list of the best clubs in Southeastern Europe. Armin van Buuren
Armin van Buuren
, Above and Beyond , The Shapeshifters are just some of the many musicians that have visited the club. Nighttime concerts in local, regional and global music are often held at the Philip II National Arena and Boris Trajkovski Sports Center
Boris Trajkovski Sports Center
. For middle-aged people, places for having fun are also the kafeanas where traditional Macedonian food is served and traditional Macedonian Music ( Starogradska muzika ) is played, but music from all the Balkans
Balkans
, particularly Serbian folk music is also popular. Apart from the traditional Macedonian restaurants, there are restaurants featuring international cuisines. Some of the most popular cafés in Skopje
Skopje
are Café Ei8ht, Café Trend, Drama Café, Lex Café and Blue Café. The Old Bazaar was a popular nightlife destination in the past. The national government has created a project to revive nightlife in the Old Bazaar. The closing time in shops, cafés and restaurants was extended due to the high attendances recorded. In the bazaar's restaurants, along with the traditional Macedonian wine and food, dishes of the Ottoman cuisine are also served.

PEOPLE FROM SKOPJE

Main article: List of people from Skopje

Notable people from Skopje
Skopje
include:

* Justinian I
Justinian I
, Byzantine Emperor
Byzantine Emperor
* Konstantin Tih , Bulgarian Tsar * Mother Teresa , Roman Catholic
Catholic
humanitarian (honorary citizen of Skopje
Skopje
27 June 1980) * Ljubiša Samardžić , actor and film director * Blagoje Vidinić , footballer and Olympic champion * Blagoja Georgievski , basketball player and Olympic silver medalist * Stojna Vangelovska , basketball player and Olympic silver medalist * Pero Antić
Pero Antić
, basketball and NBA player * Esma Redžepova , vocalist, songwriter, and humanitarian * Blagoje Vidinić , footballer and Olympic bronze medalist * Darko Pančev , former footballer, European Cup champion * Simon Trpčeski , pianist * Srgjan Kerim , former UN General Assembly president * Yahya Kemal Beyatlı , poet and diplomat

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Soravia City Center See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Macedonia

TWIN TOWNS – SISTER CITIES

Skopje
Skopje
is twinned with:

* Bradford
Bradford
, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, (since 1961) * Dijon
Dijon
, France
France
, (since 1961) * Tashkent
Tashkent
, Uzbekistan , (since 1963) * Dresden
Dresden
, Germany
Germany
, (since 1967) * Tempe , Arizona
Arizona
, U.S., (since 1971) * Roubaix
Roubaix
, France
France
, (since 1973) * Waremme , Belgium
Belgium
, (since 1974) * Nuremberg
Nuremberg
, Germany
Germany
, (since 1982) * Nanchang , China
China
, (since 1984) * Manisa , Turkey
Turkey
, (since 1985) * Suez , Egypt
Egypt
, (since 1985)

* Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
, U.S., (since 2002) * Angoulême
Angoulême
, France, (since 2002) * Istanbul
Istanbul
, Turkey
Turkey
, (since 2003) * Ljubljana
Ljubljana
, Slovenia
Slovenia
, (since 2007) * Podgorica
Podgorica
, Montenegro
Montenegro
, (since 2007) * Zaragoza
Zaragoza
, Spain (since 2008) * Zagreb , Croatia
Croatia
(since 2011) * Belgrade
Belgrade
, Serbia
Serbia
, (since 2012) * Sofia
Sofia
, Bulgaria
Bulgaria
, (since 2015) * Tirana
Tirana
, Albania
Albania
, (since 2016)

PARTNERSHIPS

* Ankara
Ankara
, Turkey
Turkey
, (since 1995) * Pula
Pula
, Croatia
Croatia
* Sarajevo
Sarajevo
, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
, (since 2007)

SEE ALSO

* Europe
Europe
portal * Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
portal

* History of Skopje * List of honorary citizens of Skopje * List of people from Skopje * Old Bazaar, Skopje * Sports in Skopje

NOTES

* ^ UK : /ˈskɒpji/ or /ˈskɒpjeɪ/ ; US : /ˈskɑːpji/ , /ˈskɑːpjeɪ/ , /ˈskɔːpji/ , /ˈskɔːpjeɪ/ , /ˈskoʊpji/ or /ˈskoʊpjeɪ/ . * ^ Officially known as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes until 1929 * ^ Known as Democratic Federal Yugoslavia until 1945

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FURTHER READING

* Ilká Thiessen (2007). Waiting for Macedonia: Identity in a Changing World. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781551117195 . * Ivan Tomovski (1978). Skopje
Skopje
between the past and the future. Macedonian Review Editions. * Jovan Šćekić (1963). This Was Skopje. Yugoslav Federal Secretariat for Information. * M. Tokarev (2006). 100 години модерна архитектура. Pridonesot na Makedonija i Jugoslavija. * Danilo Kocevski (2008). Чај од јужните мориња. Маgor. ISBN 9789989183447 . * D. Gjorgiev (1997). Скопје од турското освојување до крајот на XVIII vek. Institut za nacionalna istorija. * L. Kumbaracı-Bogoyeviç (2008). Üsküp’te osmanlı mimarî eserleri. ENKA.

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GREATER SKOPJE

Studeničani , Sopište Petrovec

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City of Skopje
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MUNICIPALITIES

* Aerodrom * Butel * Čair * Centar * Gazi Baba * Gjorče Petrov * Karpoš * Kisela Voda * Saraj * Šuto Orizari

GEOGRAPHY

* Matka Canyon
Matka Canyon
* Skopje statistical region * Skopska Crna Gora * Vardar
Vardar
River * Vodno Mountain

HISTORY Timeline of Skopje history

LANDMARKS

* Cerje * Čifte Hammam * Kale Fortress * Kapan Han * Kuršumli An * Macedonia Square * Millennium Cross
Millennium Cross
* Mustafa Pasha Mosque * Old Bazaar * Pella Square * Porta Macedonia * Ristiḱ Palace * Scupi * Skopje Aqueduct * Skopje Zoo * Stone Bridge * Suli Han * Sultan Murad Mosque
Mosque
* Tauresium * Tumba Madžari

CHURCHES

* Church of the Ascension of Jesus * Church of St Clement of Ohrid * Church of St Panteleimon * Marko\'s Monastery

MUSEUMS

* Museum of Macedonia * Museum of the Macedonian Struggle * National Gallery of Macedonia * Contemporary Art Museum of Macedonia * Skopje City Museum * Holocaust

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