Why Do We Call Macedonia “The Mixture Of Europe”?

Macedonia is sort of a hidden gem in Europe. It is a small country, which doesn’t have any connection to a sea. Perhaps, large part of European citizens doesn’t know about this country except its name. Actually, it is worthy to pay attention to Macedonia, if you want to see all together in a short period of time. Why? Simply because this country copied the most notable European attractions, which belong to the other cities. Sounds interesting? Let’s start!

Porta Macedonia

Let’s start from the capital. Skopje has a lot of astonishing attractions, and the Triumphal Arch called Porta Macedonia is one of the most notable ones. What makes Skopje be so special? The Porta Macedonia was built for the 20th anniversary of independent Macedonia. It is located in the Pella Square in the center of the capital. The Arch preserves different scenes of Macedonian history on marble, such as battles and important decisions in the level of the country. Same as the Triumphal Arch in Paris, Porta Macedonia offers a tour to the top of it. Before using an elevator, you can visit a souvenir shop inside the arch. Porta Macedonia is a must-see attraction for those, who dreams about visiting France.

Porta Macedonia at night
Porta Macedonia at night

Red double deck buses

Red public bus
Red public bus

Are you wondering, how Skopje is similar to London? The answer is obvious - its public transportation. You can see red double deck buses all around Skopje. They are not exactly the same like in London, but look very similar. Pay 35 MKD and move around the capital. Most of them go to the center, so don’t hesitate to take a pleasurable ride on the second floor watching everything around. These red buses will definitely remind you England, even if you have never been there.

Monument to Alexander the Great

Equestrian monument of Alexander the Great
Equestrian monument of Alexander the Great

The Monument Alexander the Great, which is called “The Warrior on a Horse” is the central monument of Skopje. Alexander the Great is one of the most known world leaders, who were born in Macedonia. No wonder, this equestrian monument is the largest in the whole country. It’s impossible to avoid this monument walking around the central of the city. Basically, it’s a huge statue with the only altitude of 14,5 meters is surrounded by a fountain from all the sides.

If you are lucky enough or simply know the schedule, you will hear the fountain, while it’s playing some music. Could you guess, which country this monument is connected with? It’s difficult, so I will help you. So, this country is Italy, because the equestrian monument was built in Florence. Alike the arch Porta Macedonia the monument to Alexander the Great was commemorating the 20th anniversary of independence of Macedonia from mighty Yugoslavia.

Let’s say, this attraction is connected to Italy

Stone Bridge

Heading from the main square of Skopje with the Monument to Alexander the Great towards the old marketplace and Archaeological Museum you can cross the Stone Bridge. This bridge reminds the ancient times of Skopje. Actually, it’s very interesting! The Stone Bridge was founded by Justinian, the emperor of Byzantine Empire. It has been connecting two banks of the river Vardar with a comfortable walking area, because the bridge is absolutely pedestrian nowadays.

Stone Bridge and Archaeological Museum
Stone Bridge and Archaeological Museum

The bridge looks nice and eye-catching since it was renovated in 2000s. It’s a wonderful place at night, when it lightens with hundreds of small lamps. Nevertheless, the Stone Bridge remained its ancient name, and it makes it a historical attraction. The first version of the bridge was created fully of stones. It was a simple construction of the 6th century, which preserved its beauty through the length of the years. So, if you have a desire to touch the Byzantine spirit, cross the river in Skopje by the 13-arches long Stone Bridge.

Memorial House of Mother Teresa

Museum of Mother Teresa

It’s difficult to find a person on Earth, who has never heard about Mother Teresa. This brave and kind woman dedicated her life to people around the world, to the peaceful society and happiness. Aren’t these are the most important things in our lives? Memorial House of Mother Teresa is located in the capital of Macedonia, because she was born here. When it comes to connection to the other countries, this place may remind Albania, because this wise woman was Albanian. Don’t hesitate to visit the memorial house, if you are familiar with volunteering and would like to spread peace all over the world. Visit Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church together with the House of Mother Teresa, where this woman was baptized. Feel the Albanian spirit of hospitality and kindness in this house in Skopje.

Did the attractions make you amazed? I hope, at least a little bit. Keep in mind, it’s only a little part of sights in Skopje, which deserve you admission. Surely, you will be able to find much more interesting in Macedonia, which you will like to share with people around you.

Statue of Alexander the Great
Statue of Alexander the Great

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