Ottoman heritage tour of Skopje with Vasilka Dimitrovska, a professional archaeologist and professional tourist guide, director of HAEMUS and founder of HAEMUS Travel
Ottoman heritage tour of Skopje includes the following monuments: Sultan Murat mosque (with clock tower), Gazi Isa Bey Mosque, Ishak Beg (Aladza) Mosque, the old part of town (Kurshumli Inn, Bezisten, Suli Inn, Chifte Hammam, Kapan Inn, Daut Pasha Hammam, the кülliye of Skopje, Mustafa Pasha Mosque) as well as the Ottoman period of the Skopje Fortress.
The architectural heritage of the Ottoman Empire (1392-1912/13) left impressive monuments in Skopje, mostly visible in the old part of the city. These buildings suffered from the earthquake in 1555, the great fire from the Austrian general Piccolomini in 1689, as well as the fire in Skopje from 1910 and the disastrous earthquake in 1963. These monuments have been restored and rebuilt many times, and today, beside the status of monuments of culture, they have a new purpose in the cultural life of Macedonia.
Ottoman heritage of Skopje
Probably the most intriguing part of Skopje is the old part of the city known as the Old Bazaar. The old part of Skopje is a mixture of churches, mosques, inns, hammams, public fountains, and a lot of other structures that represent an architectural complex protected by the law as the cultural heritage since 2008. During the tour, there is an opportunity for lunch in the restaurants or enjoying a lot of authentic café bars situated within the Old Bazaar.
Our short movies about the Ottoman Heritage of Skopje
Departure: from the meeting point
Departure time: at request
Duration: 3-4 hours
Guide: Licensed tourist guide and certified heritage interpreter
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