Kamen Most (The Stone Bridge)
81 Schloßstraße, Skopje, Macedonia
Kamen Most (The Stone Bridge) Skopje Reviews
Connecting old and new Aug 19, 2010
The bridge Kamen Most that crosses the river is yet a Turkish building project dating back to the late 15th century. The 214 meter long bridge has been destroyed many times and latest during the conflict back in 2001. The part that still dates back to the original bridge is the bottom of the 13 arches while the surface of the bridge has been destroyed many times over the years.
The original bridge had stone pillar railings used by Ottoman rulers of Skopje to spike the heads of criminals and traitors. The bridge was used a public execution place and one that got spiked here was the leaders of an outlaw rebellion Karpos “King of Kumanovo” who was sentenced to death by impalement back in 1689. When you read about the history of this region it is striking how brutal it is.
The bridge is today a nice stroll between the two sides of town; the young and the old. The bridge that can only be crossed by foot reminded me of Mostar in Bosnia; not in the way it was constructed but more in the sense around the bridge. The Mostar Bridge is still to me something fantastic and far more impressive but I can still feel the history here while I have been crossing the Stone Bridge a couple of times.
Part of the More than a Balkan roadtrip August 2010 travel blog
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