Skopje Fortress

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Chokk Chokk
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Stunning site in Skopje Aug 19, 2010
The fortress has seen better days and probably a lot worse. Seen from any point almost in the city Kale Fortress with all its Macedonian flags boosting from every tower is the centre piece of Skopje. The area of it has probably been protected with some kind of fortification since at least 200 BC, but the oldest visible part today dates back to the 10th century enlargement of the fort by Tsar Samoil.


Not far from the Monastery of Sveti Spas and opposite Mustafa Pash Mosque you have the main entrance and a magnificent view over Skopje town and the newly built football stadium towards the river. Inside the fortress they have some work to do; while the surrounding area looks like a park the inside looks like a building site that had its better days. They are working on making it better but it is evident that this is a place that could need some help from someone to become an even better tourist attraction.

In 1660, Evliya Çelebi, a chronicler of the Ottoman Empire, wrote an in-depth account on the appearance of the fortress while traveling through countries occupied by the Ottoman Empire:

Front side of the fortress“ It is a fortified city, a very strong and sturdy fortress with double walls. The city gate and the walls are built from chipped stone that shines as if it were polished. One cannot see so much refinement and art in the construction of any other city. The city lies in the middle of Skopje. It is a tall city, of a shedadovska construction and five-sided shape. The walls, that surround the city from all sides, reach the height of around fifty arshini. The city is protected by seventy bastions and three demir gates on its southeast side, and there are many guards in the entrance hall. The door and walls of the entrance hall are decorated with different arms and tools needed for the arms.

There is no site or location that can dominate the city. It lies on tall rocks, so that one can see the whole plain.

The river Vardar flows on its western side. On the same side of the city, there is a road that leads through the caves towards the water tower located at the riverbank. Since there is an abyss at this side of the city, as scary as the depths of hell, there are no trenches, nor can there be one. On the east, southeast and north side of the city, there are deep trenches. On that side, in front of the gate, there is a wooden bridge that lies over the trench. The guards used to lift the bridge using a windlass, which provided for defence of the gate. Above the gate, there is an inscription, giving more information about the reparations of the gate that took place in the past. The inscription reads: The wise son of Mehmed-han in the year 1446.
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Chokk says:
You will have a great stay in Skopje - I was back a month ago and they have made great progress in rebuilding the square in center of town
Posted on: Oct 03, 2013
el_wray says:
Useful entry! I'm visiting Skopje next month, definitely read it again.
Posted on: Oct 03, 2013
Chokk says:
Ha-ha :D
Posted on: Aug 29, 2010
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