History

Foreign Cemeteries from the Great War

The Balkans were a major theater of World War I, and fighting was especially intense in Macedonia, which was part of Serbia at the time. The Allies and the Central Powers sent tens of thousands of soldiers into the land, many of whom would never return home. Although they were too late to rescue the […]

Skopje’s Ancient Aqueduct

Just outside the city center, north of the Vardar River in a field which borders the barracks of the Macedonian army, is an ancient aqueduct. Its state of preservation is impressive, considering that it’s been neglected for centuries. This is the only aqueduct remaining in Macedonia, and one of only three in all of former […]

The Museum of the Macedonian Struggle

Located in a grand neoclassical building set along the banks of the Vardar River, the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle opened its doors on September 8th, 2011: the twentieth anniversary of the country’s independence from Yugoslavia. The Macedonian Struggle, as we learned during our guided tour through the museum, has been as much about establishing […]

The Kale: Skopje’s Medieval Fortress

Thought to have been built in the 6th century AD, Skopje’s fortress is its most famous symbol. The Kale (pronounced “kah-lay,” not like the vegetable) is located atop a hill on the northern side of the Vardar River, providing it a commanding view over the old town. Scholars believe that the fortress was constructed under […]

A Concise History of Macedonia

The history of Macedonia is a tricky topic, and probably impossible to handle in a concise manner. This is a land whose borders have been as amorphous as time itself, whose people comprise manifold ethnicities, and whose very name is a source of controversy. Outlining this country’s history isn’t going to be easy, but we’ll […]