Macedonia was one of the republics of the former Yugoslavia. This is a small country with a population of 2 million 100 thousand, trapped between Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece. There are some countries, even if you haven’t heard the name much, you’ll know it’s different when you step in there for the first time, and it starts to attract you. One of them is definitely Macedonia for me. The difference in this place was that we were actually similar to historical and cultural characteristics.
Why You Should Visit Macedonia
The country’s own name is almost impossible to reconcile with Greece. The country, recognised by the United Nations in 1993, is called FYROM because of Greece’s objection; So the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. When he declared independence as a state, Turkey became the first state to recognise. It seems difficult for the country to enter the European Union, as the heir to Alexander the Great, and the Greeks who think he has the right to use that name.
Located on both shores of the Vardar River, the capital of Macedonia, which is not beachfront, Skopje is called Skopje in the Macedonian language. With a population exceeding five hundred thousand, the capital holds one-fourth of the country. The city, which participated in the Ottoman lands in 1392, remained in Ottoman rule for more than 500 years. This is like a cross-section from Anatolia.
Located in the bazaar, Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Kursunlu Han, Sulu han, Davut Pasha Bath is the beginning of the places to be seen. It can also be added to Skopje’s citadel, which is established in the highest place in Skopje.
Skopje, one of the oldest cities and cultural centres in the Balkans, comes from the “Skupi”, which dates back to two thousand years ago and settled in the name of an Ilir tribe. It is not definitive, but was included in the Ottoman geography of Skopje in 1392 by Yildirim Bâyezid, 61 years before the conquest of Istanbul.
Yahya Kemal, Mehmet akif Ersoy, Hodja Tahsin, Albanian Abdi Pasha and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the grandfather right of the great personalities such as the Master, Skopje, the Ottomans preserved the position of the leading cultural centers in the region of Rumeli for many years.
The city’s landmark is the 13 arched stone bridges and the bridge of Macedonia’s Square, like the heart of the city. While the Albanian and Turkish minorities live in the city of the Stone Bridge, which is a unique architectural structure made in the period of Sultan Murad I., the Macedonians live on the other side.
Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Kursunlu Khan, Sulu Han, Davut Pasha Hammam is among the attractions of the city’s old bazaar. The list can also be added to the Skopje Castle, the sister terrace house (mother Teresa House) and the St. Kliment Church.
When you cross the bridge, you find yourself in Macedonia Square. A number of new statues planted here to reinforce the Macedonian identity, and a little exaggerated, are clouding the old texture of the city.
With a project called Skopje 2014, the Macedonian Government is being re-created as if the city is touristic. The bridges, pools and sculptures that appear to coincide with the texture of each side of the city are being interspersed with the city. The statue of Alexander the Great, made in Florence, Italy, is one of the 20 years of Macedonia’s establishment.
Ataturk City read: Bitola
I have met with Macedonia for the first time with a special Balkan tour, including the city of Thessaloniki, Greece, with a bus starting from Istanbul. The first place I stayed in Macedonia after the beautiful city of Thessaloniki in Greece was the small town of Bitola or the monastery as we know it.
The monastery, which stands out with its multicultural structure, is Macedonia’s second largest city. And don’t look at my biggest say, the city looks like a sizeable town with a hundred thousand of their impending population. The monastery is a very quiet, quaint and clean city, far from the turmoil brought by urbanization. Some of the streets have been in the Turkish series for a long time.
Monastery, Ottoman 3. Due to the fact that the army is also central, it is highly developed according to other Macedonian cities. This is also where Atatürk came to study military high school in 1896. After completing his education at the military bribery of Thessaloniki, Mustafa Kemal succeeded in entering the Imtihan of the monastery military execution. The first city he lived after Thessaloniki became a monastery.
The most beautiful city in the Balkans: Ohrid
Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, one of the cities I fell in love with in my visit to the country, which spans almost a month, was Ohrid. So much so that my 3-day Balkan tour ended in Skopje, and I went back to the beautiful city of Ohrid with a long journey.
The small, quaint, peaceful city of Ohrid, located on the edge of Lake Ohrid, is arguably the most popular place in Macedonia. About 3.5 hours from Skopje, the city of Macedonia is the pupil of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the south. I often heard your name before I stepped in here.
I’ve always liked the cities that can be walked. The streets of Ohrid, with its beautiful historic streets adorned with Sardinian balconies, are enjoyable to visit. There’s a pleasant peace in the city. Maybe when I wandered into the crowded cities of Asia for a long time, this silence felt good. This is a place where the bazaar, market places, narrow streets, castle surroundings, churches are explored.
The Saint Naum Monastery, Saint Sophia and the Sveti Kliment Ohridski Church are among the attractions of the Tsar Samuel’s fortress in Ohrid.
The cafes scattered all over the city are invited. Whether it’s a thousand-year-old church, the UNESCO heritage of Ohrid Lake, or the street-facing cafes that can be traced, all are enjoyable. One day I just want to go to this quaint city to re-taste the serenity and serenity in their cafes, and of course to photograph the epic sunsets in those languages.
Name of the poem Struga
I also had the opportunity to stop by Struga, a new tourist city that was built on the shores of Lake Ohrid. Struga is a city known for its art evenings, poetry festivals. On the shores of the Ohrid coast, the bridge of the river and the bridge made of wood and the two-collar poem is used as the Festival center. You see a lot of iron boats on the opposite side of the bridge.
The cafes by the Ohrid Lake are peaceful. Although the city is small, it has a clean bazaar and streets. Since Struga is a university city, you often see young people in the streets and cafes. Bus services run between Struga and Ohrid, and the journey takes about 20 minutes.
Mavrovo for skiing
The Mavrovo region, which is only 1.5 hours away from the Macedonian capital Skopje and attracts numerous ski severi from our country in recent years, is dazzling with its impressive nature. Under snow forests, mountains and lakes… It’s a delightful ambience, indeed!
Built in a valley on the edge of Lake Mavrovo, created by accumulating the accumulated rainwaters to the Mavrovo Valley, the town consists of small villages and houses scattered around the lake. Winter tourism is popular in our country every year. Ski lovers should note the Mavrovo ski resort somewhere.
The ski resort is located within the Mavrovo National Park area, the country’s largest national park, extending along the western borders of Macedonia. Surrounded by pine forests, the Şara Mountains and the Pind Mountains are located in the National Park area, with 52 peaks at a height of 2000 meters. You’ll understand a wonderful nature. I’d like to go to this area just for trekking in the national park.<