Skopje is the capital of North Macedonia. It’s an ancient city with a rich history and many attractions. These are some of them:
Historical Museum of Macedonia
The Historical Museum of Macedonia is located in Bitola, the second-largest city in North Macedonia. It was founded in 1957 and opened to the public in 1968.
The museum’s collection includes artifacts from prehistoric times through modern times, including items related to Ancient Greece and Roman rule over Macedonia; medieval archaeology; Ottoman history; socialist era collections (including an exhibit on Tito); photos from World War I and II as well as other conflicts affecting the region; artifacts related to traditional Macedonian costumes and folk culture; paintings by local artists such as Kostandin Shpataraku (1874-1951), Nikola Popovski (1879-1954), Vasil Nikolovski (1895-1971) etc.; weapons used during various wars fought on Macedonian soil throughout history; furniture pieces dating back centuries ago et cetera.
The National Museum of Macedonia
The National Museum of Macedonia is located in the center of Skopje and was founded in 1947. It is the largest museum in North Macedonia, containing a large collection of artifacts from ancient times to the present day. The museum hosts over 200,000 objects including paintings by Turkish masters such as Osman Hamdi Bey and Ibrahim Hakki Bektas; sculptures by European artists like Auguste Rodin; works of art by local painters such as Nikola Martinovski-Grujevski (1879 – 1957) and Petre Paunkovski (1885 – 1964); archaeological finds from various sites around Macedonia dating back thousands of years ago like those found at Vinca near Belgrade
Museum of Macedonian Struggle for Independence
The Museum of Macedonian Struggle for Independence is located in the center of Skopje, Macedonia. The museum was opened in 1994 and is dedicated to the struggle for independence of Macedonia. It is housed in the former railway station building which was built between 1881 and 1883 by Austro-Hungarian architects Jakob Ludwig Karl Schmidl (1840-1895) and Eduard Hauser (1825-1886). The museum exhibits items related to history, culture and arts from prehistory up until today’s modern times.
Pehchevo Monastery is a monastery in the Republic of North Macedonia, located in the village of Pehchevo at the foot of Mount Vodno. The monastery was founded during 1183-1190 by Byzantine Emperor Isaac II Angelos. Its name comes from its founder’s nickname “Pehchevik”. Although today it remains a functioning monastery, it also serves as an important tourist attraction for visitors who want to see more than just museums and galleries during their trip to Skopje or Bitola (the two most popular cities).
Kursumli An is a historic building in Skopje, the capital city of North Macedonia. It was built in the 19th century and has been known as the Turkish Baths since then. The building is one of the most important landmarks in Skopje; it was even used as a location for some scenes from The Bourne Identity movie!
The original purpose of this historic building was to serve as a bathhouse where people could go and relax after working hard all day long. But during its time spent serving as an actual bathhouse, Kursumli An also became famous for its architecture–it’s considered one of the most beautiful examples of Ottoman architecture anywhere within Europe today (alongside another well-known example called Sultan Murad Mosque).
Ohrid lake and lake Ohrid region
There are few places on Earth that can compete with the natural beauty of Lake Ohrid. Nestled in North Macedonia, this lake is one of the oldest and deepest lakes in Europe, with a history dating back more than 2 million years. The region has become famous for its incredible biodiversity–it’s home to more than 3,000 plant species (and some 200 types of birds) and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To get here from Skopje or anywhere else in North Macedonia, you’ll want to take Highway A1 southward toward Gostivar/Kicevo until it meets up with Highway A3 toward Bitola/Prilep; then turn onto Highway 1030 toward Ohrid/Struga.* If driving isn’t an option for you (or if you’re not comfortable navigating through mountainous terrain), there are plenty of buses available throughout the country that will take passengers directly into these areas.* Be sure not miss any sights while visiting!
Skopje Fortress is the oldest part of Skopje, and it’s located on a hill. It was built during Ottoman rule in the 16th century. At its peak, it had 23 towers and eight gates. Today, only 13 towers remain standing; some have been restored while others are crumbling ruins that you can still see through holes in the walls or by climbing up to them via ladders (be careful!).
The Kaleto Castle was originally built as an Ottoman military outpost at the end of 15th century during Skopje clashes between Ottomans and Venetians. It was later turned into a residence for sultans when they visited Skopje during summertime until 1912 when Turks lost control over Macedonia after Balkan Wars ended with Serbian victory over Bulgaria who took advantage over weakened Ottoman Empire at time when Austria-Hungary decided not interfere any further conflicts between two countries because they were busy fighting World War I against Germany & France so Serbian troops were able to capture all territories within former Yugoslavia without any resistance from other countries except Greece which sent navy ships stationed outside city limits but didn’t want them enter inside due fear it might cause diplomatic incident between Greece & Serbia since both countries had signed mutual defense pact back then so Greek vessels stayed outside city limits until end result was announced later same day.
Macedonia Square is the central square of Skopje, Macedonia. It is named after the Risti River which flows through it and has been a popular tourist destination since its inception in 1981. The square contains several monuments and statues including one that pays tribute to Alexander the Great (who was born nearby).
Alexander the Great Airport
The Alexander the Great Airport is located in Skopje and opened in 2001. It is named after Alexander the Great, who was born in Pella, a city that no longer exists but was located near present-day Veria. The Macedonian government maintains this airport which has one terminal with five gates.
Old Bazaar in Skopje
The Old Bazaar in Skopje is the oldest and largest market in the Balkans. It is located in the center of Skopje, within walking distance from most hotels and hostels. If you’re looking for souvenirs or just want to explore some interesting shops, this is a must-see attraction!
The old bazaar has over 1,000 shops selling everything from jewelry to clothing to food items such as traditional kajmak cheese (it’s delicious!). There are also many restaurants where you can enjoy local cuisine like moussaka or burek–a type of pastry filled with meat or vegetables.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the top attractions in North Macedonia. We know that there are many more places to visit in this beautiful country, but these are some of the best ones!