This outstanding architectural monument was built during the reign of Sultan Murad I (1362-1389). Skopje Castle was in ruins until a few years ago, but has now been restored, and this building set in a beautiful park is one of the most popular sights, famous particularly for its spectacular view over the city.
The violent earthquake of 1963 destroyed 80 percent of Skopje, the Vardar Bridge being one of the few historical monuments to survive intact. The old station building, which is still partially in ruins, today houses the National Museum. Other sights which visitors should not miss are the traditional houses, mosques, minarets and bazaar, the latter equal to any of those in Turkey. It was formerly roofed over, but since the earthquake has been an open street.
In the bazaar Turkish is the language that one hears spoken the most. When the shopkeepers heard us talking, we were plied with tea and refreshments, and showered with questions about Turkey. They were eager to hear anything we had to say, so long as it was about Turkey!