The Monkey visited Macedonia in September of 2000, spending a few days in Skopje, the compact capital of this compact country. He took scant few photos there, but enjoyed his visit nonetheless.
After a devastating earthquake in the 1963, much of central Skopje had to be rebuilt. Yugoslavia was always the most adept country in the Balkans at concrete architecture, and Skopje’s reconstruction was quick and very modern. Here, the Monkey peers out over the Vardar and the 1960s concrete architecture of Skopje.
The Monkey stopped to make sure this artillery cannon was properly decommissioned. It sits in the grounds of the hilltop Fort Kale, which dates from the 11th Century.
Through a slit in the walls of Skopje’s Fort Kale, the Monkey spotted the dome and minaret of the 15th Century Mustafa Pasha mosque. The mosque sits at the edge of the Carsija, the old Turkish bazaar area full of winding lanes and crumbling old houses.
An alternate shot of the old artillery in Skopje.
Another version of the Monkey’s panoramic view over Skopje shot. The Monkey hopes to return to Macedonia and get more photos.
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