Europe, Macedonia

Sampling Skopje

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Sampling Skopje

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.


View over Skopje, Macedonia
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.

Artillery, Skopje, Macedonia
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.

Fort Kale and minaret, Skopje, Macedonia
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.

Artillery, Skopje, Macedonia
An alternate shot of the old artillery in Skopje.

Skopje, Macedonia
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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Macedonia

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Population:

2,061,315 (2008)

Land area:

24,856 sq. km.

Capital:

Skopje (pop: 444,229; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, Macedonia ranked 60th in the UNDP Human Development Index and 116th in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $3,050.85. Public debt accounts for 30.8 percent of total GDP, while 29.8 percent of Macedonians are beneath the poverty line.

Main language(s):

Macedonian (over 20 percent of the population speaks Albanian)

Monkey's name:

Maimunka (my-moon-ka)

Fun fact:

Though inextricably tied to India due to her lifelong work with its impoverished, Mother Theresa of Calcutta is, in fact, a Macedonian. She was born in Skopje in 1910, of Albanian lineage. She went to India after joining an Irish missionary group.



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