It’s out of my sight, but the distant and serene call to prayers from the Sultan Murat Mosque lets me know the sun is rising in the east. Not long after, rhythmic bells from St. Mary’s Orthodox Church next door also remind the Christian faithful of their religious duties.
This is how a city wakes up at a cultural crossroads: East meets West, Islam meets Christianity. Welcome to Skopje, Macedonia.
We’ve left the beautiful, azure Adriatic, its picturesque towns, and cruise-ship tourists behind. Refugees on the move and potential border-crossing problems convinced us to fly from Tivat, Montenegro to the Macedonian capital. And what we discovered on arrival was nothing but pleasant surprises – the tourist tap was turned off and an eclectic mix of engrossing sights awaited us.
From Skopje’s Ottoman wonders and ancient Bazaar to its gleaming lineup of Neo-Classical buildings along the river – this unique city of contrasts and its efforts at reshaping itself fascinated us.
In our next few posts we’ll show you why this city in transition captured our hearts.
James & Terri