Skopje

Stone Bridge

12 Nov 2018
If you stop and think for a minute about how many people from every echelon of society and representing so many diverse cultures have walked over this relatively small bridge connecting Plostad Makedonija with the Old Bazaar since its original construction over 550 years ago you’ll understand why it’s one of the main symbols of the city and why it features on Skopje’s coat of arms. Built on the site of an earlier Roman bridge, the current crossing is made from solid stone blocks and features a total of 12 arches. At 214m from end to end and just 6m wide, the bridge narrowly escaped being blown up by the Nazis in 1944, has been used as an execution site in the past and is often populated with hawkers selling cheap Chinese souvenirs and scruffy Romani kids banging drums for spare change.

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