Skopje was struck by a devistating earthquake in 1963. Some of the houses built immediately after the tragic event are shown in the forefront. Skopje was rebuilt since then and the new residential quarters bear little resemblance with old Skopje.
Many international architects participated in it reconstruction. According to the idea of the Japanese urban planner Kenzo Tanga, the center was given a "city wall" of high-rise buildings, while the banks of the Vardar were laid out as pleasant tree-lined promenades. The ancient trading quarter (charshija) has been completely renovated, but has preserved all the notable features of its original architecture. In this setting the old buildings of cultural and historical interest are seen to even better advantage. They include the Kale Fortress raised in the 6th century (its present appearance dates from the Turkish period), Daut-pasha's baths (15th c., now the Art Gallery), and Mustafa-pasha's mosque (15th c.).
The stone bridge over the Vardar gives access to the old part of the city of Skopje with its many cultural and historical monuments. Built by the Turks on the site of a Roman bridge, it has eleven arches and bears a plaque in middle stating that it was restored by Sultan Murat II (first half of the 15th century).
The 19th-century iconostasis of the church of the Holi Saviour (Sveti Spas) (17th c.) in Skopje, carved in walnut, combines a profusion of plant and animal motifs with the figures of saints in local costumes. This realistic high-relief carving is the work of skilful craftsmen of the Debar area, who included their own figures in one corner of the iconostasis. The iconostasis at Holi Saviour church is one of the finest samples of traditional woodcarving which can be found on the territory of the Republic of Macedonia along with the iconostasis of St. John Bigorski Monastery. On the slopes of nearby Mt. Vodna stands the famous church of St. Panteleimon from 1164, decorated with frescoes of exceptional artistic value.
Currently, the population of Skopje is about half a million people. It is the administrative and political center of the Republic of Macedonia. Industries in the city include iron and steel works, electrical machinery, chemicals, textiles, carpets, and foodstuffs. Skopje is a trading center for the cotton, tobacco, grains, and livestock produced in the surrounding region as well. Besides the Belgrade-Athens highway and railway routes, the city also has the largest airport in the Republic of Macedonia.
Much of Skopje's history can be tied to their Bulgarian history. This includes their alliance with Adolf Hitler in WW2, thier alliance with Stalin, and their Tito communist era during the cold war.
Skopje is actively stealing Hellenic history by attempting to use the Greek term of Macedonia to link itself to the ancient Hellenic tribe and thus make false and aggressive land claims towards the Aegean sea. This steems from the communist era of thie history ruled by Tito. They renamed the YugoSLAVic Vardaska province to Macedonia to begin the process.
During WW2 Skopje's Bulgarian citizens (being a part of "Greater Bulgaria") were eager to round up all the Jews in the Balkans along with their Axis ally, Albania in order to impress Adolf Hitler. This was especially heavy in Salonica and Thrace where Jewish loses were heavy to expand the Axis Greater Bulgaria dream into Aegean Sea. The long list of Jewish victims is detailed and displayed in Holocaust museums from Israel to the USA.
During the Balkan wars of the Early 20th Century their atrocities were legendary killing hundreds of thousands of indiginous peoples such as the Greeks for the crime of being real Macedonians.
Fortunately the Allies consisting of British, Greek and Serb forces were able to stop the Genocide and quell the Skopje invaders.
The cities largest growth industry is Mosque building. A trans Albanian highway streching from Tirana to Skopje is being built. Skopje also signed military agreements with Turkey and simutaneously condems the rights of indigenous Kurds in Asia Minor.
Example 2: Stalin was content with Skopje's obedience with Communism
Example 3: The president FYROM flew from Skopje to Ankara to praise Turkey's smashing of the Kurdish peoples