The Capital of Macedonia is Skophe, which is located on the northern side of the River Vardar on a Balkan route between Belgrade and Athens. The capital, which was developed during the colonial period, is surrounded by mountains making expansion difficult. It is 12 miles wide and spreads up to 21 miles along the valley.

Skopje is the largest and most populous town in Macedonia with about 506,000 residents. The larger Skopje area, including the Veles and Tetovo, has a population of approximately one million people. The city is cosmopolitan with people from across the world settling there due to the thriving economic situation. Skopje accounts for almost 30% of the Macedonian population. It was one of the biggest cities in the Balkans and one of the fastest growing cities in Yugoslavia until 1971 when the population growth slowed down.

There are several tourist attraction sites in Macedonia, mostly developed in the ancient times. These sites include the architecturally rich Byzantine churches, Kurshumli Han, Roman aqueducts, and the Ottomans mosques all of which are thousands of years old. The monument to the famous Mother Thersea is popular attraction in the city. Skopje boasts of several modern hotels, especially along the River Vardar.

The city is located about 245 meters above sea level. The climate of Skopje is basically semi-Mediterranean with temperatures having relatively little range. The winter period is short, wet and cold. Heavy snow is rare, and instead the city experiences light snow, especially during the winter season. Skopje experienced an earthquake in 1963 which led to the redesigning of the city. The current design ensures a free flow of people and traffic as well as space in case there is a need for evacuation during a natural calamity like a earthquake.

This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018

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