Macedonia’s capital and largest city, Skopje has a population of about 700,000. The area has been inhabited since the Neolithic Age and has been ruled at various times by ancient Rome, Byzantium, the First Bulgarian Empire and the Ottoman Turks. Its Ottoman influence can be seen best in the wonderful old Turkish quarter, where the teeming bazaar displays hand-loomed carpets, antique silver, spices, woven pillows and nargileh (water pipes). Old caravanserais have been transformed into traditional restaurants and little cafés and cubbyhole shops line the streets. This is where Mother Teresa was born and raised, and there is a new monument to her on the main street.
PUBLISHED: July 22, 2013