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Museum City of Skopje, Skopje

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Set in the building of a former railway station, Museum City of Skopje boasts a collection of art and archaeological, historical, and ethnological items dating from about 3,000 BCE to the present day. On the building's partially ruined exterior notice the clock, which stopped at 5.17 a.m.--the moment when the 1963 earthquake nearly demolished the city. Seek out the museum's most treasured item--the 6,000-year-old, 15 cm (6 in) clay statuette of Adam, discovered in 2000. The skillfully crafted figurine showing ribs, spine, and even a belly button is among the top ten Neolithic artifacts in the world. Use our Skopje holiday planner to arrange your visit to Museum City of Skopje and other attractions in Skopje.
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  • I wanted to visit this museum partly because it is housed in the old railway station, and partly to see what it had to show about Skopje. I wandered in and found most of the building was given over to...  more »
  • On the one hand this museum is in a very interesting building which is really quite haunting and the exhibition about the earthquake is very interesting. On the other hand being there was a little bit...  more »
  • The museum is very interesting and well kept. The parts concerning the archaelogic heritage of Skopje and the earthquake that took place in 1963 were perfectly explained by Mihail, the guide that work...  more »
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  • Worth a visit! Doesn't look inviting from the outside but definitely worth checking out!! No admission fee :-)
  • Very interesting exhibition about the 1963 earthquake. Small museum
  • Nice space but needs menagment with ideas
  • So much history in one place. Clock that stopped working during an earthquake still reminds of a fragile past that shook up this little nation.
  • Located inside what’s left of the old train station, City Museum currently features two small collections on two floors. At ground level, the museum offers the briefest of insights into life in the city before WWII. Exhibits include costumes, photographs and personal possessions from a number of Macedonian minorities including Jews, Albanians, Gypsies, Serbs and Vlachs. Down the stairs there are few dimly lit cases showcasing some fine examples of ancient bits and bobs dug up in the vicinity. The pride of the museum is the 6000-year-old, 15cm-high clay “Adam from Govrlevo” statue, which was discovered in 2000 and put on display here in later 2006. The statue is ranked among the world’s top 10 Neolithic artefacts, as it is perhaps the earliest representation of a human figure - with ribs, spine, belly button and a regrettably chopped-off erection.

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Where to stay in Skopje

The capital of Macedonia and a city of numerous sights, Skopje offers a good selection of places to stay despite its relatively modest size. Even though most hotels cluster in the center of town, you can easily find accommodation in other neighborhoods too. The selection ranges from several high-end hotels and fully-furnished apartments to many economical but charming places to stay. The city wide selection of hostels, many of which are very close to the city center, appeal to younger travelers.
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