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Skopje Aqueduct, Skopje

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The Skopje Aqueduct is an aqueduct and archaeological site located in the village of Vizbegovo 2km northwest from Skopje, Macedonia. The Skopje Aqueduct is the only aqueduct in Macedonia, and one of three largest and well preserved in the former Yugoslavia along with Diocletianus Aqueduct near Split, Croatia and Bar Aqueduct in Montenegro.The question of when the Skopje Aqueduct was built is unclear. There are three theories: during the reign of Rome ; according to this theory the aqueduct fed water to Legionary settlement Scupi.during the reign of Byzantine Empire ; according to this theory, the aqueduct shipped water to the new settlement Justiniana Prima.during the reign of Ottoman Empire; according to this theory the aqueduct was built in the 16th century for a large number of Turkish public hamams. This aqueduct was in use until the eighteenth century. Only about 386m with 55 arches of this structure of stone and brick remain. It is assumed that the aqueduct took water from the spring Lavovec, 9km northwest from Skopje and brought water to city center.
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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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  • In a middle of nowhere you can come across aqueduct from byzantine times. You can get there by taking bus from city center and then walk cca 10 minutes. Althought it is the only aqueduct in the vicini...  more »
  • This is very old aqueduct from the Roman's time and is close to Center of the City. Location is not in the best condition...  more »
  • I decided to walk all the way to this place. I started at the parking lot at Fortress Kale and walked straight on the Samoilova road. On my way I passed French soldier cemetery and the US embassy. The...  more »
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  • Awesome once you get there!! After seeing pictures of the aqueduct we really wanted to go see it, which turned out to be a bit more difficult than expected- especially on foot as we didn't have a car. It is not possible to cross barracks (active military base) so you have to do a circle around them. By going south on the motorway or north through some dodgy looking neighbourhoods. We did the latter. I'd recommend taking a taxi as it's really quite a walk.
  • Nice old Aqueduct. Needs some little maintenance. No entry fee.
  • There are two heritage sites in the city, both of them are really neglected and not maintained, what is a pity, knowing how many millions were spent for different creatures called art in the town. This aqueduct is located in the middle of the so called Roma and homeless community, unfortunately full with garbage and animal waste, poop, grass is also usually quite big. Despite of this, it is a must to see, so I encourage everybody to pay a visit if has opportunity.
  • One of the oldest in the world
  • Could have been interesting, but quite neglected place, incredible they don't take care and clean the mess there. Can be a place to go.