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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  • July 31, 2017
    This is an interesting piece of history. Shame the location is not cleaner up and have proper access to it. The taxi will take you there on a dirt road. There is no information at the locations so rea...  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    This is a good one if you are trying to avoid the numerous statues and bridges recently raised in Skopje. This is one of Skopje's true historical gems  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    We had our own car and followed the GPS directions to get to the Aqueduct. Sadly, the access road is fenced off so you have no option but to leave your car in a rather suspect area and hike in.  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.

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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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