Thursday, 23 February 2012

The Skopje Aqueduct

The Aqueduct in Skopje is located in the north-western peripheries of the city. Actually, is not really known who built it and when exactly. One theory says that Romans made it in the 1st century to provide water to the legionary colony. According to another one, it was built during Justinian the Great ruling, in the Byzantine times. But the most likely, the aqueduct was created in the 16th century during period of Ottoman Empire and supplied with water numerous Turkish baths. The Skopje Aqueduct is the only one in Macedonia and one of three in Former Yugoslavia countries (remaining two are in Stari Bar in Montenegro and in Split in Croatia). The aqueduct carried water to the citizens from 9 km far  - the springs of Skopska Crna Gora Mountain. It was constructed with stones and bricks and originally had about 200 arches, supported by massive pillars. Today, it is 386 metres long and has 55 arches.

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