Skopje Stone Bridge

Skopje, North Macedonia

The current Stone Bridge in Skopje across the Vardar River was built on Roman foundations under the patronage of Sultan Mehmed II the Conqueror between 1451 and 1469. Most of the bridge originates from the Ottoman period and throughout the centuries, the Stone Bridge was often damaged and then repaired. There is historical evidence that it once suffered during the great earthquake of 1555 which heavily damaged or destroyed four pillars. Renovations were carried out the same year. Some executions have also taken place on this bridge, such as the execution of Karposh in 1689.

In 1944, explosives were placed on the bridge by Nazis. Upon a request from city notables, the Germans give up at the last minute and the bridge was saved from destruction. The last reconstruction of the bridge began in 1994. Over seven years during the Stone Bridge refurbishment of the 1990s, people were not allowed to cross the structure and for many craftsmen from the nearby Old Bazaar it resulted in negative economic effects. The watchtower shaped like a mihrab was reconstructed in 2008.

The bridge is considered a symbol of Skopje and is the main element of the coat of arms of the city, which in turn is incorporated in the city's flag.

The Stone Bridge is built of solid stone blocks and is supported by firm columns that are connected with 12 semicircular arcs. The bridge is 214 m long and 6 m wide. The guardhouse has recently been reconstructed.

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Mohamed Hashem (9 months ago)
Crowded place in good weather and weekend
Lex Universe (9 months ago)
If you should point out one single iconic landmark in the city, it would have to be this beauty. The oldest bridge in the city makes it to almost any propagation material or souvenir from Skopje. Built in the 6th century by the Byzantine emperor Justinian, it has served as the main crossing of the river for centuries.Even today, it serves as the main connection between the newer parts of the city and the old bazaar across the river.
Ilijana B OA Quinn ibqo (9 months ago)
Love it , i love to go with my friends ?⭐?
Sandra Sofkoska (9 months ago)
Legendary stone bridge in the very center of the city, reminding of the old times of the city building style and equipment.
Jakub Jílek (10 months ago)
Quite nice bridge, not anything special but it offers some nice views on the river and as everything around is made of stone, the bridge fits in perfectly
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