Historic Sites in Macedonia

Historic Sites in Macedonia

History Hit

24 Nov 2020

There’s a host of top Historic Sites in Macedonia to visit and among the very best are Heraklea Linkestis, Stobi and the Skopje Aqueduct.

We’ve put together an experts guide to Macedonian cultural places, landmarks and monuments, with our top places to visit as well as a full list of Historic Sites in Macedonia, which shouldn’t be ignored if you have the time.

What are the best Historic Sites in Macedonia?

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1. Heraklea Linkestis

Heraklea Linkestis is believed to have been founded by King Philip II of Macedon in around the fourth century BC, before being conquered by the Romans in approximately the second century BC.

Well-preserved remains of this once thriving settlement can now be seen at the site, including a theatre and baths as well as a Jewish temple and a church. One of the most celebrated aspects of Heraklea Linkestis is its series of vivid mosaics.

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2. Stobi

Stobi is one of Macedonia’s most famous archaeological sites. Once the capital of the kingdom of Paeonia, Stobi was located along a busy trade route and thrived as a commercial hub specialising in the trade of salt. Stobi reached its peak in the third or fourth century AD.

Today, the archaeological site of Stobi houses a wealth of ancient ruins, including the remains of palaces, baths, streets, temples and a second century AD theatre. Most of the ruins date back to the third century AD, although some, like the theatre, were built earlier. There are also several well-preserved vivid mosaics throughout the site as well as remnants of early Christianity, such as numerous basilicas.

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3. The Skopje Aqueduct

The Skopje Aqueduct is a well preserved stone aqueduct located north of the Macedonian city of Skopje.

A large stone structure made up of fifty-five archways, the origins of Skopje Aqueduct are unclear. Whilst it is known to have existed as far back as Ottoman times, some say that it was built by the ancient Romans.

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4. Tumba Madzari

Tumba Madzari is a Neolithic settlement in the north-eastern region of Skopje, in Macedonia. It is most notable for the Pre-Indo-European Great Mother statuettes which provide the proof of existence of the Cult of the Great Mother Goddess.

After several archaeological excavations on the site, a range of artefacts were discovered which indicate that ancient peoples inhabited Tumba Madzari between 6000 – 4300 BC.

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