A Visit to Tvrdina Kale Fortress, Skopje, Macedonia

On a recent visit to Skopje, Macedonia, I took a walk to the fortress in the middle of the city. I had previously posted a photo of the outside of the fortress on a different visit to Skopje:

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You enter the fortress by crossing through a public park. There was a gate with a stop sign, but an older man selling bottles of water by the entrance just waved me through. I’m going to be honest — I was less than impressed by my visit. There were no signs ANYWHERE, so I had no idea what I was looking at. I had hoped to learn some of the fortress’ history. I had also thought maybe there would be … I don’t know … some artifacts or something? It does offer good views of the whole city, though.

From a Google search, I learned that the fortress is from the Byzantine empire and was built in 6th century A.D. Even online info about this place seems pretty scant.

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Green park
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Fortress wall
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Nice view from the park
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Mosque
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Macedonian flag, with the mountains in the distance
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What’s this? I don’t know!
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View of Skopje’s Contemporary Art Museum
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View of Skopje’s sports arena
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Crumbling stone

On my walk back to the bus station, I took this picture. I liked the lion statue. πŸ™‚

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