This years IDO European Street Dance Championships & World Disco and Hip Hop Cups was held from 7th until 9th of November in Skopje, Macedonia. The location of the event was the brand new sports hall in Skopje – S.C Jane Sandanski, located in the heart of the capital of Macedonia. It was a blast of 5 days of quality dance and madness in the city… the energy can be felt still! The next years edition is expected to be twice as big as this one.
With all of its perfections and flaws, Skopje is a city like no other. We grew up here, we live here, we work here… All of our memories with the people we care the most about are created on the streets of Skopje. We are proud of the city with inexhaustible energy. The city that almost never sleeps. The wonderful squares, the biggest monument on the Balkan Peninsula, the City Park, Vodno and Matka, the Vrelo caves, the way Vardar cuts it in half, the Millenium cross, the Old town bazaar, the Kale fortress … all of these represent a certain period and tell a different story of the capital city of the land of the sun.
Despite being over 6000 years old and being nearly demolished in the 1963 earthquake, the city looks rather modern and contemporary. The monuments set throughout the whole city will share the story of Skopje’s growth as the country’s political, cultural, economic, and academic center.
Kale is one of the best sightseeing places in Skopje which offers a fantastic view of the city and proximity to the sites of the city’s Ottoman Old Bazaar. It is believed that long time ago, during the Neolithic and Bronze ages or roughly 4000 before Christ, this area was inhabited. According to some researches, Kale was built in the 6th century A.D. with stone walls long approximately 121 meters and beautiful square stone towers. After the earthquake in 1963 the square towers were restored and protected from further detriment. Today, Kale represents a beautiful historic fortress and an ideal place for having relaxed time with family or friends. This beautiful historic landmark gives you a chance to enjoy observing the outstanding beauty of Skopje and a chance to capture breath-taking views of Macedonia’s capital.
For those who seek a little more adventure and outdoor activities, hiking or biking, limits are nonexistent in the forest of the Vodno Mountain. The Millennium Cross (Macedonian: Милениумски крст, Latinic: Mileniumski krst), built as a memorial to 2000 years of Christianity, is situated right at the „Krstovar“ peek, the highest point of the mountain. The construction of the 66 metre-high cross began in 2002. In 2011 the Millennium Cross ropeway was opened. The ropeway is three and a half km long. At night the cross shines down over the city.
The Old Bazaar in Skopje is the largest bazaar in the Balkans outside Istanbul. It is situated on the eastern bank of the Vardar River, stretching from the Stone Bridge to the Bit-Pazar and from the Skopje “Kale” Fortress to the Serava river. The Old Bazaar falls within the borders of Centar and Čair municipalities and is a protected national landmark since October 13th 2008. During the Ottoman rule with the city, the place underwent a rapid development to become city’s main economic and merchant center, evidenced by about 30 mosques, numerous caravanserais and hans. The Ottoman architecture is predominant in the Old Bazaar, although remains of the Byzantine architecture are evident as well, while the most recent reconstructions lead to the application of elements specific to the Modern architecture. Most of the buildings and Hans were transformed into museums and galleries, which today are used with the main purpose to host art exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events. Nowadays, however, the place and its proximity are still home to several mosques, two churches and a clock-tower, that together with the buildings of the Museum of Macedonia and the Museum of Modern Art form the core of the modern bazaar.