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Must See The Amaizing Aqueduct Of Skopje

Aqueduct - Skopje.

Near Skopje, northwest from the center, along road Skopje-Kacanik, is an old Aqueduct built of brick and stone, with 55 arches that rely on massive pillars.

It is an archaeological site very easy to find.

Many famous chronicles, writers left texts and drawings about Aqueduct. One of them is English – Dr. Brown who had written that the Aqueduct is “… a beautiful antiquity that is a great pride for this place”.

There were many discussions going about the period when it was built, so there are several theories about the time of its building:

1. Some archaeologists believe it was built during Roman period and that this Aqueduct supplied with water the Roman Colony Scupi (Colonia Flavia Scupinorum).

2. Other theory says that it was built during Byzantine period by the Emperor Justinian (who was born in Tauresium village near Skopje). According to this theory aqueduct supplied with water the new city of Justiniana Prima built by the Emperor (proofs of the existing such city in Skopje region are not found).

3. Another group of archaeologists represent the theory that it was built during the rule of the Ottoman Empire.

Recent researches on this facility, probably solve the problem about the dating the Aqueduct.
Now, with a high probability is considered that it was built in the 16th century, when in Skopje starts intensive construction of mosques and public baths (Amams).

These facilities needed large amount of clean water and this quantity was obtained from the spring Lavovec in Skopska Crna Gora, 12 km away from the Aqueduct.

While Macedonia was a part of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, this place was forbidden for civilian visits, because it was located near the Military Barracks.
Yugoslav Army on these building conducted trainings to demonstrate mining of bridge vault. During this training three vaults were destroyed, and later renewed, but it is visible because during the renewal instead of using semicircular vaults, they used refracted ones.

Damages on the Aqueduct were also made by locals: they extracted stones from it and use them for construction of their own houses.

After years of negligence, finally, The Aqueduct is protected as a culture heritage and also the landscape around it is protected as a cultural landscape. The government has a plan to make this area attractive for tourist and locals. A tourist information bureau will be build and it will give information’s not only for the Aqueduct, but also for entire region of Skopska Crna Gora.

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