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WHY DO I LOVE SKOPJE

 VASIL ILjOV

Skopje is the centre of  Macedonian civilization

 

 

ďSkopje among other is my town, too. Iíve lived here, or Iíve been living here for at least 40 years. Skopje is one of the oldest towns in the world. It has got a settlement older than seven thousand years. It has got an established town or an established settlement for at least three thousand years. Skopje and its surroundings are the oldest centers of Macedonian civilization. In the immediate nearness of Skopje there are archeological locations which confirm at least 9000 years of Macedonian literary tradition. Skopje is the integral part of the oldest defense systems and also has been a defense system of the old-time Jusiniana Prima. A matrix is being preserved from the time of Justinian the First, which is kept until today in the Stone Bridge, in the north-east wall of Skopje fortress, there are remains of the Justinianís Gate, and the Justinianís aqueduct is in the immediate closeness of Skopje.

I have spent all my working life in Skopje since 1966 when I came here, and all these years Iíve worked on preservation of cultural monuments in Skopje. I love Skopje because my family is here, a large part of my relatives, and Iíve got a lot of friends here, too. Whenever I go in another town or country throughout the world, Iíve always returned here, because here is the centre of our Macedonian civilization, because it is here we live our days. We have got an organized life here as architects, and I think we have managed to make a European metropolis out of Skopje, a respectable cityĒ.

 

 

The Association of Ancient Macedonians  Bogdanci