The ancient city of Skopje is renowned for its culture, architecture and archeological sites. With a fine blend of old and new, the city is dotted with contemporary buildings as well as ancient structures. Glimpse of Romans, Ottomans and Yugoslavians rule in Skopje is finely depicted in its Byzantine churches, Turkish mosques and neoclassical homes. The colorful Old Skopje Bazaar with its bustling shops, narrow lanes reflects the Islamic culture during the Ottoman rule.
The market is the best place to buy souvenirs like laces, jewelry and tin sculptures. Old Stone Bridge across the Vardar River connects the old town with the more westernized part of the city. The twelve classic arches of the bridge are fine example of architectural brilliance. Kale Fortress is a major tourist attraction in Skopje. Recent excavations around the fort trace its origin long before the Roman civilization. Daut Pasha Bath, Mustafa Pasha Mosque and Old Railway Station are other major tourist places of interest in Skopje.