Skopje

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Skopje (, US also ; Скопје, Shkup) is the capital and largest city of North Macedonia.wikipedia
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Skopje Fortress

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The territory of Skopje has been inhabited since at least 4000 BC; remains of Neolithic settlements have been found within the old Kale Fortress that overlooks the modern city centre.
The Skopje Fortress (Скопско Кале; Kalaja e Shkupit; Üsküp Kalesi), commonly referred to as Kale (from kale, the Turkish word for 'fortress'), is a historic fortress located in the old town of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia.

Serbian Empire

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From 1282, the town was part of the Serbian Empire and acted as its capital city from 1346 to 1371.
Under Dušan's rule Serbia was the major power in the Balkans, and a multi-lingual empire that stretched from the Danube to the Gulf of Corinth, with its capital in Skopje.

List of municipalities in North Macedonia by population

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Skopje (, US also ; Скопје, Shkup) is the capital and largest city of North Macedonia.
North Macedonia is divided into 80 municipalities, out of which 34 have seats in cities or towns, 37 have seats in villages, and 10 make up Greater Skopje.

Scupi

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Originally a Paeonian city, Scupi became the capital of Dardania in the second century BC.
Scupi is an archaeological site located between Zajčev Rid (Зајчев Рид 'Rabbit Hill') and the Vardar River, several kilometers from the center of Skopje in North Macedonia.

1963 Skopje earthquake

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The city developed rapidly, but this trend was interrupted in 1963 when it was hit by a disastrous earthquake.
The 1963 Skopje earthquake (Скопски земјотрес 1963, transliterated Skopski zemjotres 1963) was a 6.1 moment magnitude earthquake which occurred in Skopje, SR Macedonia (present-day North Macedonia) then part of the SFR Yugoslavia, on July 26, 1963, which killed over 1,070 people, injured between 3,000 and 4,000 and left more than 200,000 people homeless.

Old Bazaar, Skopje

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The Serava, also coming from the North, had flowed through the Old Bazaar until the 1960s, when it was diverted towards the West because its waters were very polluted.
The Old Bazaar (Стара чаршија; Çarshia e Vjetër; from the Çarşı meaning marketplace) is a bazaar located in Skopje, North Macedonia, situated on the eastern bank of the Vardar River, stretching from the Stone Bridge to the Bit-Pazar and from the Skopje Fortress to the Serava river.

Gostivar

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The Vardar river, which flows through Skopje, is at approximately 60 km from its source near Gostivar.
Gostivar has road and railway connections with the other cities in the region, such as Tetovo, Skopje, Kičevo, Ohrid, and Debar.

Vodno

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Finally, the Markova Reka, the source of which is on Mount Vodno, meets the Vardar at the eastern extremity of the city.
It is located in the northern part of the country, to the southwest of the capital city Skopje.

Matka Canyon

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It crosses the Matka Canyon before reaching the Vardar on the western extremity of the City of Skopje.
Matka (Матка, meaning "womb", Matkë, Kanioni i Matkës) is a canyon located west of central Skopje, North Macedonia.

Kosovo

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The City of Skopje reaches the Kosovo border to the North-East.
In the late 13th century, the seat of the Serbian Archbishopric was moved to Peć, and rulers centred themselves between Prizren and Skopje, during which time thousands of Christian monasteries and feudal-style forts and castles were erected.

Skopje 2014

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A highly controversial urban project, "Skopje 2014", was adopted by the municipal authorities in order to give the city a more monumental and historical aspect, and thus to transform it into a proper national capital.
Skopje 2014 (Скопје 2014) was a project financed by the then-Macedonian government, with the main ideology being based on that of the then-ruling party VMRO-DPMNE, with the purpose of giving the capital Skopje a more classical appeal.

Aerodrom Municipality, North Macedonia

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Towards the East, the new municipality of Aerodrom was planned in the 1980s to house 80,000 inhabitants on the site of the old airport.
Aerodrom (Аеродром, meaning Airport or Aerodrome) is one of the ten municipalities that make up the city of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia.

Saraj Municipality

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Other large settlements are located north of the city, such as Radišani, with 9,000 inhabitants, whereas smaller villages can be found on Mount Vodno or in Saraj municipality, which is the most rural of the ten municipalities that form the City of Skopje.
During difficult negotiations the governing Macedonian Social Democrats (SDSM) gave in to the request of its Albanian coalition partner that wanted Albanians within Skopje to surpass the 20% population mark by attaching two rural Albanian inhabited municipalities, Saraj and Kondovo.

Čair Municipality

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This is especially true for Topaana, in Čair municipality, and for Šuto Orizari municipality, which are the two main Roma neighbourhoods.
Čair (undefined, Çair, Çayır) is one of the ten municipalities that make up the City of Skopje, the capital of the Republic of North Macedonia.

Šuto Orizari Municipality

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This is especially true for Topaana, in Čair municipality, and for Šuto Orizari municipality, which are the two main Roma neighbourhoods.
Šuto Orizari (undefined; Romani: Shuto Orizari; Shutkë), often shortened as Šutka, is one of the ten municipalities that make up the City of Skopje, the capital of the Republic of North Macedonia.

Kenzō Tange

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Between Karpoš and Aerodrom lies the city centre, rebuilt according to plans by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange.
His ideas were explored in designs for Tokyo and Skopje.

Dračevo, Skopje

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Skopje, in its administrative limits, encompasses many villages and other settlements, including Dračevo, Gorno Nerezi and Bardovci.
It is a suburb of Skopje and one of the first major settlements in that region and has a fully developed socio-economical life.

Lipkovo Municipality

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Clockwise, it is also bordered by the Macedonian municipalities of Čučer-Sandevo, Lipkovo, Aračinovo, Ilinden, Studeničani, Sopište, Želino and Jegunovce.
The municipality borders Serbia to the north, Čučer-Sandevo Municipality to the west, the City of Skopje to the southwest, Aračinovo Municipality to the south and Kumanovo Municipality to the east.

Albanians in North Macedonia

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Macedonians form 66% of the city population, while Albanians and Roma account respectively for 20% and 6%.
The largest Albanian communities are in the municipalities of Tetovo (70.3% of the total population), Gostivar (66.7%), Debar (58.1%), Struga (56.8%), Kičevo (54.5%), Kumanovo (25.8%), and Skopje (20.4%).

Petrovec Municipality

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Some localities located outside the city limits are also becoming outer suburbs, particularly in Ilinden and Petrovec municipality.
The Municipality of Petrovec (Петровец, Petrovec; Ibrahimovë) is a municipality in northern Republic of North Macedonia, near the capital Skopje.

Paeonia (kingdom)

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Originally a Paeonian city, Scupi became the capital of Dardania in the second century BC.
It was separated from Dardania by the mountains through which the Vardar river passes from the field of Scupi (modern Skopje) to the valley of Bylazora (near modern Sveti Nikole).

Studeničani Municipality

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Clockwise, it is also bordered by the Macedonian municipalities of Čučer-Sandevo, Lipkovo, Aračinovo, Ilinden, Studeničani, Sopište, Želino and Jegunovce.
The municipality borders the City of Skopje to the north, Sopište Municipality to the northwest and west, Čaška Municipality to the south, Zelenikovo Municipality to the east and Petrovec Municipality to the northeast.

Sopište Municipality

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Clockwise, it is also bordered by the Macedonian municipalities of Čučer-Sandevo, Lipkovo, Aračinovo, Ilinden, Studeničani, Sopište, Želino and Jegunovce.
The municipality borders the City of Skopje to the north, Želino Municipality and Makedonski Brod Municipality to the west, and Studeničani Municipality to the east.

Aračinovo Municipality

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Clockwise, it is also bordered by the Macedonian municipalities of Čučer-Sandevo, Lipkovo, Aračinovo, Ilinden, Studeničani, Sopište, Želino and Jegunovce.
Aračinovo Municipality borders with Lipkovo Municipality to the north, the City of Skopje to the west, Petrovec Municipality to the south and Kumanovo Municipality to the east.

Balkan Wars

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In 1912, it was annexed by the Kingdom of Serbia during the Balkan Wars.
With the outbreak of the war, the Ottoman Empire activated three Army HQs: the Thracian HQ in Constantinople, the Western HQ in Salonika, and the Vardar HQ in Skopje, against the Bulgarians, the Greeks and the Serbians respectively.