Photographer's Note

To complete the short series of hamams in the Balkans, here the dome of the Cifte Hamam in the Old Bazaar in Skopje. It is better visible in WS but in this picture, we can see also the mosque.
It was a rainy Sunday in Skopje, the streets were almost empty, the shops were closed. This part of Skopje reminded me of the Old Town in Baku.

The Old Bazaar (Stara čaršija) is 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. As one of the oldest and largest marketplaces in the Balkans, it has been Skopje's centre for trade and commerce since at least the 12th century. The Old Bazaar is still home to several active mosques, türbes, two churches and a clocktower.
Cifte hamam was built in the mid-15th century by Bosnian general Isa-Beg Ishaković in order to provide a regular source of income for his endowment.
The Murat-Pasha Mosque is located in the very center of the Old Skopje Bazaar in Skopje, near the Chifte Amam. According to the inscription on the marble plaque above the entrance door in the Murat-Pasha mosque, it is explained in Arabic that it was built around 1802 and 1803, after burning in the 1689 fire.

In the Workshops, the view of the hamam and a photo from the interior.

I liked the centre of Skopje although it is monumental and rather kitschy. There are many photos of the centre and much less the view of the Old Bazaar.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13401 W: 141 N: 34841] (157280)
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