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Skopje is an old town. I took this image showing the ruins of the old fortress build in 10th century AD and the mosque build 5 centuries later seen through the fortress. Here are some explanations of the objects:


World Number one:
The Mustafa Pasha Mosque was built on an older Christian sacred site. A marble tablet with an inscription in Arabic script reveals that the mosque was built in 1492 as a memorial of Mustafa Pasha. Mustafa Pasha was an important and respectable personage in the Ottoman Empire. He possessed large estates in Rumely; as a vizier to Sultan Selim I, he also received four villages nearby Skopje. He died in 1519 and was buried in the tomb situated near the northeast wall of the mosque.
The mosque has a rather simple square foundation covered with a dome. Inside the mosque, on its southeast side, there are a mihrab (niche of a mosque indicating the direction of Mecca) and a mimbar (pulpit) ornamented with plastic decoration made of marble. Above the entrance gate, inside, there is a type of gallery mehvil, in which the muezzins perform their service. A vestibule erected on four marble columns with three small domes is found in front of the mosque. The mosque is built with alternate layers of carved stone and two layers of bricks.
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World Number two:
Latest explorations have shown that this Middle Ages fortress was built during the reign of the Macedonian tsar Samoil, i.e. in the end of the 10th and the beginning of the 11th century, and became an important fortification against the Romaoian onslaughts. What has remained today is an impressive 121-metre-long remnant of the rampart that once was, built with processed stone blocks. It has been proved that this building material had been brought from the ruins of the destroyed theatre of the ancient city of Skupi.
The Fortress was heavily damaged in the earthquake of 1963 and restored afterwards.

"From Stara Skopska Carsija (The Old Skopje Bazaar) by Kosta Balabanov"

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