Welcome to Skopje
The building frenzy is the result of a controversial, nationalistic project called 'Skopje 2014' implemented by the Macedonian government under ex Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. Opinions aside, nobody can deny the Macedonian capital has become a thoroughly entertaining Balkan metropolis – a bit surreal and at times garish, maybe, but never dull.
And fear not: peel back the veneer and Skopje has a genuine historic core that warrants just as much attention as its new wonders. Ottoman- and Byzantine-era sights are focused around the city's delightful Čaršija (old Turkish bazaar), bordered by the 15th-century Kameni Most (Stone Bridge) and Tvrdina Kale Fortress – Skopje's guardian since the 5th century.