Skopje 1000, Macedonia (FYROM)
The Roman AqueductTo get to the Roman Aqueduct is not a simple thing. There are no signs for directions or any kind of hint that along the dusty and dirty roads there lies something so magnificent and so beautiful. I remember the first time I went there. I had a detailed map, yet it took me quite some guessing I got there. The only way one can see the Roman Aqueduct is if one goes with the intention to get lost, explore, and eventually be surprised of the finding. Luckily, the guides at bicycle.mk offer a guided tour to the Aqueduct.
The oldest dating is related to the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. According to this assumption, the aqueduct was built some time in the sixth century to bring water from the Mountain Skopska Crna Gora to the town of Justiniana Prima.
Another dating is related to the arrival of the Ottoman Empire in Skopje. In fact, there are several assumptions related to the Ottoman Empire and the aqueduct. One says that it was built in the 15 century by Mustafa Pasha. Other places the construction in the 16 century due to the growing demand for fresh water for the numerous baths that were built in Skopje at the time.
Today, the aqueduct is as it was hundreds of years ago. Naturally, on the same place. It is long 386 meters, with 54 arches. It is considered that it was a part of a larger water supply system, going for about 10 km bringing water to Skopje from Skopska Crna Gora.