Departure from Skopje with our vehicle and our local tourist guide (driving 20 minutes). We start the tour from the archaeological site of Skupi, the ancient name of the modern Skopje. A Roman military camp was founded here in the second century BC on the site of an older Dardanian settlement. It became later Colonia Flavia Aelia Scupi and many veteran legionnaires were settled there. A Roman town was founded in the time of Domitian (AD 81-96) and Scupi became the chief center for romanizing Dardania. It was abandoned in AD 518 after an earthquake completely destroyed the city. Next stop is the very well preserved ancient aqueduct of Skopje, and it is the only aqueduct in Macedonia, and one of three largest and well preserved in the former Yugoslavia along with Diocletianus Aqueduct near Split, Croatia and Bar Aqueduct in Montenegro. Skopje Aqueduct most probably was built during the reign of Rome (1st century), fedding water to Legionary settlement Scupi. Than we drive some 20 km from the city (25 minutes driving), to the Markov Monastery, in the village of Sushica. The church is dedicated to the martyr St. Demetrius, began during the reign of King Volkashin (1346/47), painted and completed some 30 years later. The church was built on a three-nave base with a vaulted dome on stone. Unlike many monasteries affected by Ottoman rule, Markov Monastery has preserved its original structure and form. The church is famous for its Byzantine art, as it contains many examples of highly unique frescoes. Back to the city centre.
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