Stone Bridge (Skopje)
|Total length||214 m|
The Stone Bridge (Macedonian: Камен мост (help·info), Turkish: Taşköprü) is a bridge across the Vardar River in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. The bridge is also less frequently known as the Dušan Bridge (Macedonian and Serbian: Душанов мост) after Stephen Dušan, Emperor of Serbia.
The bridge is considered a symbol of Skopje and is the main element of the coat of arms of the city, which in turn is incorporated in the city's flag. The Stone Bridge connects Macedonia Square, in the center of Skopje, to the Old Bazaar.
The Stone Bridge is built of solid stone blocks and is supported by firm columns that are connected with 12 semicircular arcs. The bridge is 214 m (702 ft) long and 6 m (20 ft) wide. The guardhouse has recently been reconstructed.
The current Stone Bridge was built on Roman foundations under the patronage of Sultan Mehmed II the Conqueror between 1451 and 1469. Throughout the centuries, the Stone Bridge was often damaged and then repaired. There is historical evidence that it once suffered during the great earthquake of 1555 which heavily damaged or destroyed four pillars. Renovations were carried out the same year. In 1944, explosives were placed on the bridge by Nazis. Upon a request from city notables, the Germans give up at the last minute and the bridge was saved from destruction. The last reconstruction of the bridge began in 1994. The watchtower shaped like a mihrab was reconstructed in 2008.
Some executions have also taken place on this bridge, such as the execution of Karposh in 1689.
Stone Bridge and Macedonia Square in the early 1920s
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