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Skopje Aqueduct

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It is supposing that the Skopje Aqueduct was built by Justinian I at the period from 527-554, and because of that it is also called the Justinians Aqueduct. There are also suppositions that it was built in the 16th century, during the Ottoman Empire. The Aqueduct is located north from the centre of the city of Skopje, at 3km air distance from the square Macedonia, which is 5-6km on a land road.

In its architectonical composition in the direction north-south there are two access gates, 53 pillars, 54 basic and 42 smaller vaults on the facilitating closed and opened openings above the pillars. The total length of the culture monument is 387,98m with high altitude on the South gate of 279,46m and on the North gate 280,485m or with de-leveling of 1,025m in the constant state.

About the appearance, the condition, the dating and the functioning of the Justinians navigable channel and the monumental object of the Justinians Aqueduct, there are many old drawings and pictures or postcard inscriptions by many famous historians and chroniclers, foreign writers of travel books, diplomats and visitors, and also guides and papers of military people, engineers, art historians and all kind of scientists. For example, in 1560 the unknown writer of travel books from Venice had noticed on the Aqueduct 60 openings, and in 1669 the English Dr. Brawn had written that the Aqueduct is “… a beautiful antiquity, that is a great pride for this place” and that there are “… 200 openings” on the Aqueduct.

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