Architecture of Macedonia
St. Joachim Monastery
The earliest architecture in Macedonia was built by the
Romans. The aqueduct in Skopje and some of the ruins at Ohrid are the best preserved
of these many ruins. However Ohrid isn't known for its Roman ruins as much as
it is known for its later architecture. The growth and flourishing of the city brought
in many buildings, including St. Panteleimon (800s), which is the oldest Slavic
monastery in the world. Also in this city, St. Sofia's was built (800s-1000s).
When the Ottomans took over the region, beginning in the 1300s, the architectural
style in the region quickly changed and adopted the new requirements. Mosques, hamams,
and bazaars were built as some of the people converted to Islam. Skopje retains
the best examples from this period, including their Sultan Murad Mosque and their
old bazaar, which vastly grew during this period.