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The Skopje Aqueduct (Macedonian: Скопски аквадукт, Albanian: Akudukti) is an aqueduct and archaeological site located in the neighbourhood of Vizbegovo 2 km (1.2 mi) northwest of central Skopje, North Macedonia. The Skopje Aqueduct 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
Akvadukt (18).JPG
Coordinates42° 01′ 411″ N, 021° 25′ 124″ E
CarriesSkopje Aqueduct
LocaleVizbegovo near Skopje, North Macedonia
Materialbrick, stone
Total length386 m (1,266 ft)
Height16.5 m (54 ft)
Construction endreign of Justinian I (527 – 565) or during the reign of Ottomans (16th century)
Historical images of Skopje: Аqueduct.

The question of when the Skopje Aqueduct was built is unclear. There are three theories:

  • during the reign of Rome (1st century); according to this theory the aqueduct fed water to Legionary settlement Scupi.
  • during the reign of Byzantine Empire (reign of Emperor Justinian I); according to this theory, the aqueduct shipped water to the new settlement Justiniana Prima.[1]
  • during the reign of Ottoman Empire; according to this theory the aqueduct was built in the 16th century for a large number of Turkish public hamams.[2]

This aqueduct was in use until the eighteenth century. Only about 386 meters (1,266 ft) with 55 arches of this structure of stone and brick remain. It is assumed that the aqueduct took water from the spring Lavovec (village Gluvo in mountain Skopska Crna Gora), 9 kilometers (5.6 mi) northwest from Skopje and brought water to city center.


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Panorama of the Skopje Aqueduct


  • (in Macedonian) Petrov K, «Akvedukt kraj Skopje i problemot na negovata datiranje», Godisen Zbornik na Filozofski Fakultet, 13 (1962).


  1. ^ According to this theory, Justiniana Prima, was somewhere near the Skopje Fortress, and not, as is usually considered in Lebane Serbia, at the site Caričin Grad.
  2. ^ (in Macedonian) Аквадукт Скопје,, accessdate=2010-08-25 Archived 2010-09-18 at the Wayback Machine

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