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Kursumli An

Kursumli An is an Ottoman caravanserai located in the Old Town of Skopje. It is in the area of Museum of Macedonia. It has served as an inn and as a prison.

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Kursumli An is an Ottoman caravanserai located in the Old Town of Skopje. It is in the area of Museum of Macedonia. It has served as an inn and as a prison.

Kursumli An was built in the 15th or 16th century. There were stables for 100 horses.

The walls form a square but roof consists of pyramid-shaped domes. The domes were originally covered in lead, and this is why the serai is called “Lead Bazaar.” Ground floor rooms were used for storage, upper floor for sleeping quarters. The building also featured rooms for livestock.

Did You Know?

Fact #2

The city had changed its name four times throughout the centuries, being called Skupi (13 year B.C), Justinijana Prima (5th, 6th century), Skopje (7th century) and Ushkup (14th century).

Fact #1

After Macedonia was liberated from the Turks’ sway in the early 20th century, it became a Republic of the Yugoslav Federation with Skopje as its capital.

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