Skopje Turkish Bazaar, the lifeblood of Macedonia's capital, Skopje, is the biggest bazaar of the Balkans. This place, also known as Old Bazaar, runs along the wide area between Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (Stone Bridge), Mustafa Pasha Mosque and Skopje Castle.
Skopje founded on two banks of the Vardar River, is called Üsküp in Turkish language. This is a place where we do not feel alienated by its historical and cultural characteristics.
There were 2,150 shops in the bazaar which has a covered bazaar, domed venues, four main streets in the 1600s. Jewelery, handbag, bookshop, boutique, souvenir shop and artisans, as well as different professional groups are also all together at the bazaar.
At the bazaar where 12 mosques were located in the past, only Murat Pasha and Mustafa Pasha mosques are standing today. In Murat Pasha Mosque restored by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), it is possible to hear the sermons in Turkish. Mosque garden where Muslims who visited the city showed their interest outside workship hours, overflows in every hour of the day.
The Old Bazaar, where 712 shops today operate including the covered bazaar, has been adversely affected by economic crises in recent history. The bazaar, which has had its share of the efforts to create official history and identity in Macedonia, has been incapacitated because of especially foreign tourist groups are kept away from the region.