WPC – Stopped Clock in Skopje

This Skopje clock stopped during the 1963 earthquake.

This week’s photo challenge is about time.  At the old train station in Skopje, Macedonia (which is now the City Museum), time stands still.  You see, a huge earthquake hit the city at 5:17 am on July 29, 1963, and the forceful tremors caused this Skopje clock to stop working.  Of course, the tremors also caused all sorts of other extensive damage (approximately 80% of the city’s buildings were destroyed), and in the days, weeks and months following the quake nations from around the world pitched in to help Skopje rebuild.  Today, Skopje is a vibrant city with interesting architecture, good food and friendly people; I strongly recommend visiting Skopje for two or three days during your Balkan backpacking trip!


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