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“Very good for surprising and sad reasons”

Ancient Town of Scupi
Roseville, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
229 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Very good for surprising and sad reasons”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

This is easy to get to by car, not easy to get to by foot, though there is a city bus line that does run past (I saw one go by, just not sure of the number...I think it was in the 20s). There are two parts, each surrounded by fences. The lower part is larger, containing the primary city areas that have been excavated, including the basilica (which was sizable). In this area are also the modern buildings and the collection of Roman tombstones. This is the area where the dogs are, and although I was there on a Saturday afternoon in June, it wasn't open (I saw a man inside the building...caretaker?) You can see a good bit of it from the fence, esp. at the eastern edge, where you're looking down on parts of it. The separate, upper part contains the Roman theater from the 2nd century A.D. Because there is a modern cemetery on the other side of this, the big gate was open and we were able to walk around this part. This was what I found sad because there has been an archaeological dig going on, but it all sat unprotected (and barely protected from the elements). There were a few shards of pottery lying loose on the ground, as well as maybe a dozen skeletons, including a baby's, only half covered by black plastic bags. Please go with strong ethics: do not disturb or remove anything from the site. It can't be worth anything to you but it is part of Skopje's cultural history. It is rare enough of an opportunity to examine ancient skeletons in situ...pretty amazing in a way.

Visited June 2014
4 Thank pdwschmidt
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Pristina, Kosovo
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Completely neglected”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

Walked there from city centre - quite a lot of kilometres along very trafficked roads with no sidewalks, I would not advise other to do the same - to find these ruins in poor conditions, not open to visits and with barking dogs not even allowing me to get too close to the fences! I think Roman past simply does not fit well in the new nationalistic revival... what a pity.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Aletrotter
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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Nice but not tourist friendly”
Reviewed 9 November 2013 via mobile

Ancient town of Scubi maybe some day it will be a great attraction for the tourist but until the last week is not. Just a ancient ruins of the Scupi without tourist guide all fanced and you can not enter. Maybe this ancient town is waiting for a better days or decades haha

Visited November 2013
1 Thank avijacijamk
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