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My stay in Skopje was not long, but thanks to the warm hospitality of my hosts I was able to make the most of the free time I had there.
I remember rather vividly an article with many pictures that I saw in a magazine in 1973, when I was in my teens. It was about Skopje and those were the first pictures of that city that I can remember. The article was about the reconstruction of Skopje after it had been almost entirely destroyed by an earthquake ten years before. Skopje was described as a reborn city, like a Phoenix that rises again from its ashes. I was developing an interest for architecture at that time, so I was fascinated by the pictures, and by reading how the great Japanese architect Kenzo Tange had provided the master plan for the reconstruction of the city centre.
So when I visited Skopje many years later I had an opportunity to see how the ideas of Tange had become reality. He had planned the promenades by the river, with the intention of making them an important setting for the city life, and keeping the old stone bridge as a focal point for the city. Looking at the place during the weekend, and seeing people spend their leisure time there, I saw how right the idea was.
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