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Interesting Facts about North Macedonia

North Macedonia Interesting Facts

North Macedonia, officially the Republic of North Macedonia, is a country in Europe. Here are some interesting facts about North Macedonia:

  • Alexander the Great, king of the former kingdom of Macedonia, was the first world-class conqueror to expand his empire through Greece and Persia to India and Egypt. In his time, the Kingdom of Macedonia was the most powerful state in the world.
  • According to NASA, Kokino in North Macedonia is the fourth oldest astronomical observatory in the world, while the three oldest are in Egypt, UK, and Cambodia.
  • Ohrid Lake in North Macedonia is the oldest and one of the deepest lakes in Europe.
  • Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, North Macedonia, but she was Albanian.
  • North Macedonia is the only country to gain independence from Yugoslavia without shedding a single drop of blood. The country gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
  • North Macedonia is one of the most mountainous countries in the world.
  • The former official name of Macedonia was the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
  • Skopje has been rebuilt several times because of the earthquakes and wars.
  • The Millennium Cross in Skopje is the largest cross in the world. It is a 66 meters high cross located on the top of Mount Vodno.
  • There are over 1,000 churches and monasteries across the North Macedonia.
  • Macedonia became the first wireless country in the world in 2005. In just four years, the country has transformed from one of the poorest countries in Europe to one of the most technologically advanced.
  • Cyrillic, the writing system used in the countries of Eurasia came from Macedonia. It is used as a national script in the Slavic, Turkic, Mongolian, Uralic and Iranian-speaking countries of Southeast Europe.
  • North Macedonia is one of the oldest inhabited regions in Europe.
  • North Macedonia has parts of the cross on which Jesus was crucified.
  • Ohrid is a small city in Macedonia has 365 churches (one for every day of the year).
  • There is a cave in Macedonia that looks almost exactly like the one in Lord of the Rings.
  • The deepest underwater cave in the world is located in the Canyon of Matka, North Macedonia.
  • The only ruby mine in Europe is in North Macedonia.
  • Macedonia hosts the world's only thallium mine.
  • North Macedonia has two flags. When Macedonia became an independent country, its flag was different from what you see today. Both had the same color combination and both had a yellow sun on a red background.
  • The Republic of North Macedonia borders with Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, Serbia and Kosovo to the north, and Albania to the west.

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