The Stone Bridge over Vardar river, Skopje
The Stone Bridge, across the Vardar River, connects the Old Bazaar to Macedonia Square in the new part of the city. The bridge, built in the 15th century under Sultan Murad, was built of stone blocks, which has helped it survive the fires and earthquakes Skopje has seen. The Stone Bridge is considered a symbol of Skopje and is the main element of the coat of arms of the city, which in turn is incorporated in the city's flag.
Next to the bridge is the Karposh monument. Karposh’s Uprising was an anti-Ottoman uprising in the Central Balkans that took place in 1689, encouraged by Emperor Leopold I of Austria, who accorded Karposh the title King of Kumanovo together with the ceremonial helmet. After fierce battles the Ottomans took Kriva Palanka, the rebel stronghold, and Kumanovo. Karposh was captured, removed to Skopje, and put to death on the Stone Bridge.