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Lake Ohrid and Skopje

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Top contributor Minglam put together this awesome aerial tour of the the two most well known areas of the Balkan nation of Macedonia.  The first part of the video is shot around Lake Ohrid, the large lake which forms part of the border with Albania to the west.  The lake is not only spectacularly beautiful but it's dotted with many sites of cultural interest, also shown in the video.  The film then transitions to Skopje, Macedonia's capital city, which lies in a valley in the northern part of the country.

Skopje's Macedonia Square

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Alexander The Great - Macedonia Square, Skopje


Check out this beautiful drone video of the central square of Skopje, Macedonia, compliments of contributor afterdaark.  Macedonia Square is in many respects the cultural heart of the country, which was part of the Yugoslav Federation until that country dissolved in the early 1990's.  The centerpiece of the square is a giant statue of Alexander the Great, the most famous of all Macedonians.  Erected in 2011, the statue stands 24 meters (about 80 ft.) above the city's streets.  

Macedonia's Lake Ohrid

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Lake Ohrid Coastline

Uncle Damn

Lake Ohrid is one of the most spectacular bits of natural scenery in the Balkans.  One of the largest lakes in the region, it forms part of the border between Macedonia and Albania.  Lake Ohrid is one of a handful of UNESCO World Heritage sites to be designated as both a natural and cultural site.  In this video, top contributor and drone pilot Uncle Damn gives us a bird's eye view of the area around the city of Ohrid on the lake's northeastern shore, one of the most popular destinations on this deep, crystal blue lake.

Skopje:: Macedonia's Capital City

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Check out this fascinating drone video of the Macedonian capital city of Skopje, compliments of contributor Betim Berisha.  The largest city of this Southeast European country, it's located in its northern region.  Skopje is situated on the Vardar River, along one of the most important historical routes connecting Greece to the rest of the Balkan Peninsula.  The home of some of the oldest inhabited areas of Europe, Skopje has been an important town in the region since the Antiquity.  

The Makedonium Monument

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'ALIEN' Monument

Uncle Damn

Top contributor Uncle Damn took an amazing dronie shot from an important monument in his home country of Macedonia.  It's called the Ilinden (or, variously, the Makedonium), and was completed in 1974.  It's situated in Kruševo, near the center of the country, which has the distinction of being Macedonia's highest town.  The monument is related to the anniversaries of two important events in the country's history, one in the early 20th century and another during its Nazi occupation in World War II.  

Skiing in Macedonia

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Freeride Ski at National Park Galicica - Ohrid Macedonia by 2S & Ski Macedonia


While it is not as prominent as other alpine areas, the mountains of Macedonia in Europe's Balkan region offer spectacular skiing opportunities.  Most of the country is covered in steep hills and mountains, with the greatest concentrations in its northwestern and southern regions.  Stojan2s created this epic drone video from a ski trip to the Galicica National Park ski area, situated in the soutwestern corner of the country near the famous Lake Ohrid.  

Matka Canyon

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Matka Canyon - North Macedonia


Here's a nice aerial view of a well-known canyon in the Southeast European country of Macedonia (also called North Macedonia).  It's alle Matka Canyon, and it's located just to the west of the Macedonian capital city of Skopje.  The area is perhaps best known for its ten caves, as well as its  large artificial lake, numerous hiking trails, and ancient monasteries.  Matka Canyon is one of the most popular attractions in this former (and comparatively little-known) member of the now-dissolved Yugoslav Federation.  

Lake Ohrid's Bay of Bones

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Gulf of bones -Oxrid -Macedonia


Lake Ohrid forms part of the border between the countries of Albania and Macedonia in Southeastern Europe.  Between 1200 and 600 BC, the lake was home to a civilization which built on a platform anchored to the lake bed with thousands of piles.  This rather fascinating bit of history was undercovered as part of an archaelogical expedition in the late 1990's.  In this drone video by ilieskispire, you'll get an aerial view of this so called "Gulf of Bones" on the Macedonian side of the lake.  

Profile of Uncle Damn

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The Drone Dish: Uncle Damn

The Drone Dish

In this episode of the Drone Dish, host Tyler Mason catches up with noted drone pilot and aerial videographer  Damjan Petreski, aka Uncle Damn, who hails from the Southeast European nation of Macedonia.  His work is well featured in the AirVuz Macedonia collection, as well as other collections related to his travels around the world.  Hear him talk about his work in Macedonia and elsewhere, as well as his love of the sport of stand-up-paddleboarding.