Thursday, November 16, 2006

Tetovo Macedonia

The painted mosque

Our work in Kosovo done we headed to Macedonia for a fast weekend of sightseeing. First stop was Tetovo at the foot of the Šar mountains. Supposedly it means "Teto's place" and Teto was a hero who cleared the town of snakes -- which I know many people such as my mother and sister probably appreciated.

We stopped to take pictures of the amazing painting mosque. It dates from the 15th century and I read somewhere where they calculated how many eggs it took to come up with the tempura paint used in the elaborate designs and swirls all over the building.

Next door was a little cafe where we had machiattos and tost -- which turned out to be a pocket of toasted bread with cheese and a little red sauce inside.

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