Where in the world?

Here’s a photo of a mystery city sent in by David W. Do you know where it is and which languages are spoken there?

Mystery city

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13 Responses to Where in the world?

  1. Jason Frost says:

    Is it Luxembourg? I was just there a couple months ago and I’m trying to remember if I’ve seen these places. The old castle walls are what’s going it for me…They speak Luxembourgish, French, and German there.

  2. James K says:

    Hi Jason,

    The only thing is that there’s a hamam (bath-house) in the foreground, one that looks rather Ottoman to me. Beyond that, I have no idea which city. In the Balkans somewhere?

  3. Jason Frost says:

    James,

    Ooh, you got me. That building didn’t look very Luxembourgish to me anyway.

  4. Jonathan K says:

    Hmmm….how about Sofia, where Bulgarian is spoken? It was once under Ottoman rule.

  5. Ben says:

    Istanbul? The walls look familiar.
    They’d speak Turkish there, of course.

  6. Simon says:

    Jonathan and James are getting close to the answer. It’s not Luxembourg, by the way.

  7. Ephrat says:

    What about Romania? (Romanian)

  8. renato figueiredo says:

    First of all I never had the opportunity to visit Europe. The only countries I know are Uruguay, Argentina and Bolívia, anyway I would quick in Albania, or former Yugoslavia, specially Bósnia.

  9. James K says:

    Could it be Skopje in Macedonia? The languages would be Macedonian and Albanian, mostly.

  10. Travis says:

    The domed structure in the foreground has to be Ottoman. I bet the others are correct in referring to the Balkans, but I’m going to take a wild guess. Cyprus. I’ve never been there but know it is also a mix of Turkish and Greek cultures. Interestingly, some of the buildings look deceptively Western European. That little “cafe” with awning to the left of the hamam-like structure, could blend in on Paris’ left bank :)

  11. Simon says:

    James has got it – it is indeed Скопје (Skopje), the capital of the Republic of Macedonia.

    The name Skopje comes from the Latin Skupi, the word for ‘hut’ in the language of the Paionian people, who are thought to have founded the city during the 3rd century BC.

  12. TJ says:

    could it be that they are the same people that produced Alexander the Great?

  13. Aeneas says:

    I’m not up on the current state of the debate, but it’s my understanding that there’s a difference between ancient and modern Macedonians.

    The ancient Macedonians were part of Koine-speaking Greek world, although it’s not clear whether they originally spoke a Greek dialect or a different language altogether.

    Modern Macedonians are Slavic-speaking people. Now the great controversy is in the name, Macedonia. Current Macedonians claim that even though they don’t speak Greek, they’re actual descendants of ancient Macedonians. Northern Greeks, on the other hand, claim that they’re the real Macedonians, and that their Slav neighbors to the north do ont have the right to call themselves so….

    I think that’s pretty much the gist of the debate, but don’t shoot me if I’m wrong!