Skopje is the capital and largest city in the country of Macedonia (not to be confused the with Greek province of Macedonia). It is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence in 1991. The territory of Skopje has been inhabited since at least 4000 BC. The city developed rapidly after World War II, but this trend was interrupted in 1963 when it was hit by a disastrous earthquake. Today’s visitor can see a huge revitalization of the area around Macedonia Plaza with new archway, museums, artwork, pavements and modern offices.