Tauresium – Ancient site near Skopje

Tauresium (Тауресиум) is an ancient city (Roman and Byzantine) whose ruins and remnants of walls are located at the site “Gradiste”, above the village Taor, 20 km southeast of Skopje .


Museum of the city of Skopje
st. Mito Hadzi Vasilev Jasmin bb
1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
phone: +389 (0)2 3114 742
mob: +389 (0)75 298 002
E-mail: contact@tauresium.info;

Coordinates:   41°54’0″N   21°36’46″E

This ancient city is presumed birthplace of the famous Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (483-565).
Today communication from Skopje to Taor village goes through two routes. The first is towards the South and connects the site with Skopje trough Vardar River bridge and village Oresani, while the second route is 3.5 km long, and connects with highway E 75.
In Roman times the two modern approaches constituted the main Vardar route (Via Adzhia) which was passing at the northern foot of Tauresium, which from Skupi through Stobi was directed towards Thessaloniki.

The ancient settlement was first recorded by English explorer, writer and archaeologist Arthur Evans hundred years ago, which had recognized Tauresiuma as birthplace of Emperor Justinian I (527-565), recorded by the ancient author Procopius.

Archaeological investigations of the settlement started in 2000 by the Museum of the City of Skopje and continue to take place today.

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