The Cyrillic alphabet was created here in the 9th century, by monks Kliment and Naum- at the Slavic world’s first university, in Ohrid.
Macedonia boasts 16 mountain peaks higher than 2,000m (6,562 ft).
A Macedonian rose wine, Stanosina, has been cultivated since Roman times from grapes that only exist here.
Revered Catholic nun Mother Teresa was born in Macedonia, Skopje in 1910.
The 15th century ‘Painted Mosque’ in Tetovo is unique among Ottoman shrines for its hand-painted floral motifs
Macedonian mines are rich in minerals including gold, silver, rubies and the very rare lorandite- a mineral used by astrophysicists for detecting solar neutrino particles.
Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great was born in ancient Tauresium, south of Skopje, in 483 BC.
The megalithic observatory of Kokino, in northeastern Macedonia, is considered among the top four most important such sites by NASA.
Catfish in Macedonian lakes can reach up to 200 kilos in weight.