Pronounced Pron. SKAW-pyeh(Macedonian) SKAWP-yee(English) SKAWP-yay(English) SKO-pyee(English) SKO-pyay(English) [key·IPA]
Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia. The current name of the city comes from Scupi, which was the name of the Dardanian settlement (and later of the Roman colony) located nearby, which derives from Greek: Σκοῦποι, Skoupoi. The meaning of that name is unknown, but probably derives from the Greek ἐπίσκοπος - episkopos, i.e. episcopus (lit. "watcher, observer"; cf. the modern English adjective episcopal), referring to its position on a high place, from which the whole place could be observed.