Centar Municipality is one of the ten municipalities in the City of Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, and it is the central core of the city and the entire country. Its inhabitants lovingly call it the heart of Skopje, since it is located in the most beautiful part of the city. Prior the new territorial organization (2005) the municipality counted 85,021 inhabitants, and by transferring of part of its territory to the Municipality of Chair, the population almost halved, decreasing to 45,412 inhabitants, of which 85.4% are Macedonians, Albanians 3.2, 1% Turks and others. The population density is 5,676 people per square kilometer. The Municipality Center now covers an area of ten square kilometers (10 km2) and it is one of the most densely populated municipalities in the country. The altitude is 320 meters above sea level. Centar Municipality retains some of the oldest urban neighborhoods, such as Madzir Maalo, Bunjakovec, Novo Maalo, Debar Maalo, Pajko Maalo and many others. Unfortunately, only Novo Maalo to some degree preserved its authentic look, while the rest are all converted into actual urban cores.
Due to its location and significance, the municipality of Centar is being visited every day by thousands of visitors and tourists from the country and abroad. The municipality actually hosts most of the institutions of administrative, political, educational, cultural and commercial character, as well as residential parts. Here we may find: the Parliament, the Government, most of the ministries, the Parliament of the City of Skopje, part of the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, the National and University Library “St. Clement of Ohrid (St. Kliment Ohridski)”, the City Shopping Center, the City Park, the Macedonian National Theatre, the Opera and Ballet, the three main city cinema theaters, the event venue “Universal Hall”, many museums and other places of interest.
Additionally, the historical monuments present a crucial part as well, making the municipality a small trove of artefacts from many ages, dating from the Romans until modern days. Among these monuments we may include the old Skopje Fortress, the church “St. Spas”, the Stone Bridge and the architectural structures as: Ristic Palace, Shkaperda house, the old railway station and many other facilities.