Skopentzana was as old as Videssos the city and as beautiful in its own way. It lay to the far northeast on the south side of the River Anazarbos below the headwaters and thus accessible from the sea. It was wealthy and its inhabitants looked down on those from the City as provincials since they did not know of events in nearby Halogaland or among the Khamorth.
The buildings were constructed of the local yellow sandstone and timbers with steeply pitched roofs to keep off the deep winter snow. The city square had the chief temple of Phos on one side and the city eparch's residence on the other. While many provincial cities' temples had copied the High Temple of the City with its vast central dome, Skopentzana used its own native style. To a visitor from the City, it looked like a vast ship's hull had been inverted and used as the roof. This was close to the truth since its design was inspired by a Haloga longhouse which commonly used a hull of a ship too decrepit to sail as its roof.
The square itself was filled with statues of locally famous Videssians constructed of marble, bronze or local sandstone. However, it was dominated by a larger than life bronze of the Avtokrator Stavrakios. The other statues seemed to look to him for permission to stand there.