Skopje was badly destroyed during the earthquake in 1963, 80% of the city was damaged back then. Now colourful yet broken tiles spread all over the place remind of this tragic events that have changed the city forever. In 2010 the new project, supported and financed by the Macedonian Government, was launched. The aim of it is to give Skopje a new, more classical look by the end of 2014. You can find out more about the project when googling „Skopje 2014”. When I visited the Macedonian capital in November 2014 a lot of works were still under construction and the main square of the city was partly closed to the pedestrians…
One of the main purposes of the project, besides brand new neoclassical buildings, were monumental monuments showing some of the most important people for Macedonia. There’s Alexander the Great, Mother Theresa (did you know she was born in Skopje?) or Justinian I just to name few. But besides the well known figures there are also monuments that confused me a lot and even if I tried really hard to understand their meaning I failed big time. I’m talking about shopaholic girls, dog with the crown or swimmers jumping into the Vardar River…
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I really wish to know how many monuments exactly are in Skopje but it’s not so easy to count them. There were places where, from the point I was standing in, I could count some 20 monuments around me. The Art Bridge itself has 29 sculptures of well known Macedonian artists and musicians! I felt so overwhelmed by most of these monuments and I really am wondering what the architect and people approving this project were really thinking. But on the other hand – the crazy architecture of Skopje makes the city so unique and well worth a visit! Just take a look!
What do you think of these monuments? Are they cool or just kitschy? Would you like to visit Macedonia?
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