Sunday 10 November 2019

Balkan Travel Pt 6: [North Macedonia] Skopje, A City Of Multifarious Statues

The first thing I ever learned about the capital and largest city of Macedonia was how to correctly pronounce it. The correct pronunciation for this intriguing city is 'Skopi-yey' which sounds cool indeed.
Skopje is quaint and unique and I think I like it a lot. When I did my walking tour around this city I couldn't help but noticed the abundance of statues. They are found at almost every nook and corner of the city prompting me to find out the reason for their existence. I learned that there was a project called 'Skopje 2014' which was financed by the then-Macedonian Government to construct 20 new buildings and over 40 statues with the purpose of giving Skopje a makeover with a more classical appeal. Skopje was mostly destroyed by a 1963 earthquake and the restoration which was modernistic in nature was deemed lacking in such appeal. Skopje 2014 Project which was executed between 2010 -2014 is said to have cost a whopping Euro 500 million. The project was intended to give a boost to the national identity and bolster tourism and I opine, it is money well spent considering the eye-popping effect emanated each time I passed by a newly built monument. The Macedonians think otherwise though, saying it is sheer wastage of public fund. 

This post shows images of some of the statues and some new buildings I encountered during my walking tour. While some of the statues depict significant historical figures, some are just quirky or thought-evoking sculptures to be admired.

Monument to Fallen Heroes for Macedonia
 ASNOM Monument
Founders of VMRO Monument

Tsar Samuil Monument & Newly Constructed Buildings
Tsar Samuil Monument 
 Alexander the Great Monument aka Warrior On A Horse Monument 
Fountain Of Alexander The Great Monument @ Macedonia Main Square
Monument of the Defenders of Macedonia 
Porta Macedonia, a triumphal arch located in Pella Square is one of Skopje 2014 construction.

 Monument of Karpo┼í against the backdrop of a Skopje Project building.
Statue Of Philip II of Macedonia aka Warrior Monument
Lion Statue At Fountain of Warrior Monument
 The Mothers of Macedonia Monument
  Fountain of the Mothers of Macedonia And Philip II Monument at the posterior
Justinian I Monument
Monument of the 'Gemidzii' which are important Macedonian historical figures Across Vardar RiverAgency for Electronic Communications and Archaeological Museum
Horses Fountain
 Monument of Kiril and Metodij 
Mother Teresa Monument
Woman In Bikini And Feet Of Drowning Man Statues At River Vardar
Monument of Vasil Jakalarov
Gotse Delchev Monument
Four Quirky Men Statues
 New Buildings - Part of Project Skopje 2014 at Macedonia Main Square
There are many more monuments not posted here. I wish I had the time to seek each and every one out as I find them quite fascinating.

Related Posts: Click To View
Balkan Travel Pt 1: [ Romania] Bucharest Sightseeing
Balkan Travel Pt 2: [Romania] Bucharest Walking Tour
Balkan Travel Pt 3: [Romania] Peles Castle , Dracula's Castle & Romanian Scenery
Balkan Travel Pt 4: Bulgaria Attractions
Balkan Travel Pt 5: [Bulgaria] Sofia Attractions
Balkan Travel Pt 6: [North Macedonia] Skopje A City Of Mutifarious Statues
Balkan Travel Pt 7: [North Macedonia] Memorable Moments In Skopje
Balkan Travel Pt 8: [North Macedonia] Ohrid Photo Gallery
Balkan Travel Pt 9: [Albania] Glimpses Of Albania and Its Capital City Tirana
Balkan Travel Pt 10: [Albania] Walking Tour Of Tirana
Balkan Travel Pt 11: Montenegro Scenic Drive
Balkan Travel Pt 12: The Charms Of Koto Montenegro
Balkan Travel Pt 13: [Montenegro] The Old Town Of Kotor Photo Gallery
Balkan Travel Part 14: [Croatia] The Charms Of Dubrovnik
Balkan Travel Pt 15: [Croatia] The Old Town Of Dubrovnik
Balkan Travel Part 16: [Croatia] The Elaphiti Islands Of Dubrovnik
Balkan Travel Part 17: [Croatia] Plitvice National Park Photo Gallery
Balkan Travel Part 18: [Croatia] Rastoke Villagel

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