The first of what would be a gazillion statues in Skopje! This one was in front of the
Right across the street was a pretty big park with a few dozen more, I kid you not! I think it was called the Park of the Woman Warrior, according to our hostel owner, but we saw no statue like that. This one, however, sure looked neat whatever it was!
Unfortunately though, recent political unrest has lead to this and other monuments in the park being hit with balloons filled with paint. It is sad when politics intrude on the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The statue represented self-sacrifice in the form of Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods. The statue of Prometheus was first naked, but, after complaints by women's organizations, he was given underwear. It was the same story with the statue in Belgrade, Serbia, a few weeks back in the trip.
There was just one monument after another.
Protests in the form of paintballs. The words 'Never More' were stenciled on this one.
We could only imagine what it would be like when it’s completed. To say we were stupefied by what we saw as we entered the square is an understatement. The huge Alexander the Great Fountain was the focal point of the square.
Zachary: Notice the gorgeous Marriott Hotel in the lovely square. Too bad we didn't try and use your family discount there! Bet it would have been a lot nicer than the Hostel Atlantik.
A pirate ship - whatever is next?!
Young Jews, often without family responsibilities, widely supported armed resistance. Most members of the Zionist Youth Organization became partisans. Some 1,500 Jews died fighting to liberate Yugoslavia.
The Church's adjoining Bell Tower:
We strolled next around the old Turkish neighborhood of Carsija. The old bazaar has been a center for trade and merchants since as early as the 12th century and nowadays it represents an iconic heritage site for the city. It is a vivid representation of the country's past and its inheritance from the
It was just enchanting walking around the almost deserted cobblestoned streets as it was getting late.
After only being in Skopje for half a day, we figured it must be among Europe's most entertaining and ecletic small capital cities. While the government's huge construction spree has sparked controversy in recent years, Skopje's abundance of statues, monuments, museums and other structures had me snapping photos like never before!
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