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‘Kruševo - Makedonium’


When hearing about Kruševo many Macedonians will immediately think of the Ilinden Uprising.
This uprising is also well known in some other Balkan countries.

The Ilinden Uprising of 1903 was an organized revolt against the Ottoman Empire and lasted from the beginning of August to the end of October and covered a vast territory from the eastern Black Sea coast to the shores of Lake Ohrid on the western border of North Macedonia.

In my very first photo of Kruševo (taken from the forest) you could see a strangely large white building in the distance.
That is the Makedonium or the Ilinden Memorial Complex, a rather unusual building in terms of design.
Today I show you two pictures from closer and also one of its interior that has remained quite sober.

The monument was established on August 2, 1974. It symbolizes the invincibility, the struggle and the eternal aspiration of the Macedonian people for freedom and an independent state.
The building has a rounded shape with protruding oval windows. The upper windows are made of stained glass.

Inside the building you find the tomb of Nikola Karev, president of the Kruševo Republic (the republic proclaimed by the rebels in 1903 after their victory over the Ottomans but that republic didn’t last long).
Also a bust of the singer Toše Proeski, the Macedonian singer who was very popular in all countries of the former Yugoslavia but who died at the age of 26 in a car accident. Remember Chris Jules's recent question about the memorial he found in the centre of Prilep.
Toše Proeski was born in Prilep but his family came from nearby Kruševo.

I couldn't find any information about the curious foreground of my main photo. Only that it's called the amphitheatre.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6817 W: 24 N: 16082] (63010)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2018-07-22
  • Exposure: 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2022-01-06 11:29
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