Macedonia’s Millennium Cross

The Millennium Cross is a monument in Macedonia. It rises from the peak of Vodno Mountain – overlooking Skopje, the nation’s capital.

Funded largely by the Macedonian Orthodox Church, construction of the monument began in 2002. The idea was that it would celebrate 2,000 years of Christianity, and at 66 metres in height I had locals telling me it was the largest cross anywhere in Europe. Maybe it is, I don’t know… but I couldn’t help but smile every time I heard that. Each of the Balkan countries claims to have the largest, tallest, or highest of something; it’s an accolade you tend to hear quite often in this part of the world.

There are buses and ski lifts going up to the top of the mountain, but I decided to walk instead. It was a pleasant day, and the views over Skopje made the three-hour walk entirely worthwhile. Three hours, that is, when allowing time to explore various abandoned buildings on the way up.

The cross itself was fitted with a lift in 2008, on Macedonia’s Independence Day. I didn’t go up to the top though, I was happy to wander about the base of the cross and take in the views: the city on one side, and rolling green valleys to the other.

Skopje Mountain-1

Skopje Mountain-2

Skopje Mountain-3

Skopje Mountain-4

Skopje Mountain-6Skopje Mountain-5

Skopje Mountain-7

Skopje Mountain-8

Skopje Mountain-9

Skopje Mountain-10

Skopje Mountain-11

Skopje Mountain-12Skopje Mountain-14

Skopje Mountain-13

Skopje Mountain-15Skopje Mountain-16

Skopje Mountain-17

Skopje Mountain-18

Support The Bohemian Blog on Patreon

The Exclusion Zone.

The Bohemian Blog is bigger than it looks. In fact, there’s a whole restricted area hidden away behind the public pages… a space where patrons of the site can access exclusive content, book previews and private image galleries. It’s called The Exclusion Zone. Just sponsor me the equivalent of a cup of coffee for each new article I post, and I’ll send you the password. Check out my page on Patreon to find out more about the perks of getting involved.

Post a comment