BALKANS > Macedonian capital gets new king-sized statue

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A crane lifts a 13-meter-high bronze Statue of Philip II of Macedonia. AFP photo

A crane lifts a 13-meter-high bronze Statue of Philip II of Macedonia. AFP photo

Macedonia has started building another king-sized statue of an ancient ruler of Greece in the heart of the capital, Skopje.

Once completed, the 13-meter (42-foot) bronze effigy of Philip II of Macedon will face an equestrian colossus of his son, Alexander the Great, a couple of hundred meters away. Philip will stand on a 16-meter (52-foot) plinth.

Left-wing opposition parties have criticized the twin project as a monumental waste of money that promotes nationalism.

But the conservative government argues that it is an important urban regeneration scheme.

The project is also expected to annoy many in neighboring Greece, which has a 21-year dispute with Macedonia and claims that the country's name implies claims on its own northern province of Macedonia. Macedonians consider Philip and Alexander as part of their heritage.


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dimos vevelekos

6/21/2012 1:27:07 PM

dont forget our neighborhood, we were a pillar of stability for two decades when the northern balkan were in flames. As for fyrom, the name indicates clearly the aspirations on the Aegean Sea. at least we dont have hidden skeletons in our closets like the most of our neighbors (just think about it)

john albay

5/27/2012 6:18:14 PM

@vangelis, so you should dont forget your mother was a woman as is your wife and daughter! always respect women.

Vangelis Denaxas

5/26/2012 4:10:22 PM

albay At least we respect our women and we don't kill them or beat them...

john albay

5/24/2012 12:17:22 PM

@Dorus Macedonia is a very nice country with nice people who are fed up with greeks trying to tell them what to do and how they should call their country. The greek is always causing trouble everywhere be it in Macedonia or in cyprus,that is why greece is a BANKRUPT and FAILED state!


5/23/2012 9:07:01 AM

Skopje is a pathetic state that needs to 'steal' the history of others in order to keep nationalism alive. If not it will fall apart due to ethnic difference among Slavs and Albanians...
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