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News 03 Apr 13

Giant Mother Teresa Memorial to Loom Over Skopje

Leaked photos have revealed the possible visual appearance of the new 30-metre-high memorial dedicated to the Nobel Prize-winning nun that is to be erected in central Skopje.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic
BIRN
Skopje

Photo by: Libertas

The photographs, said to be taken from a small model of the memorial, dedicated to the late nun, who was born in Skopje, were published by the Libertas news portal.

Macedonian authorities have not commented on the photographs.

Officials laid the grounds for the new memorial in January.

“No matter what we do, we can never do enough for Mother Teresa”, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said in his speech at the ceremony.

The statement addresses the fact that Skopje already has a several-metre-high bronze statue of the nun, as well as a recently opened government sponsored memorial house.

The cash is coming from the Indian billionaire Subrata Roy who has other business ventures in Macedonia. During his visit to the country he proposed that the memorial be called the “Statue of Humanity”.

After the giant statue of Alexander the Great, erected in 2011, and another of his father, Philip, erected in May last year, Mother Teresa’s statue will be the third giant monument to adorn the centre of Skopje as part of the mostly government-funded “Skopje 2014” revamp.

No details about the cost of the new statue have yet been revealed.

Photo by: Libertas
Photo by: Libertas
Photo by: Libertas
Photo by: Libertas
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