Ilinden (memorial)

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Macedonian: Илинден
Македониум - Крушево.jpg
ArtistJordan Grabuloski and Iskra Grabuloska
Year1974 (1974)
Coordinates41°22′39″N 21°14′54″E / 41.3774°N 21.2484°E / 41.3774; 21.2484Coordinates: 41°22′39″N 21°14′54″E / 41.3774°N 21.2484°E / 41.3774; 21.2484

Ilinden, also known as Makedonium (Macedonian: Споменик „Илинден“ or Македониум), is a monument in Kruševo, North Macedonia. It was officially opened on August 2 of 1974, on the 30th anniversary of the Second Session of the Anti-fascist Assembly for the National Liberation of Macedonia and the 71st anniversary of the 1903 Ilinden uprising.[1] The designers of the monument are Jordan Grabuloski and Iskra Grabuloska.

It is dedicated to all the fighters and revolutionaries who participated in the Ilinden uprising, as well as soldiers-partisans of the Macedonia National Liberation Struggle 1941-1944.


The monument's grounds cover 5 hectares (12 acres). The building has a rounded shape with protruding oval windows. The upper windows are made of stained glass.

Inside the dome is the tomb of Nikola Karev, president of the Kruševo Republic, and the bust of the singer Toše Proeski. The interior of the dome has four windows, each facing a different direction including the locations associated with the Ilinden-related events ″Sliva″ Memorial, Bear stone and Pelagonija.[2]

The memorial complex also features a plateau with series of sculptures named "Breaking the Chains", symbolizing freedom won in the liberation wars. There is also a crypt with the carved names and important events related to the period before, during and after the Ilinden uprising. The last component is the amphitheater decorated with colorful mosaics.


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  1. ^[permanent dead link], accessed on 7-9-2014
  2. ^ Memorials and museums, accessed on 7-9-2014

External links[edit]

Media related to Makedonium at Wikimedia Commons