Millennium Cross

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For the cross of the same name in Amesbury, England, see List of public art in Wiltshire § Amesbury.
The Millennium Cross

The Millennium Cross (Macedonian: Милениумски крст, Mileniumski krst) is a 66-metre (217 ft) high cross situated on the top of the Vodno Mountain in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. It was constructed to serve as a memorial of 2,000 years of Christianity in Macedonia and the world.

Construction[edit]

View of the Millennium Cross from the center of Skopje.

The construction of the cross began in 2002 and was funded by the Macedonian Orthodox Church, the Macedonian government and donations from Macedonians from all over the world. The cross was built on the highest point of the Vodno mountain on a place known since the time of the Ottoman Empire as "Krstovar", meaning "Place of the cross", as there was a smaller cross situated there. On 8 September 2008, the independence day of the Republic of Macedonia, an elevator was installed inside the cross. In 2009, a restaurant and a souvenir shop were opened next to the cross.[1] In 2011 the Millennium Cross ropeway was opened, and is three and a half kilometres long.[2] At night the cross shines down over the city.

Millennium Cross Cable Car[edit]

Millennium Cross ropeway

The Millennium Cross Cable Car (Macedonian: Жичница „Милениумски крст“, in Latin alphabet: Žičnica "Mileniumski krst") is a cableway that runs to the 66 metre-high Millennium Cross situated on the top of the Vodno Mountain in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, one of the biggest crosses in the world.

Construction[edit]

View of the cable car in the top

The ropeway includes 28 regular gondolas for eight persons and two VIP gondolas for four people. The route is 1,750m long, with the ride lasting 6–8 minutes.

The ropeway construction was launched in May 2010 and cost 6,7 million euros, built by Austrian company Doppelmayr.[3]

See also[edit]

View from Skopje City Mall

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vest newspaper (Macedonian) Archived April 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ MIA
  3. ^ MIA

Coordinates: 41°57′54″N 21°23′40″E / 41.965098°N 21.394549°E / 41.965098; 21.394549