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Skopje's Controversial Facelift

Since 2010, Macedonian authorities have been revamping the capital, Skopje, after decades of neglect. The Skopje 2014 project should give the city plenty of new municipal buildings, including museums, theaters, and concert halls. Dozens of new statues are also being erected to commemorate the nation's heroes. Although supporters of the initiative claim it will inject some new life into Skopje's rather drab socialist atmosphere, critics say a country as poor as Macedonia could find better uses for the tens of millions of dollars being spent on the overhaul. (13 PHOTOS)

Soldiers unveil a statue of late Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, who died in a plane crash in 2004.
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Soldiers unveil a statue of late Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, who died in a plane crash in 2004.

A woman lights a candle at a statue of Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu), who was born in Skopje in 1910.
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A woman lights a candle at a statue of Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu), who was born in Skopje in 1910.

An enormous statue of Alexander of Macedon (commonly known as Alexander the Great) has been erected in Skopje's main square.
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An enormous statue of Alexander of Macedon (commonly known as Alexander the Great) has been erected in Skopje's main square.

The Strength, Glory and Victory statue at Skopje Fortress
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The Strength, Glory and Victory statue at Skopje Fortress

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