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Skopje Erects Yet Another Controversial Statue

Visitors gather in front of the newly built Memorial House of Mother Teresa in Skopje on January 30, 2009, at the house's opening.
Visitors gather in front of the newly built Memorial House of Mother Teresa in Skopje on January 30, 2009, at the house's opening.
After the diplomatic uproar following the erection of a giant bronze statue of Alexander the Great a year ago, and then of his father, Philip of Macedon, last month, the latest monumental statue to be raised in the Macedonian capital is also of a person claimed by one of its neighbors.

Skopje's Centar district has announced that a 30-meter-tall statue of Mother Teresa, who was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in the city in 1910 when it was known as Uskup and was part of the Ottoman Empire, will be erected in Macedonia Square, near the statue of Alexander.

Her family had come from Shkoder in what is now Albania, however, and both her parents are said to have been born in Kosovo. Both Albania and Kosovo lay claim to Mother Teresa as well, with statues and museums, not to mention roads, airports, and public buildings named in her honor.

Skopje already has a bronze statue of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, and a memorial house on the site where she was baptized was opened in 2009. 

The proposed location has also aroused opposition from some residents. "The square already has enough monuments, so they should find another place for Mother Teresa," one local told Balkan Insight.

"It is way too close to Alexander. It makes no aesthetic sense," another pedestrian added.

At least the statue of Mother Teresa will be clothed and won't arouse Macedonians' puritanical instincts, like a nude statue of Prometheus outside the parliament building did recently.

Meanwhile, the Centar district also this week denied reports that it was to be renamed "Alexandria," a move that would probably lead to another round of frenzied name-calling with its neighbor to the south.

With NATO's Chicago summit this spring providing Greece with its latest opportunity to stonewall Macedonia's attempts to join over the issue of the country's name, local media speculated that some members of the district council found the idea attractive.

"These reports are not true and we take them as malicious," the Centar district said in a statement.

-- Dan Wisniewski
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Comment Sorting
by: Macedonian from: Skopje
June 21, 2012 11:11
What is controversial??????

She was born in Skopje!!!!!!
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by: Dulo
June 21, 2012 12:39

I agree, she was born in Shkup, Albania.
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by: Macedonia
June 21, 2012 14:44
She is an Albanian born in Skopje, modern day Republic of Macedonia. Macedonians know she is Albanian, we are not trying to claim her as a Macedonian by doing so, but she is a Skopjian like Justinian I of the Roman Empire
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by: DEDA CVETKO from: Nueva York
June 28, 2012 17:45
Skopje was never a part of Albania.


by: Dude
June 21, 2012 15:21
Yup, pure Albanian, as she stated herself in several occasions.

I find it more appropriate for Macedonians (or whatever they claim to be nowadays, but may change by next Monday), to erect a monument of Arsen Lupen, or some other thief, that will mark their unsatable thirst for stealing other nations history and personalities.
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by: Anonymous
June 21, 2012 17:00
This is offensive!
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by: Observer
June 21, 2012 18:44
>Yup, pure Albanian, as she stated
>herself in several occasions.

And? Actually, statues of Mother Theresa can be found in many countries already. Is it a problem for you?

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by: J from: US
June 22, 2012 12:06
Arsene Lupin! Ha-ha-ha. Dude, that's a name from my childhood era.

by: Alexander from: Skopje
June 21, 2012 17:06
First, no official decision has been made by the local authorities to build a new monument of Mother Teresa in Skopje.

No one credible in Macedonia claims that she was of a Macedonian nationality. She was of Albanian nationality, but she was respected by both Macedonians and Albanians in Macedonia, as she was in Albania, Kosovo and whole world.
Therefore, there is noting controversial in paying tribute to Mother Teresa in her home town.
Therefore I don't believe that someone steal something from it 's neighbors.
Mother Teresa belongs to the whole world and what we have here in Macedonia and in whole region is just a bad taste.

by: vwp from: earth
June 21, 2012 20:03
nice try...........when you get a reporter with a dry sense of humor( thats humor) and enough knowledge of the problems then ........let him/ this fluff piece. until then...................

by: Freethought from: Europe
June 22, 2012 07:42
Hey, I heard Aromanians say she's one of them.
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by: Anonymous
June 22, 2012 08:42
Granny Teresa is from Turkey, she is Turk.

Turkish-Envoy-Secret. One day all people of world will be Turk. One turk equal = all over the world.
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by: Ratko Cetnik from: Melbourne
July 03, 2012 23:54
Her parents were born in Serbia, went to Macedonia, all in all she was Yugoslavian, A Serbian Macedonian Catholic with Albanian heritage. End of story.
Sik Tir Lan, you are a goose!!

by: Rick from: Milan
June 22, 2012 23:28
where is the problem?

Is it possible that any opportunity is good for to debate
and put people each other against ?

And also RFE is not less
always there to blow on fire !

by: Anonymous
June 25, 2012 00:56
absurd - as everyone knows who Mother Teresa was, nonetheless less absurd than Alexander and Philip's statues, who were not even born there and were not even speaking neither the south-slavic idiom you call macedonian, nor the albanian language like 30% of the citizens of this this artificial country-state.
Normal people can only laugh about this desperate attempt to form a non-existent national identity.
Better forget about it and split this piece of land among Serbia, Albania, Bulgaria and Greece.

by: Aleksandar from: Skopje
June 26, 2012 07:06
She was born in Skopje i dont see what is controversy here!
This is the most stupid artical!

by: mitsos mitsou from: greece
June 28, 2012 20:46
the slavomacedonian nation is an artificial creation of bulgarians in 19th century for certain reasons ...see what is written by misirkov 1903 on his book "on the macedonia matters"@ ......Many people will want to know what sort of national separatism we are concerned with; they will ask if we are not thinking of creating a NEW MACEDONIA NATION .SUCH A THING WOULD BE ARTIFICIAL and short-lived. And, anyway, what sort of new Macedonian nation can this be when we and our fathers and grandfathers and great-grandfathers have always BEEN CALLED BULGARIANS ? Have the Macedonians in their history ever found any outward form of spiritual and political expression? What have been their relations to the other Balkan nations and vice versa?

by: Jethro Bodini from: Pennsylvania
July 04, 2012 22:48
She should have a statue in every country.

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