On January of 2014 I Macedonia. It had been 4 years since I had been there and I was surprised on how Macedonia had progressed so much. Me and my brother visited Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia. We went to the city center and the monument of Alexander the Great caught my attention because it fit the city very well. It stood out in an open area and anyone could tell that the monument had deep meaning. I have always liked history and epic stories, which is why Alexander’s monument stood out to me. Soon enough I took a picture of this remarkable monument.
The monument is a tribute to the contributions of Alexander the Great, a heavily respected hero. I really like the lion statues in the monument. The outer most part of the monument is guarded by some lions facing the outside, while some lions on the inner part are facing towards the center of the monument. The lion is an animal that signifies power and dominance; he is the king of the jungle. The lions facing outside symbolize Alexander’s power, bravery, and influence on other nations, while the ones facing towards him symbolize his loyalty and leadership towards his countrymen. Definitely compelled with epic meaning, which I liked. You can also see the soldiers encircled around Alexander. That is also a symbolic sign on strength and power. At the right part of the photo is Alexander’s father who is standing up and waving his right hand at Alexander. He was also an important part in Alexander’s quest and the Macedonians did great by adding him to the design plan. Right between the two proudly stands the Macedonian flag, which exhibits patriotism and pride. However, I would have picked a more lively color to the monument because it would add more character. I also do not like how the lions on the outer most part are sitting down. I think they should be standing up because it would exhibit more power. The last thing I did not like was how far they had placed Alexander’s father. I think that is a mistake because many people passing by may not understand the meaning and might think that they are two different statues. It can easily mislead people. I feel like people who pass by it would understand it a lot easier if the statues were closer together.
This monument reminds me of classic European statue designs with a look of royalty for the former young King. This monument is also a reflection of greater success in Macedonia as it blends in more with European culture. Though built post 2010, the monument depicts Alexander’s time of reign from 336-323 BC.
- Have you ever heard of Alexander the Great or his accomplishments?
- What is the coolest epic/patriotic monument you have ever seen?
- Do you think the lions on the outer most part should be sitting down like they are, or should they be standing up?
This monument is located in the center of Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia. I visited Europe on January of 2014 for a 2 week vacation and one of the places I visited was Skopje. In the heart of the city is where I found this beautiful, interesting monument.
Here is a link for more information on Alexander the Great; his life and his journeys. It contains some information on Macedonia as well.
I have traveled throughout Europe and have seen many monuments, but this was honestly unlike anything I have seen before. It is a very interesting part of Skopje that says a lot about Macedonia.