AD Classics: Makedonium / Jordan Grabulovski and Iskra Grabulovski

Photo by vesnamarkoska –

In honor of the Ilinden Uprising, the uncanny space-age Makedonium monument and memorial complex was resurrected. Built in 1974 by and Iskra Grabulovski, the Makedonium is the Macedonian symbol of statehood and modernist expression of freedom. More after the break.

In 1903, a group of brave Macedonians charged into battle against the Ottoman Empire, sparking a movement that led to the creation of a free . As such, the building was built 70 years later on the 30th anniversary of the Anti-Fascist Assembly of the Liberation of Macedonia and the 71stanniversary of the Ilinden Uprising.

Photo by vesnamarkoska –

Looking over the town of Krusevo, the Makedonium appears as a heart valve with 10 enormous stained glass skylights erecting out of its circular base. The visual appearance of the monument complex, which covers 16 hectares, starts with broken chains, continues with a crypt and a colorful mosaic of ceramic material, and ends with the peculiar building.

Photo by markovskavesna –

Architect: Jordan Grabulovski, Iskra Brabulovski
Location: Kruševo, Macedonia
Project Year: 1974
References: travel2macedonia
Photographs: flickruser: vesnamarkoska, flickruser: wi0chmen, flickruser: moeafati, flickruser: markovskavesna 

Cite: Pagnotta, Brian. "AD Classics: Makedonium / Jordan Grabulovski and Iskra Grabulovski" 11 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • searching

    wooow!!!!! nice photos!

  • j

    Any sections available? How thick are these walls?

  • Hamid Moghadam

    this wall constructed by shell concrete

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  • Avgvsta Treverorvm

    Check your facts. There was no Macedonia in 1903. It was a Bulgarian uprising.. my great grandfather took part in it.