Since the year of 2000 the citizens of Skopje, from every part of the city can see the Millennium Cross, that symbolizes 2000 years of Christianity. It was built on top of the Vodno mountain, located south of Skopje, at an attitude of 1,066 meters above the sea level, with it's dimensions 66 and 20 meters. It is unique building in the world. There should be built a monastery complex in it's surroundings and a restaurant with a spectacular view of the city.
Itis one of the newest symbols of Skopje and placed on the highest point on Vodno mountain. It was build in 2002. This Cross was build by Macedonian Orthodox Church in order to celebrate 2000 years of Christianity in the World and on Macedonian soil.
The Millennium Cross situated on the peak of the mountain Vodno is a new tourist attraction. The cross should be finished in July 2007. At 66 meters high, it is one of the biggest crosses in the world and can be seen from 30 km away.
Visible from all over Skopje, Mount Vodno towers over the city from the south. At over 1000m, it is not the highest mountain in the world, but climbing it is not a leisurely stroll in a park either...something we should have perhaps thought about before deciding to walk up there from the Carsija quarter!
It was getting on for half past three in the afternoon, and we were wondering what to do next. All the museums were closed, it being a Sunday afternoon. We'd stuffed ourselves with meatballs and and bread and ice cream and Turkish biscuits in the Carsija, and had had more than enough coffee. We'd walked around the old town several times, done the Bit Pazar, and done a fair bit of walking around modern Skopje too. So what next? Well, Mt Vodno looked appealing, and from where we sat in Makedonija Square, it didn't look too far either. "we'll be up in an hour or so", we thought.
Off we set, with no supplies...no biscuits, no water, no waterproofs, and my travelling companion had for soem reason decided that flip-flops were well suited to mountain climbing in March. Reaching the end of Salvador Allende street, we were directed up a path to the right which quickly left the city behind. The path climbed and climbed, but the summit never seemed to get any closer. Eventually we emerged on a road with a car park and a cafe...time was ticking, dark clouds amassing over Skopje below, but we pressed on, reasoning that it can't be that far away. Anyway, there were enough people around who looked like they were climbing up as well.
Several paths verged off from the road, but most of them took us around in circles, so in the end we decided to stick to the road. Light began to fade, as did our morale. Why hadn't we bought water? And where were the Tutku biscuits when we needed them? The road is not the most direct route up to the summit, and we should have perhaps taken one of the paths, but as it was getting darker and flip flops are more suited to tarmac, we stuck to the road.
The Millennium Cross on the summit popped into view occasionally, but mostly it was demoralisingly out of view. We began to notice that the only other walkers were heading down. Hmmm.... From the size of the thing, I assumed the big cross was some sort of viewing platform, and I remembered reading abotu a cafe up there too....so that was what drove us on, the thought of a cafe.
Reaching the summit just after sunset we soon found out that the cross is little more than a huge monument, and at that time, it was totally deserted. And very very windy. That was a low point, realising that we had been quite stupid! How were we going to get down?!
A lone car was parked by what seemed to be some sort of satellite installation next to teh cross. We decided to go in, on the off chance that they had water and could maybe offer us a lift down. The barbed wire around the gate didn't do much to welcome us, but we went in anyway...and good job we did! It was the cafe! We were greeted by three old men sitting around a fire, who immediately brought us fantastic tea, and introduced us to another hiker...who had arranged his father to pick him up in a car! Would we like a lift? Biiiig sigh of relief!
So...moral of the story...don't climb Mt Vodno in flip-flops, take biscuits and water, start early, and don't be put off by barbed wire and metal gates.
Millennium Cross is one of the newest symbols of Skopje. It was built in 2002. This Cross was build by Macedonian Orthodox Church in order to celebrate 2000 years of Christianity in the World and on Macedonian soil. It was constructed and placed on the highest point on Vodno mountain, a place that for centuries was known as place where Cross exists. Most of the time during Ottoman`s rule in Macedonia (14-20 century) there was a small cross on this place, so Turkish and local Macedonians called it "Krstovar" (place where there is a cross).
The Millennium Cross (Macedonian: Милениумски крст, read: Mileniumski krst) is famous touristic attraction and one of the symbol of City on Vardar river. This is a big monument - 66 meter-high cross situated on the top of the Vodno Mountain. It is considerate as one of the biggest crosses in the world. It was constructed to serve as a memorial of 2000 years of Christianity on ground today Macedonia and the whole world.
Kamen most is very old bridge more than 500 years ago is build.
Mileniumski krst is the biggest and only one in this region and maybe in all Europe.