Mother Teresa, Skopje

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    A Tough Lady

    by Orchid Written May 14, 2013

    The statue of Mother Teresa tells you quite a bit about this most determined woman, a famous daughter of Skopje. She stares straight at the visitor, almost glaring. It is an old lived in face, and has seen much.

    When we visited Skopje, the expensive new memorial had yet to been built. One wonders just what Gonxha Bojaxhiu would think about the extravagance.

    So we just saw the stern bronze of the old woman standing guard in front of the old church on a busy street.

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    Mother Teresa Memorial House

    by Jetgirly Written Sep 9, 2012
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    The Mother Teresa Memorial House is a small museum and chapel dedicated to the life of Mother Teresa, who was born in Skopje of Albanian ancestry in 1910. Admission is free and the exhibits, mostly in small glass cases, include artifacts from her life, important documents and other religious tokens. At the time of writing, chapel services were also held thrice weekly.

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    Memorial House of Mother Teresa

    by SWFC_Fan Written Jul 29, 2012

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    We visited the Memorial House of Mother Teresa during our stay in Skopje in March 2012.

    This unusual looking building, which is located on Marsal Tito close to Macedonia Square, was opened in 2009 as a monument to one of Skopje's most famous daughters. Mother Teresa (born Gonxha Bojaxhiu in the city in 1910) is arguably the world's most famous nun, humanitarian and missionary and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her achievements.

    The Memorial House is not built on the site of Mother Teresa's birthplace. That is a short distance away, where the Trgovski Centar shopping mall now stands. It is however built on the site of the church at which she was baptised.

    It is free to enter the Memorial House. A very helpful guide (who spoke English perfectly) gave us a 10 minute talk on the life and achievements of Mother Teresa before allowing us to browse the exhibits at our own leisure. The exhibits are laid out in chronological order and include photos, official documents, handwritten letters and newspaper articles.

    The main exhibition room is a replica of the interior of a typical Skopje home at the time of Mother Teresa's birth. The furniture on display is not the actual furniture that was in Mother Teresa's home (if I recall correctly, the guide told us that much of this was damaged in the 1963 earthquake).

    Above the exhibition room is a small chapel. It is a bright and modern affair with large glass windows on all sides. Services are held there two or three times a week.

    After we had finished scanning the exhibits and visiting the chapel, we signed the guestbook, tipped the guide and placed a few Denari into the donation box to help with the ongoing upkeep of this impressive monument.

    There is a souvenir shop on the ground floor of the house, as well as a pleasant courtyard and a statue of Mother Teresa.

    The Memorial House of Mother Teresa is well worth a brief visit if you're in Skopje...even if, like me, you are not a religious person.

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    Mother Teresa

    by Vanity666 Written Jun 5, 2010

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    Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), born Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was an Indian[3] Catholic nun of Albanian origin born in Skopje who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

    The Mother Teresa Memorial House is dedicated to the humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mother Teresa and is located in her hometown Skopje, in the Republic of Macedonia. The memorial house was built on the popular Macedonia street in the Centar municipality, on the very location of the once Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, where Mother Teresa was baptized. In the first three weeks, the memorial house was visited by 12,000 people.

    The construction of the house began in May 2008. The project was financed by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and carried out by the Ministry of Culture. It is a modern, transformed version of Mother Teresa's birth house and has a multifunctional, but sacral character. Inside the house, part of her relics are preserved, which have been transferred to Skopje with support of the Roman Catholic Church of Skopje. A fact that has been made public by Nikola Gruevski first at the grand opening. There is a museum and sculptures of Mother Teresa and the members of her family in realistic appearance. One sculpture shows Mother Teresa as a ten-year old child, sitting on a stone and holding a pigeon in her hands. The house also gives opportunity for cultural manifestations and bears a gallery. The architect of the project is Vangel Božinovski.

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    Former house of Mother Teresa, Skopje

    by Pijlmans Updated Dec 14, 2008

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    Mother Teresa was born on 26-08-1910 in Skopje from Albanian parents, as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She died in 1997 at the age of 87 in Calcutta, India. Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work.

    The house where she was born used to be between what is now the Makedonija Square and the GTC shopping center. A memorial stone and some marks on the street show where the house used to be (see the pictures).

    In addition, a bit further to the south, in Makedonija Street, a statue of Mother Teresa, a painting with a poem, and a small museum can be found.

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    Mother Teresa's Oath

    by Pijlmans Written May 28, 2008

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    Close to the statue of Mother Teresa, this painting accompanied by the oath of Mother Teresa can be found.

    They are behind the Beys Tower (or Feudal Tower) which houses the Museum of Mother Teresa as well as a museum shop of the Museum of Macedonia.

    Mother Teresa's oath

    Man is unreasonable, illogical and selfish
    It doesn't matter - love him.

    If you do good, they'll say you're selfish.
    It doesn't matter - do good.

    If you realize your goals,
    You'll find false friends and just enemies
    It doesn't matter - realize your goals.

    The good that you do will be forgotten tomorrow
    It doesn't matter - be true.

    Honesty and sincerity will make you vulnerable
    It doesn't matter - create.

    If you help people it might be bad for you
    It doesn't matter - help them.

    You give the best you can to the world
    The world repays you with punches
    It doesn't matter - give the best you can

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    Statue of Mother Teresa

    by Pijlmans Written May 28, 2008

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    Mother Teresa was born on 26-08-1910 in Skopje from Albanian parents, as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She died in 1997 at the age of 87 in Calcutta, India. Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work.

    In Makedonija Street, a statue of Mother Teresa has been raised, see the pictures.

    In the nearby Beys Tower or Feudal Tower, a painting with a poem, and a small museum can be found.

    The former house of Mother Teresa where she was born used to be between what is now the Makedonija Square and the GTC shopping center. A memorial stone and some marks on the street show where the house used to be.

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    Fighting for the right to call her theirs

    by mikey_e Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Mother Teresa is one of those people who cause controversy for all the wrong reasons. In this case, it is because both Albanians and Macedonians claim her as their own. She was born in Skopje (now Macedonia) to Albanian parents (hence the Albanian connection). In an attempt to win the war of words, the Macedonians have erected a museum to the famous nun in the new part of town. Its pretty ugly from the outside, and I wasn't interested enough to go into the museum, but it does present some good photo-ops with a massive portraits of the elderly Mother Teresa.

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    Statue to Mother Teresa

    by Jasen71 Written Aug 21, 2006

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    Mother Teresa of Calcutta or Gondza Bojadziu was born here in Skopje in 1910. Mother Teresa was to me an equal to the Pope John Paul, and like the late Pope is being considered for Sainthood. The statue is Macedonia Street, which is just off the main plazza. Some distance behind the statue is a museum of sorts of Mother Teresa, but it was shut when I visited.

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    Mother Theresa's House

    by bchurchill Written Oct 25, 2005

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    Its kind of in a odd location...right at the national square. Unfortunately its no longer a house, just an outline of where a house may have been. But there is a plaque on the ground to mark the spot. There are a lot of Roma in the area. If you don't want dozens of them popping out of the wood work, don't give them anything.

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    The history of mother Teresa

    by planxty Updated Jun 26, 2005

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    Mother Teresa statue, Skopje, Macedonia.

    Gondza Bojadziu was born in Skopje on 26/08/1910. Possibly not a name you're familiar with but, as Mother Teresa, she is revered the world over for her work with the poor of Calcutta - truly a saintly woman.

    There are several places of interest regarding her, a statue on the main street leading from Macedona Square, a small plaque near the big shopping centre commemorating where she was born, and a small museum, near the statue. The picture shows Mrs. planxty at the statue.

    The people of Skopje seem (justifiably) proud of their townswoman, and it is nice to visit the place she was born

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    by igorc Written Nov 1, 2004

    The monument of Mother Theresa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace. She was born in Skopje, and her monument is located near the place where the Catholic church in which she was christened used to be. The church was destroyed in the earthquake of 1963.

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    Mother Theresa's monument

    by Karolina01 Updated Aug 24, 2004

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    Mother Theresa was born in Skopje in 1910. Her mother was Albanian and her father Vlach and because of this, those 3 nations, Macedonians, Albanians and Vlachs honor her, as same as the rest of the World.

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    Mother Teresa

    by bonio Updated Jun 14, 2009

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    Born in Skopje, a statue on Bvd Marsal Tito comemmorates here, along with a memorial house, photo(2)

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    Mother Teresa

    by traveloturc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    In 1910, the Catholic nun, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, later to become famous as Mother Teresa, was born in Skopje.

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