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Macedonia Square

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Macedonia square is the main square of Skopje, capital of Macedonia. It was built in the years 1920-1940. It was on many important residential and administrative buildings: the national Bank, the House of officers, Palace of Mazur, etc. unlike some other areas, which were formed spontaneously in the former markets, the area of Macedonia was planned by city architects. For its construction the Central part of Skopje was destroyed, and the freed space smashed a magnificent area with beautiful mansions along its perimeter.

After the Communists came to power in Yugoslavia, the area was named in honor of the political leader Josip Broz Tito. Current name the square got in 1991 when Republic of Macedonia became an independent state.

The square is decorated with statues of prominent historical figures. The most notable monument in the square is the statue of Alexander the great, which is officially named "Warrior on horseback". The government had to make such concessions in order not to quarrel with Greece, which considers Alexander the great as its hero. Height of the bronze monument is 14.5 meters. Around the monument created by the fountain.

Semicircular Central facade overlooks the square Macedonia Risticheva chamber, on both sides bounded by streets. This is one of the few buildings that survived the devastating earthquake of 1963. The mansion was named after its first owner - the Serbian pharmacist Vladislav Ristica. The Palace was built in 1926 by architect Dragutin Maslak. On the first floor housed offices, while the upper was occupied by a family Ristica.

In 2007, the government of Macedonia has announced that it plans to reconstruct most of the destroyed during the earthquake of buildings. In 2013 began the reconstruction of the House of officers. The original structure was built in 1925-1929 at the square, William Baumgarten, who emigrated to Skopje from Russia.