Memorial House of Mother Teresa

Memorial House of Mother Teresa information

Location
Skopje , Macedonia
Address
ul Makedonija 9
Telephone
+389 2 3290 674
More information
www.memorialhouseofmotherteresa.org
Opening hours
9am-8pm Mon-Fri, to 2pm Sat-Sun
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This extraordinary retro-futuristic memorial is the most unique church you'll see in Macedonia. Inside the building there's a small first-floor museum displaying memorabilia relating to the famed Catholic nun of Calcutta, born in Skopje in 1910. On the second floor there is a mind-boggling chapel, with glass walls wrought in filigree (a revered traditional craft of Skopje). Silhouettes of doves are worked into the filigree to symbolise peace, as a homage to Mother Teresa.

The memorial sits on the site of a much earlier church, where Mother Teresa was baptised; a plaque around the corner commemorates the spot where she was brought into the world. Look out for the Mother Teresa quotations on plaques around the city centre as well.

Round the back of the memorial, take a peak at the 17th-/18th-century feudal tower that housed the nun's memorial before the ultra-contemporary version was built in 2009. The tower, with its stooped wooden balcony, is now crumbling and condemned but it still has city historians confounded: nobody knows why it was built, as this side of the Vardar river was thought to be uninhabited at the time of its construction. There are gun holes in the tower walls, so all that is clear is that it was used for defence: somebody must have had something to protect, they're just not sure who or what.