Friday, July 29, 2022

St Cyril and Methodius University

 St. Cyril and Methodius University was built in the same brutalist style as the rest of Skopje. It was designed by Slovene architect Marko Music (only with all the weird characters above his name). It still is in use and it so unique. You drive past it and get glimpses of a stubby ugly building. You have to walk inside the campus to see how each piece interacts with the other.

It may not be beautiful, but it is stunning. I loved it. Apparently you aren't allowed to take pictures, but since school wasn't in session - and I went in a dorm gate, not the front gate with the guard - I was able to take as many as I wanted. I have thinned the number I took down CONSIDERABLY to share.

Above is a statue of St. Cyril and St. Methodious. As you may or may not know, St. Cyril founded the writing style of Cyrillic (the Russian lettering system). They were monks from Byzantium that went on many missions before dying trying to convert the Khazars. It was an ancient and very powerful kingdom in the Caucus Moutains.

If you hate the style, you're in luck. The new Medical and Law schools are going up in that bizarre faux Greek, faux wedding cake style. Luckily they are on the edge of campus, away from these buildings. I get the concrete color is  not everyone's cup of tea. But it would look even more silly painted.


Mixed use dorms and classrooms.

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