Mustafa Pasha Mosque in
©2014 Charlene Brown
On May 28 we crossed the border into the
Republic of Macedonia,
which until 1991 was part of .
When that country broke up, the ages-old dispute with Yugoslavia Greece over the use of the name was
reignited. The Greek government contends
that Macedonia is, and always has been, a region of Greece, and although there
are many true (Greek) Macedonians living in the Republic of Macedonia, that doesn't make the rest of them Macedonians.
Various compromises have been worked out with the EU, USA, etc. about
how they are to be regarded internationally, and they seem to be dealing with
it… but the Greeks have succeeded in forcing them to rename a huge statue in
the main square of Skopje, ‘The Great Warrior’ instead of ‘Alexander the Great,’
as originally intended – because he was really a Greek. Macedonia
Another interesting, though not particularly relevant, fact is that the mosque in this sketch was completed in 1492.