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Museums of Greece / Ancient Macedonian Painting:

Preview: Despite the fact that painting was one of the most advanced arts in Ancient Greece, only a few, but important, examples survive today. The great majority of it has been found on funerary buildings, on grave stelai, cist graves and burial couches in the region of hellenic Macedonia, with an overwhelming amount concentrated at the necropolis of Aigai, in contemporary Vergina, Imathia.They give us a small but well articulated image of the colour palette, the conventions and capabilities of ancient greek painting.

Pictured above:

Wall paintings- encaustic on marble- from the necropolis of Aigai and the tombs of Philip II of Macedon and Meda, Nikesipolis, and Alexander IV. Photography: Socrates Mavrommates, from the book Aigai: The royal metropolis of the Macedonians, by Angeliki Kottaridi.

Third row: Decorative motifs with ribbons and flowers from a cist grave found in Sedes. The grave today is housed in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. (photography mine)

(4th-3rd century B.C)

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Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki / The Rotunda:

Mosaics from the dome of the Rotunda. Rotunda, which resembles the Pantheon in Rome was intended as a temple devoted to Zeus or the twins Kaveiroi, or perhaps as a mausoleum for Emperor Galerius (4th century AD). It was converted to a christian temple in the 4th century AD, and to a mosque in 1590.

Today it functions as both a monument and a church. It is mostly famous for its splendid mosaics- for which conservation hasn’t been completed yet.

Lawmakers in Macedonia overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. 

Amendment XXXIII, which specifies that a marriage must be between one man and one woman, passed by a margin of 72-4. Macedonian law already states this; now, it’s just in the constitution, too. 

“Marriage exclusively defined as the union between one woman and one man is an integral part of human history, a constant and centuries-long tradition in this region,” reads the proposed amendment. “Marriage is one of the fundamental pillars of society. Thus, marriage constitutionally defined exclusively as a union between one woman and one man shall contribute to marriage as an institution being further acknowledged and promoted in our society.”

The LGBT Support Center, an advocacy group based in Skopje, the Macedonian capital, is among the organizations in the former Yugoslav republic to criticize the proposed amendment.

“These constitutional changes are not only completely unnecessary and redundant, but discriminatory and undemocratic to their very core,” said the LGBT Support Center in a statement. “The only real effect would be enhancing the negative social stigma on LGBTI people, further marginalizing this already deeply marginalized community and unnecessarily increasing the burden of everyday life of LGBT people in Macedonia.”

Sigh. 

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Christmas lights in:

Skopje (Macedonia)

Budapest (Hungary)

Sofia (Bulgaria)

Kiev (Ucraina)

Minsk (Belarus)

Riga (Latvia)

Tallinn (Estonia)

Vilnius (Lithuania)

Chişinău (Moldova)

Bratislava (Slovakia)

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Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki:

Some more details from a marble bed found in a tomb in Potidaia. The tomb and the two beds discovered in it were covered in depictions of deities and hunting scenes with griffins, panthers, bulls and boars. The bones of the deceased had been arranged on the beds. The tomb was built circa 300 B.C.

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Anually a little village Vevcani celebrates Saint Vasijil’s Day as a large festival where villagers become strange creatures and things. For 1,400 years this old pagan fest draws people to this village which is more than 100 miles away from Skopje which is Macedonian capital.Suprisingly known village of Vevcani with only it’s 2,500 population is also known for it’s anti-communist riots during communist Macedonia was part of Yugoslavia. However enjoy these photos as they show how pagan traditions of our ancestors did manage to end up with us to this day, a bit modernised true, but still the spirit lives! So, as the village has an independent character and provocative yearly festival has continued to raise the popularity of the town. In an area where most villages are destitute and poor, Vevcani continues to thrive.

Source

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December 10, 2014
Today the students in Macedonia protested once again against the reforms in the higher education proposed by the government. Thousands took to the streets shouting : “University is the voice of freedom!”, “No justice, no peace!”, “Can you hear us now?” “It was enough silence!” and “Autonomy!” I’m proud to be one of them.

These reforms a state test, which, if not passed will mean that student cannot continue his higher education, despite spending time, energy and money for 4 years.

These reforms are against the constitution of Macedonia, and will destroy the universities autonomy, as they are the last places not under government control.

The government is saying that the students are PUPPETS of the opposition and refusing to acknowledge their requests.

Many high school students who wanted to join the protesters were LOCKED in their schools and classrooms.

95% of the mass media is controlled and saying there were barely 3000 people in the streets, all paid and organised by the opposition.

The corruption of this government knows no limit.

Please signal boost this.