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Macedonia: Military Museum to Exhibit Archaeological and More Recent Historical Artefacts in Skopje   
10 August 2009 | A military museum displaying artefacts from Medieval to more contemporary times is expected to open at two locations in Skopje by the end of the year.

A part of the objects that will be showcased in the new museum’s exhibition include more ancient artefacts, such as swords and maces from the time of Vukašin and King Marko, the Vecher newspaper wrote today.

Vukašin Mrnjavčević was a Serbian medieval ruler in modern-day central and north-western Macedonia, who reigned from 1365 to 1371. King Marko is a controversial character in Balkan history and folklore. Whether he was purely a historical figure and Vukašin’s son or the stuff of legends is unclear, as are his nationality and exact role in history. But Krali Marko, as he is known in the Balkans, is nevertheless venerated by Serbians, Bulgarians and Macedonians as the protector and savior of the Christians during Ottoman rule. A hero of superhuman powers, King Marko is the celebrated protagonist of many Serbian and Bulgarian epic novels.

Newer artefacts will also be displayed, such as weapons, personal belongings and other artefacts of activists of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation - a national liberation movement in the Ottoman territories in Europe that operated in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The original flag of Yane Sandanski, one of the organisation’s leaders, is one of the artefacts that the Macedonian Ministry of Defence plans to include in the exhibition.

The new project envisions that the military museum’s exhibitions be displayed in two locations – an open-air one in the Skopje Fortress and an internal one in the complex of the museums of Macedonia, Sashko Dimov, the Ministry’s spokesman told the publication.

The open-air exhibition, according to the publication, will contain a large number of exclusive displays, such as rare examples of German cannons, rare British field kitchens, one of the first produced examples of the American Sherman tank and an improvised ditch. The open-air part of the museum will also contain a souvenir shop.

The internal exhibition is expected to contain weapons, equipment, clothes, uniforms, military flags and maps, medals and other maritime distinctions, photographs, documents, video materials and other exclusive artefacts from Macedonia’s military history.

A complementary online museum will also be created, where people will be able to look through the military artefacts and displays through the Internet, Dimov added.

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