The monument was opened on the 2nd of August 1974, on the celebration of the 30th anniversary of ASNOM and the 71st anniversary of Ilinden Rebellion. The monument symbolizes the disobey, struggle and the eternal endeavour of the Macedonian people for freedom and independent state.

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From Krushevo heights, the Makedonium dominates with its monumental, artistic and esthetic structure, which aims to demonstrate the chronology of the most important events and persons from the period prior to, during and after Ilinden. Ilinden monument occupies a territory of 12 hectares and its shapes commences with shed chains and continues with the crypt and the colorful and mosaic ceramic-plastic scene and ends with the Dome placed at the altitude of 1320 meters. From that point, there is outstanding view - towards Krushevo, Sliva, Mechkin Kamen and Pelagonia.


The inner part of the Dome is impressive with its relief, stained glass with the eternal fame and the sounds of the oratorio “The Sun of the Primeval State” composed by Tome Proshev. Today, Nikola Karev’s grave and the bust of Toshe Proevski are in the Dome.