Gymnasium “Josip Broz Tito” in Bitola

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The object of the Gymnasium “Josip Broz Tito” (Јосип Броз Тито) in Bitola, according to its historical and architectural and aesthetic values, is a monument of culture of Republic of Macedonia.



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The building was built in 1892 during Turkish rule as pro gymnasium “Ruzdie”, and from 1896 till 1912 it worked as a full High School – Idadie.
After the Balkan Wars and First World War, depending on the political situation, it was a Serbian and Bulgarian gymnasium. But since 1936 under the leadership of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia, the gymnasium became a nursery for new ideas to be implemented through an organized Communist youth SKOJ.



The most famous generation that studied at the today’s gymnasium Josip Broz Tito. Among the students were: Elpida Karamandi (Елпида Караманди), Stiv Naumov (Стив Наумов), Kole Cassule (Коле Чашуле), Vlado Maleski (Владо Малески), Borislav Traikovski (Борислав Траиковски), Gjorgi Caca (Ѓорѓи Цаца), Jovan Kalauzi (Јован Калаузи) …. (National heroes, some of the most famous Macedonian artists, writers…)

After the Second World War, on February 6, 1945, in the gymnasium for the first time in Macedonia begins teaching on Macedonian language. In this facility were educated many national heroes: Stiv Naumov, Mirce Acev, Elpida Karamandi, Kuzman Josifovski Pitu, Borka Talevski, Rampo Levkov, and others who made significant contribution to the recent history of the Macedonian people.
According to its architectural features, this building is one of the most beautiful examples in Bitola of 19th century architectural heritage.

While the northern façade of the building with the rhythm of the floors and profiled openings have a  humble classical treatment, south facade is a synthesis of baroque and neo-Renaissance elements (architrave and arc vaulted windows, pilasters, Corinthian capitals, richly profiled wreaths and balustrades) harmoniously integrated in single representative whole.

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