Everybody knows about Mother Teresa. But did you know she was born in this city?
What Wikipedia says about this remarkable woman? Here is a short excerpt from the article in Wikipedia:
“Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, commonly known as Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), was an ethnic Albanian, Indian Roman Catholic nun.
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; children's and family counseling programmes; orphanages and schools. Members of the order must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and the fourth vow, to give Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor.
Young Gonxhe Bojaxhiu
She was the recipient of numerous honours including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In late 2003, she was beatified, the third step toward possible sainthood, giving her the title "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta". A second miracle credited to Mother Teresa is required before she can be recognised as a saint by the Catholic Church. She was admired by many; in 1999, a poll of Americans ranked her first in Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century. However, she has also been accused of failing to provide medical care or painkillers, misusing charitable money, and maintaining positive relationships with dictators.”
The desire of Macedonian people to pay respect to one the most famous person from Macedonia was accomplished on the 30-th of January 2009 with the opening of the Memorial house – museum, dedicated to Mother Teresa. This cache will lead you to his place.
This object is raised on the street Macedonia (former Marshal Tito Str.), which connects the Square Macedonia and the Old railway station. The location of the museum is not randomly chosen. That is to say, on this exact place the old Catholic Church “Sacred heart of Jesus” used to stand. It is where Mother Teresa, then Gonxha Bojaxhiu was baptized just one day after her birth, on the 27th of august 1910, place where she received her first communion and where she find her inner peace after her father’s death.
This place had a great importance and influence on developing of the character of young Gonxha and to her desire to help the poor people. Since she was a child she sang in the Catholic Church choir and participated in charity organizations. Somehow the location itself represents a symbolic bridge that connects little Gonxha to one of the greatest humanitarian of the world, Mother Teresa.
Memorial house of Mother Teresa
Useful information about the Memorial house: No admission fee, Tour guiding is free of charge.
Working hours: Gallery - Monday to Friday 09:00 - 20:00, Saturday & Sunday 09:00 - 14:00. Chapel (Services): Monday 07:00, Wednesday 17.00, Saturday 07.00 (Notice: Holy Masses will not be held in month July.)
The cache is a small metal container with magnet. Bring your pen.
Sources: Wikipedia, other internet sources. Photos: Internet, Original (by Galejnik)