“The Mound of the Unbeaten” is a memorial complex dedicated to the fallen fighters in the People’s Liberation War and is located in the Memorial Park of the Revolution in Prilep.
Prilep is of great importance for the People’s Liberation War, especially in the resistance towards the fascists. In this city, on October 11, 1941, the uprising against fascism began, a date that is celebrated as a national holiday in our country. More than 8,000 people from this area took part in the liberation war, more than 650 fighters were killed, 15 partisans were declared national heroes, and 141 were awarded the military decoration “Partisan Memorial – 1941”. The city also received the People’s Hero Order in 1975.
The author of this memorial complex is the famous architect, professor and mayor of Belgrade Bogdan Bogdanovic (1922 – 2010). He is known for a number of memorials on the territory of the former Yugoslavia, including the “Stone flower” monument in the concentration camp in Jasenovac, Croatia.
In 1960, the mayor of the city at that time began an initiative to build a memorial complex. The author was contacted by the authorities with a request to finish the facility in time to mark the 20th anniversary of the uprising against fascism, and the same was achieved. The building opened on October 11, 1961, and is one of works completed in the fastest time span.
The monument has a semi-circular shape with an inner part paved with white marble tiles. The names of 462 fallen fighters from this area are written in alphabetical order on the monument, and their remains are in the crypt. Eight marble urns (made of renown Prilep marble – Sivec, 3 to 5 meters high) rise in the atrium, which, according to some authors, symbolize the formation of partisan detachments and their transformation into larger military formations. The biggest urn with the symbol of eternal flame manifests the invincibility of the Macedonian people. According to other authors, the eight monoliths are a composition of dancers who play around the higher figure “goddess” in the rhythm of the traditional Macedonian dance.
Paved cascading path leads to the monument. At its very beginning on the left side the memorial, busts of the heroes from this area can be noticed.
It is important to note that the author of the composition does not include flags, eternal fire or pentacles, which as symbols were very common during this period, thus achieving communication with visitors outside the ideological framework he supports.
The mound of the undefeated is shown on the coat of arms of the city of Prilep.