The memorial complex of the fallen fighters in the Revolution is located on the eastern side of the Stip Fortress. It is dedicated to the partisans who died in World War II.
During the sixties of the last century, an initiative was launched for the construction of an adequate facility to remember the fallen fighters from Stip. The well-known Belgrade architect Bogdan Bogdanovic (1922 – 2010), who is also the author of the Mound of the Unbeaten in Prilep, won the announced competition.
The construction of this memorial complex lasted 5 years and it was officially opened on the 30th anniversary of the liberation of the city of Stip (November 8, 1974).
The monument is set on a specific terrain. It covers two plateaus connected by steep stairs. On the lower plateau there are 3 marble pillars (with a height of about 3 meters) grouped in a kind of symbolic entrance gate.
Climbing to the upper plateau, on the left and right sides of the stairs you can see the names of some of the fighters who lost their lives. On the upper plateau, there are 12 monuments (monoliths) of white marble, with a height of about 2 meters, shaped in various geometric ornaments – rosettes. They were placed around a stone urn with a similar height. Underneath the urn lies the crypt with the remains of the fighters.
The monoliths are similar, but contain different elements and symbols. There are several views regarding the symbolism of this composition. If you look at the top of the monuments, you will notice that they end in a specific horn-like shape that some authors associate with the Minoan civilization (the oldest European civilization on the island of Crete) where these forms indicated that the place was sacred. There are also many views on the symbols in the middle of the monuments (the sun as a symbol of our country, elements reminiscent of a filigree, figurative poppy flower, but also a view that the monuments are one-eyed Cyclops, as the most destructive force of nature and a symbol of fascism).
This space offers a beautiful view of the city and the wider area. It is used for commemorative events, but has often been the target of hooligans.