The Catholic Church is another example of the modern architecture of Skopje created during the 1970s. The building is located in the center of the capital on the boulevard “Mitropolit Teodosij Gologanov”.
The old Catholic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was built in 1902 and was located at “Macedonia” str. It was destroyed in the earthquake, after which the construction of a new facility began. The church was designed in 1973 and built between 1975 and 1977. The designers of the building were Blagoja Micevski (1931 – 2002) and Slavko Gjuric (1931 – 1980). During his working life, Blagoja Micevski creates various buildings, and is a participant in many competitions in the field of architecture and urbanism. When creating the conceptual design, the designers use a free plastic expression with soft curved lines, in a similar way Kenzo Tange did in St. Mary’s Church in Tokyo.
Blagoja Micevski received a Golden Plaque from the Vatican for this facility. He is also the winner of the “Andreja Damjanov” Lifetime Achievement Award.
During his pastoral visit to our country on May 7, 2019, Pope Francis had an ecumenical and inter-religious meeting with the youth in the courtyard of the Cathedral. On that occasion, he stressed, “It gives me great hope seeing young people removing previously set labels and no longer enduring the divisions of the past and the present, moving further beyond that.”