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French military cemetery of Bitola

French military cemetery of Bitola

Coordinates : 41.040336, 21.360069

The French cemetery in Bitola is the largest cemetery in Macedonia, with more than 13,000 soldiers of the French army killed at the Macedonian Front. 6,262 identified remains rest on more than 30,000 m2 of land, and about 7,000 other unidentified soldiers are grouped in a collective ossuary.

The construction of the French cemetery began after the end of the war. It was inaugurated on 15 September 1923.

As part of the Centenary Mission, France plans to open a museum space with videos and objects that belonged to the soldiers.


How to get to the cemetery:

The French military cemetery is located northeast of Bitola, 3 km from the city centre, on the road leading to the villages of Logovardi and Novaci. On the north side of the cemetery is a residential building in which the family responsible for the maintenance of the cemetery lives.

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The Manaki photos

The Manaki photos - The photos are in the property of the National archive of the Republic of Macedonia, department in Bitola. The photos are edited by the Macedonian Centre for photography.

The original photos are in the property of the European association for local democracy – ALDA.  Photographer: Zoran Shekerov

 

 

Since its independence in 1991, the name of the country as inscribed in the Macedonian Constitution is "Republic of Macedonia". Nevertheless, and for the purposes of recognition by international organisations and their Member States, the country has agreed to use the designation "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia". It is under this name that the French Republic has recognised this State. On this website, for convenience of language, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" is referred to as the "Republic of Macedonia" or "Macedonia". This does not represent the position of France or Normandy.

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