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Berovo (Municipality, Macedonia)


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[Flag of Berovo]

Flag of Berovo - Image by Mello Luchtenberg, 10 July 2007

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Presentation of Berovo

The municipality of Berovo (13,941 inhabitants; 598.07 sq. km) is made of the town of Berovo and the eight villages of Budinarci, Vladimirovo, Dvorište, Mačevo, Mitrašinci, Ratevo, Rusinovo and Smojmirovo.

Berovo is located at an elevation of 1,000 m asl in the mountains of eastern Macedonia. Lake Berovo and the Malsevo mountains are popular sites for tourism.
Berovo has been a center of monachism since the building of a first monastery consecrated in 1818. At that time, Berovo was a small village with a ruined church. Friar Peco, the parish priest, was commissionned by the villagers to obatin a building permit from the Turkish Vali (Governor) of Radoviš. The conditions given by the Vali were impossible to fulfill: the church was to be built below the road level and not to be seen, within 40 days, while Peco's youngest daughter had to join he Sultan's harem. The church was indeed built above ground and in more than 40 days, and the promised girl had left. Three church elders were murdered in front of the church and Peco was thrown into jail; three years later, he was released and his daughter came back to learn that the Governor had been killed. All of that is a nice legend, since there is no historical record of the building of the church!
The first nuns' monastery was founded 20 years after the buildign of the church. In the beginning of the XXth century, the monastery had up to 60 nuns, who managed a seminary, a weaving mill and the first power plant in the region.

Source: Strumica Diocese website

Ivan Sache, 12 August 2007

Flag of Berovo

As communicated by the municipal administration of Berovo, the flag of Berovo is in proportions 1:2, blue with a red print of the municipal emblem in the middle.
Lake Berovo with its dam, the monastery and the pine forest of Berovo seem to be portrayed on the municipal emblem.

Valentin Poposki & Ivan Sache, 12 August 2007