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Pehčevo (Municipality, Macedonia)


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Municipal flag of Pehčevo - Image by Mello Luchtenberg & António Martins, 17 November 2006

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Presentation of Pehčevo

The municipality of Pehčevo (5,517 inhabitants; 208.2 sq. km), located in eastern Macedonia, is made of the town of Pehčevo and the 6 settlements of Negrevo, Pančarevo, Robovo, Umleca, Crnik and Čiflik.
The municipality is fairly isolated and lives mostly from agriculture, producing the malesevsko sirense, the country top-priced sheep's cheese.

Pehčevo was one of the centers of the Razlovec Uprising, which broke out against the Ottomans in May 1876. The uprising was well prepared and well organised: arms, gun power and lead had been purchased in Solun and the people secretly prepared for an insurrection. Fearing that the Turks had already discovered their plans, the rebels started the uprising earlier. It broke out in the village of Razlovec near Berovo, and quickly spread to the area around Pehčevo, the whole of Malesevija, and the upper course of the River Bregalnica. After some initial successes, the rebellion was put down by strong Turkish forces. The captured rebels were taken to Solun, Seres, Skopje and other towns where they were cruelly tortured and put to death. The Razlovec Uprising was the first organised armed resistance by the Macedonian people against the Ottomans, and created the beginning of the Macedonian liberation and revolutionary struggle.
The seismic zone of Pehčevo-Kresna experienced the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Macedonia on 4 April 1904 (maximum occurred Richter magnitude: 7.8).

Source: Cybermacedonia

Ivan Sache, 17 November 2006

Municipal flag of Pehčevo

The municipal flag of Pehčevo, as shown on the Macedonian Ministry of Local Self-Government website (page no longer online), is quartered blue-red by a yellow saltire which forms in the middle of the flag a disc with two vertical points and surrounds the municipal coat of arms.
The coat of arms shows a mountain landscape lit by the sun.

Ivan Sache, 17 November 2006