Last modified: 2007-08-12 by ivan sache
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Flag of Radoviš - Image by Mello Luchtenberg, 1 April 2007
The municipality of Radoviš (28,244 inhabitants; 56.77 sq. km), located in eastern Macedonia, is made of the town of Radoviš and the 36 villages of Ali Koc, Ali Lobaci, Bučim, Voislavci, Damjan, Držani, Durutlija, Zleovo, Iljevo, Jargulica, Kalauzlija, Kalugjerica, Karalobosi, Karadžalar, Kozbunar, Kodžalija, Novo Selo, Oraovica, Papavica, Pogulevo, Podareš, Pokrajčevo, Prnalija, Rakliš, Sarigjol, Smilanci, Suldurci, Supurge, Topolnica, Kjoselija, Hudaverija, Češme Maale, Šanitaš, Šipkovica and Šturovo.
The town of Radoviš is built on the river Strumica, which has its source on the neighbouring Plaskovica mountain. According to the legend, the name of Radoviš comes from rado vis, to look with pleasure. Once upon a time, the Slavic princess of Radoviš, standing on the fortress wall, was advized by her fiance to rado vis; this was expected to warn her of an enemy attack and became a symbol of endurance. Other traditions say that the town was named after Princess Rada. During Tsar Samuel's rule, whereas the neighbouring town of Konče was a religious center, Radoviš was a trade and business center; it was mentioned for the first time in 1019 in the deed of the Byzantine Emperor Basil II. At the time, the town was located north-west of its present site.
Radoviš is known for the production of pepper and oriental, small-leaved tobacco Jaka (4,000 tons per year). The only gold and copper mine in Macedonia is located in the village of Bučim, producing yearly 45,000 tons of copper concentrate, 7,000 tons of cathode copper, 800-1,000 kilos of gold and 1,000 kilos of silver. The iron mine of Damjan is no longer exploited.
Radoviš is one of the world capitals of Olympic wrestling; the BK Bučim Jaka club was proclaimed European Champion in 1995 and World Champion in 1996. The poetry festival "Aco Karamanov Poetry Meetings" recalls Aco Karamanov (1927-1944), a poet and revolutionary from Radoviš.
Ivan Sache, 7 April 2007
The municipal flag of Radoviš, as shown on the Macedonian Ministry of Local Self-Government website (page no longer online), is dark green with the municipal coat of arms outlined in gold and the white Cyrillic writing OPŠTINA / RADOVIŠ on each side of the shield. The coat of arms is dark green with a blue diagonal stripe (the river Strumica), two golden hammers crossed in saltire in canton (mining) and two tobacco leaves over the river in the middle of the flag. The shield is surmonted by a crown, most probably alluding to Princess Rada.
Ivan Sache, 7 April 2007