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Kruševo (Municipality, North Macedonia)


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Flag of Kruševo - Image by Mello Luchtenberg, 4 April 2007

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Presentation of Kruševo

The municipality of Kruševo (9,684 inhabitants; 190.68 is made of the town of Kruševo and the 19 villages of Alganci, Arilevo, Velušino, Bipino, Borino, Bučin, Vrboec, Gorno Divjaci, Dolno Divjaci, Jakrenovo, Miloševo, Norovo, Ostrilci, Presil, Pusta Reka, Saždevo, Sveto Mitraci and Selce.

The small, picturesque town of Kruševo is the highest town in the Balkan (1,350 m asl); it has kept several old houses with characteristic North Macedonian architecture. Kruševo was the seat of the short-lived Republic of Kruševo, which emerged after the Ilinden Uprising in 1903.
Every year on Ilinden's Day (2 August), hand woven blankets (jambolii) of diverse colours show up on the windows and balconies of the town. The uprising is recalled by the Makedonium monument.
A memorial gallery recalls the local expressionist painter Nikola Martinovski (1903-1973), a master of modern Macedonian painting.

Ivan Sache, 8 April 2007

Flag of Kruševo

The flag of Kruševo (Macedonian Ministry of Local Self-Government website, page no longer online), is vertical, red with an emblem in the center. The emblem, all in gold, shows a handshake over a torch surmounting two crossed plant boughs. There are Cyrillic writings, above the emblem SMRT ILI SLOBODA (Death or Freedom) and below it ZNAME NA KRUŠEVSKATA ČETA (Flag of the Kruševo Company).
This flag is modelled on the historical flag used during the Ilinden Uprising, kept in the Skopje Historical Museum. The differences in the writings between the two flags are caused by the linguistic standardization set up in 1945.

Ivan Sache & Valentin Poposki, 8 April 2007