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Kaçanik (Municipality, Kosovo)


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Flag of Kaçanik - Image by André Coutanche, 8 November 2007

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Presentation of Kaçanik

The municipality of Kaçanik (38,010 inhabitants in 1991, mostly ethnic Albanians; 306 sq. km) is located in south-eastern Kosovo, on the border with North Macedonia. It is made of the town of Kaçanik and 42 villages, most of them being inaccessible during winter.
According to the article "A contribution to the history of Kačanik" published in Russian by O. Zirojević in Glasnik Ethnografskog Instituta (Review of the Institute of Ethnography), 1993, 42, 156-160, Kaçanik is said to have been funded by the Turks, the name of Kaçanik being related with the Turkish words kaçmak, "to flee", and kaçak, "refugee", "renegade". Turkish sources, however, claim that Kaçanik already existed in the Middle Ages (that is before the Ottoman conquest) as the settlements of Kačanik and Stara Kačanik and the district of Kačanici. Great Vizir Gasi Sinan Pasha (d. 1595) built his vakif (religious foundation) in Kaçanik and developed the town. Located close to the important road linking Pristina and Skopje, the town was granted a special status and a fortress was built at the end of the 16th century.

Ivan Sache, 25 November 2006

Flag of Kačanik

The flag of Kačanik is gray with the municipal coat of arms surmounted by the name of the municipality, written in Albanian.

Valentin Poposki, 7 November 2006