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Konče (Municipality, Macedonia)


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Flag of Konče - Image by Mello Luchtenberg, 30 March 2007

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Presentation of Konče

The municipality of Konče (3,536 inhabitants; 233.05 sq. km) is made of the 14 villages of Gabrevci, Garvan, Gorna Vraštica, Gorni Lipovikje, Dedino, Dolna Vraštica, Dolni Lipovikje, Dolni Radeš, Zagorci, Konče, Lubnica, Negrenovci, Rakitec and Skoruša.

Quoting the Vertikala website:

The village of Konče is said to have got its name as a result of the big and beautiful night-quarters that used to exist around the monastery church. In the big yard enclosed with a fence, under the thick, cool shadow of the two-centuries old maple-tree and the old and magnificent crowns of walnut-trees, besides the drinking-fountain with cold water, preserved to the present day, are the church of Saint Stefan, the pirg-tower that is damaged to a large extent, as well as some night-quarters built in more recent history. The beauty and mysticalness of the monastery are further supplemented by the story about Kantakuzina, daughter of tyrant Gurge, who spent the last years of her life in the monastery, and abided in the tower next to the church. Since the tower, or the pirg as the villagers call it, did not have an entrance on the outside, Kantakuzina had to enter and exit the tower through an underground tunnel that led from beneath the church altar to the tower. Her grave is also located very near to the pirg-tower.
The exact date of construction of the church is unknown. However, the fact remains that it has been built prior to the year 1366, since that was the year when the monastery was contributed to Hilandar, as a result of a hrisovulja (instrument) issued by Emperor Dušan. Its constructor or maybe restorer was the well-known Duke Nikola Stanjević. At present, the largest portion of the interior of this church, shaped like an inscribed cross with a dome on top of an octagonal drum, is covered with mortar and whitewashed, and only a small part of the original fresco-art has been preserved. The author of all icons on the iconostas is fresco-artist Dimitar Andonov Papradiski.

Ivan Sache, 5 April 2007

Municipal flag of Konče

The flag of Konče, as shown on the Macedonian Ministry of Local Self-Government website (page no longer online), is red with the municipal coat of arms in the middle, surmonted by the name of the municipality in black Cyrillic letters.
The coat of arms shows the local landscape, with the two most commonly grown crops, poppy and tobacco, a river, mountains and the St. Stefan church with the writing XIV (for the XIVth century).

Ivan Sache, 5 April 2007