Dolna Bela Crkva

Dolna Bela Crkva (Macedonian: Долна Бела Црвка, meaning Lower White Church; Albanian: Bollocërkë e Poshtme) is a village in the Resen Municipality of North Macedonia, north of Lake Prespa. The village, located roughly 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the municipal centre of Resen,[1] has 237 residents.[2]

Dolna Bela Crkva
Долна Бела Црква
Bollocërkë e Poshtme
Village
Panoramic view of the village Dolna Bela Crkva
Panoramic view of the village Dolna Bela Crkva
Dolna Bela Crkva is located in North Macedonia
Dolna Bela Crkva
Dolna Bela Crkva
Location within North Macedonia
Coordinates: 41°02′12″N 21°01′52″E / 41.03667°N 21.03111°E / 41.03667; 21.03111
Country North Macedonia
RegionLogo of Pelagonia Region.svg Pelagonia
MunicipalityCoat of arms of Resen Municipality.svg Resen
Population
 (2002)
 • Total237
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code+389
Car platesRE

DemographicsEdit

Dolna Bela Crkva has an Orthodox ethnic Macedonian majority, with a significant Muslim Albanian Sunni and Bektashi minority, of whom the latter are known locally as Kolonjarë.[3][4] Sunni Albanians in Dolna Bela Crkva traditionally highlighted their religious identity over a linguistic one having closer economic and social relations with Turks and Macedonian Muslims in the region and being distant from Orthodox Macedonians.[4] Over time these differences have disappeared through intermarriage, closer communal and cultural relations with Bektashi and other Sunni Prespa Albanian communities in the region.[4]

Ethnic
group
census 1961 census 1971 census 1981 census 1991 census 1994 census 2002
Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number %
Macedonians 222 65.1 230 56.9 259 64.8 215 70.7 167 67.1 156 65.8
Albanians 119 34.9 173 42.8 138 34.5 82 27.0 82 32.9 81 34.2
others 0 0.0 1 0.3 3 0.8 7 2.3 0 0.0 0 0.0
Total 341 404 400 304 249 237

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dolna Bela Crkva". Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Municipality of Resen". Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  3. ^ Censuses of population 1948 - 2002 Archived October 14, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c Sugarman, Jane (1997). Engendering song: Singing and subjectivity at Prespa Albanian weddings. University of Chicago Press. pp. 9–11. ISBN 9780226779720.

Coordinates: 41°02′N 21°01′E / 41.033°N 21.017°E / 41.033; 21.017