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Kalesija is a city and municipality located in Tuzla Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in northeastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, east of Tuzla. As of 2013, it has a population of 36,478 inhabitants.
City of Kalesija
Panorama of town
Location of Kalesija within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
|Country||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|• Mayor||Sead Džafić (SDA)|
|• Total||201 km2 (78 sq mi)|
|• Density||183/km2 (470/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code(s)||+387 35|
Atik Mosque in Gornje Vukovije was built at the end of 16th century.
On 2 May 1992 Kalesija was one of the first Bosnian towns to be caught in the initial Serbian offensive. On 11 May 1992, Kalesija and territory east of the river Bjeljevac except for the settlements of Zukići and Jajić were placed under occupation.
On 23 May 1992, Kalesija was retaken by Bosnian forces.
Consequences of the occupation included ethnic cleansing, population displacement and suffering, many people being taken to the camps, the destruction of Kalesija villages, destruction of religious buildings and industrial plants.
The Dayton Agreement appointed a new administrative arrangement of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 71 km2 (26.1%) of the territory of the municipality Kalesija became the new municipality of Osmaci. The following villages now form the municipality of Osmaci: Mahala, Hajvazi, Caparde, Kulina, Kusonje, Kosovača, Vilčevići, Matkovac, Osmaci, Šeher, Rakino Brdo, Borogovo, Sajtovići, Like and Drvenice.
The 1971 Yugoslav census showed that the population of Kalesija was 32,577 inhabitants, made up of:
- 24,771 Bosniaks - (76.03%)
- 7,606 Serbs - (23.34%)
- 40 Croats - (0.12%)
- 23 Yugoslavs - (0.07%)
- 137 others - (0.44%)
In the 1991 census, the municipality of Kalesija had 41,795 inhabitants:
In the 2013 census, the municipality of Kalesija had 33,053 inhabitants:
• Babina Luka • Borogovo • Brezik • Bulatovci • Caparde • Dubnica • Gojčin • Hajvazi • Hrasno Donje • Hrasno Gornje • Jeginov Lug • Jelovo Brdo • Kalesija • Kadrići • Kikači • Kosovača • Kulina • Kusonje • Lipovice • Mahala • Matkovac • Memići • Miljanovci • Osmaci • Petrovice • Prnjavor • Rainci Donji • Rainci Gornji • Rakino Brdo • Sajtovići • Sarači • Seljublje • Staro Selo • Šeher • Tojšići • Vilčevići • Vukovije Donje • Vukovije Gornje • Zelina • Zolje • Zukići
In the area of municipality Kalesija there are six elementary schools. They are located in Kalesija, Rainci Gornji, Gojčin, Memići, Vukovije and Tojšići.