Sredorek (region)

Sredorek (Macedonian: Средорек) is a historical and geographical region in northeastern Republic of Macedonia. It includes settlements in the Pčinja river valley, parts of the mountainous regions of Kozjak (Kozjačija), German and Rujen, which are today located within the Municipality of Staro Nagoričane. The region is predominantly inhabited by ethnic Macedonians and ethnic Serbs (see Serbs in the Republic of Macedonia), adherents of Eastern Orthodoxy. In the Middle Ages, the region was part of the župe (counties) of Žegligovo and Preševo.

Notable monuments in the region include the Church of St. George,

GeographyEdit

The region includes settlements in the Pčinja river valley, parts of the mountainous regions of Kozjak (Kozjačija), German, Rujen, which are today located within the Municipality of Staro Nagoričane; roughly from Pčinja and the lower course of the Kriva Reka.[1] The region borders Serbia to the north, and the historical and geographical regions of Slavište and Stracin.

SettlementsEdit

 
Map of the Municipality of Staro Nagoričane (in Macedonian).

HistoryEdit

In 1354, when Dejan had finished building the Arhiljevica Church of the Holy Mother of God, his endowment, he asked that some of the villages under his administration be granted to the church (as metochion).[2] According to Stefan Dušan's charter to Arhiljevica dated 10 August 1354,[2] sevastokrator Dejan, whom he called his brother ("брат царства ми севастократор Дејан"),[3] possessed a large province east of Skopska Crna Gora. It included the old župe (counties) of Žegligovo and Preševo (modern Kumanovo region with Sredorek, Kozjačija and the larger part of Pčinja).[4] Among the granted villages, still existing today in Sredorek, were: Ruǵince, Dejlovce and Vračevce.

Serbian geographer and sociologist Jovan Cvijić travelled and studied the lands, and included the region of Sredorek (chapter "Средорек, Страцин и Славиште").[5][6] Jovan Hadži-Vasiljević also travelled and studied the lands.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ др Слободан Зечевић. Гласник Етнографског музеја у Београду књ. 36: Bulletin du Musée Ethnographique de Belgrade. Etnografski muzej u Beogradu. pp. 16–. GGKEY:L58360RG0XK. Средорек (између Пчиње и доњег тока Криве реке)
  2. ^ a b Blagojević 2007, pp. 448–449
  3. ^ Mandić 1986, p. 161

    У повељи манастиру Архиљевици, издатој ав- густа 1355. године, Душан на три места каже: „Брат царства ми севастократор Дејан". Именица брат има вишеструко значење. Најодређеније је оно примарно: рођени брат.

  4. ^ Istorisko Društvo NR Srbije 1951, pp. 20–21

    према повељи манастиру богоро- дичимог ваведења у Архиљевици,50 држао као своју баштину пространу област иеточно од Скопске Црне Горе. Она је обухватала старе жупе Прешево и Жеглигово (данас кумановски крај са Средореком, Козјачијом...

  5. ^ Jovan Cvijić (1906). Osnove za geografiju i geologiju Makedonije. Štampano u državnoj štampariji Kraljevine Srbije.
  6. ^ Narodna privreda u prisajedinjenim oblastima: izveštaji komisija ministrstva narodne privede. Izd. ministarstva narodne privrede. 1914.