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Ski resort, March 2010
|• Total||30 sq mi (80 km2)|
|Elevation||3,330 ft (1,015 m)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||+381 290|
|Car plates||UR (05 in Kosovo)|
Brezovica (Serbian Cyrillic: Брезовица) is a settlement in the Štrpce[b] municipality in Kosovo.[a] It is inhabited by ethnic Serbs, according to the 1991 census, it had 442 inhabitants. It is famous for its ski resort.
It is situated in the northeastern part of the Šar Mountains, and in the drainage basin of the Lepenac river. The Brezovica ski resort is situated between 900 m and 2,500 m above sea level. There is a combination of mild valley climate[clarification needed] in the lower parts and Alpine climate in the higher regions.
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Wide ski terrains of the Ski Centre Brezovica are made of a system that includes: 5 chair lifts and 5 ski lifts, connected with 16 km of ski slopes of the average length 3,000 meters. On Brezovica FIS slopes for slalom, giant slalom, downhill race and “Super G” simultaneously could ski 50,000 skiers.
A number of successful national and international competitions are held at the resort, including the Belgrade-owned "Inex ski center Brezovica", among others. A number of Kosova winter sport teams train at the resort.
In Medieval Serbia, the župa (province) of Sirinić (first mentioned in a charter of the 13th century, the second time in 1331, in a charter of Emperor Stephen Dušan) existed, covering the whole of modern Štrpce municipality, having the cities of Gradište (in Brezovica) and Zidinac (in Gotovuša). Several remains of Byzantine forts exist in the region. At the top of the Čajlije hill, above the mouth of the Piljevac creek of the Lepenac river, there exists the remains of the Gradište fort, which has two layers, the first from the 6th century, and the second from the 13th century. The fort is in ruins, of which a donjon tower, and outlines of other buildings, can be identified. The entrance to the city, at the north, was protected by a tower. From that tower, a rampart continued, with another tower, from where a defensive wall stretched to the foot of the hill, towards the Lepenac.
- Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 107 out of 193 United Nations member states.
- Štrpce, as a municipality with a Serb majority, along with 10 other municipalities in Kosovo, is part of the Assembly of the Community of Municipalities of the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija and the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija, which defy the declaration of independence by the ROK, and continue to act under the Government of Serbia.
- Republic of Serbia, Министарствo за Косово и Метохију, Општина Штрпце
- SANU, National Center for Digitization, Cultural Monuments in Serbia: Ostaci tvrđave Gradište-Čajlije
- SANU, National Center for Digitization, Cultural Monuments in Serbia: Rakanovac
- 1981 Census, Kosovo
- Kosovo censuses 1948-1991
- Declaration of Establishing the Assembly of the Community of Municipalities of the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija