|Municipality and town|
|Gjilan / Gjilani
Mosque in Gjilan.
|District||District of Gjilan|
|• Mayor||Lutfi Haziri (LDK)|
|• Municipality and town||515 km2 (199 sq mi)|
|• Urban||13.302 km2 (5.136 sq mi)|
|• Municipality and town||90,015 (municipality)|
|• Density||229.7/km2 (595/sq mi)|
|• Metro||52,000 City|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||+381 280|
|Website||Municipality of Gjilan|
Gjilan or Gnjilane (Albanian: Gjilan or Gjilani; Serbian: Гњилане, Gnjilane, pronounced [ɡɲîlane]; Turkish: Gilan) is a city and municipality in eastern Kosovo.[a] It is the administrative center of the district. It is famous for having recorded the lowest temperature in Kosovo with −32.5 °C (−26.5 °F) on 25 January 1963.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Etymology
- 3 History
- 4 Population
- 5 Economy
- 6 Culture
- 7 Features
- 8 Sports
- 9 Notable people
- 10 International relations
- 11 Annotations
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The etymology of Gjilan is in Albanian, as it is believed that the city (initially a village) obtained its name from Bahti Beg Gjinolli of Gjinaj clan that ruled the region of Llapi and Drenica, and populated this area in the 18th century (around 1750). Before the settlement of the Albanian Gjinaj clan, the area was known as Morava.
Middle Ages and Ottoman period
In 1342, a place called Morava was visited by Serbian King Stefan Dušan (later Emperor, r. 1331-1355). A fort was built nearby in the 14th century. Gornja Morava was known as simply Morava under Ottoman rule, and it extended west of the Upper Žegra-Budriga-Cernica line, thus Gjilan stayed in the oblast (province) of Topolnica, which provincial seat was Novo Brdo. In the 1455 defter (Ottoman tax registry), Gjilan was inhabited by Serbs, and the priest Božidar served the town. There were 41 households. Haji Kalfa (first half of the 17th century) mentions Morava being 17 days from Constantinople. Gornja Morava and Izmornik were organized into the Sanjak of Vučitrn up until the 18th century. Gjilan became a kadiluk around 1780, and 20–25 years later a large village.
In 1915, in and around the city, the Serbian army made a futile stand against the 1st Army of Bulgaria, during the World War I Battle of Kosovo. That battle resulted in the ultimate defeat of the Serbian military, and the occupation by the forces allied with the then German Empire.
In World War II there was a significant amount of activity in and around Gjilan by the Partisans fighting against Nazi Germany and her allies. Monuments to these actions can still be found today, one of which is located in the middle of the village of Koretište.
In 1999, Camp Monteith was established outside the city as a base of operations for KFOR during Operation Joint Guardian, on the site of a destroyed Serbian military base which is handed over to Kosovo Protection Corps in 2007 after U.S. Military downsized their troops. Gjilan has also served as the regional headquarters of the UNMIK International Police task force from 1999.
|Source: Yugoslav Population Censuses for data through 1991,and Kosovo 2011 census.|
In the municipality according to the 2011 census there are 978 Turks or 1% of the municipality population.The number of serbs now is smaller,because of creation of the new municipality of Parteš.
Education in Gjilan includes primary, secondary education, and a public university. Currently there are 23608 Albanian students and 881 minority students enrolled in educational institutions around Gjilan.
There are 3,700 registered private businesses in the municipality employing 7,900 people. Before 1999, Gjilan was an important industrial centre in Kosovo. Still in operation are the radiator factory and tobacco factory, which has been recently privatized. The new city business incubator, supported by the European Agency for Reconstruction, was inaugurated in Summer 2007.
Flaka e Janarit
Flaka e Janarit is a cultural event that starts on the 11th of January in Gjilan, Kosovo with symbolic opening of the flame, to keep up with various cultural activities to 31 January of each year. In this city, it gathers thousands of artists and art lovers from all the Albanian territories, who for three consecutive weeks transform the city into a culture metropolis. The nation's martyrs are honored through values of art by this event, which began before the 10th anniversary of the assassination of the writer, the activist and the patriot Jusuf Gërvalla, along with Kadri Zeka and Bardhosh Gërvalla. It was exactly the 10th anniversary without these three martyrs of freedom and from coincidence of these murders in a same date on 11 January, this event got this name "Flaka e Janarit". Moreover, this month has "eaten" lots of devout patriots.
- Đorđe Martinović (b. 1929), Serbian farmer
- Artan Latifi (b. 1984), Kosovar footballer
- Bleran Nuredini (b. 1996)
- Zoran Antić (b. 1975), Serbian footballer
- Faton Bislimi (b. 1983), Kosovan author
- Nijazi Ramadani (b. 1964), Kosovan poetry writer
- Albert Bunjaku (b. 1983), Swiss footballer
- Dragan Dimić, Serbian footballer
- Bajram Haliti (b. 1955), Romani writer
- Shpëtim Hasani (b. 1982), Kosovan footballer
- Lutfi Haziri (b. 1969), Kosovan politician
- Genta Ismajli (b. 1985), Kosovan singer
- Ismet Munishi (b. 1974), Kosovan footballer
- Aljmir Murati (b. 1985), Swiss footballer
- Zenun Pajaziti (b. 1966), Kosovan politician
- Slobodan Pavić (b. 1992), Serbian handballer
- Blagoje Savić (b. 1951), Serbian poet
- Xherdan Shaqiri (b. 1991), Swiss footballer
- Mira Stupica (b. 1923), Serbian actress
- Goran Svilanović (b. 1963), Serbian politician
- Faton Toski (b. 1987), German footballer
- Predrag Vasić (b. 1997), Serbian actor
- Granit Xhaka (b. 1992), Swiss footballer
- Taulant Xhaka (b. 1991), Swiss footballer
- Ron Rexhi (b. 1992), British-Kosovan Rapper
Twin towns – Sister cities
Gjilan is twinned with:
- 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 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.
- Kostić 1922, p. 126
ГЊИЛАНЕ. ИЛИ. ГИЉАНЕ. У 14. веку помиње се неко место Морава, где се 1342. год бакио краљ Душан. Хаџи Калфа (прва половина 17. века) помиње неко место Мораву, на 17 дана од Цариграда. Јањева, Новог Брда и Кача- ...
- Urošević/Macura 1987, p. 10
Горња Морава се под турском управом звала само Мора- ва, а протезала се западно од линије с. Жегра — Будрига — Церница, тако да је Гњилане остајало у области Топонице, чије је обласно средиште било Ново Брдо.
- Kalezić 2002, p. 448
Из турског дефтера (1455) види се да је насељено Србима и да је у њему служио свештеник Божидар. Старо Гњилане налазило се у Петиковиди (Петковици) предграђу данашњег насеља које је подиг- нуто на месту
- Urošević/Macura 1987, p. 11
- Cvijić 1930, p. 38
Гњилане је дакле могло постати тек после овог кадије, око 1780 године, тако да је после 20 — 25 година, на крају 18 века, могло бити велико село — варошица. При доласку Џинића у новобрдски
- "Gjilan/Gjilan" (PDF). Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- OSCE Implementation of the Law on the Use of Languages by Kosovo Municipalities
- Rrustemi, Sabit (2001). Cultural literary magazine "Agmia" 5: Pg.85–86. Missing or empty
- А. Урошевић: Гњилане. — Гласник Географског друштва, св. ХУП. Београд, 1931
- А. Урошевић: Горња Морава и Изморник., Насеља и порекло становништва, књ. 28, Београд 1935
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