Demir Hisar (town)

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Demir Hisar (town)
Демир Хисар
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Flag of Demir Hisar (town)
Coat of arms of Demir Hisar (town)
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Demir Hisar is located in Republic of Macedonia
Demir Hisar
Demir Hisar
Location within Macedonia
Coordinates: 41°16′0″N 21°12′0″E / 41.26667°N 21.20000°E / 41.26667; 21.20000Coordinates: 41°16′0″N 21°12′0″E / 41.26667°N 21.20000°E / 41.26667; 21.20000
Country  Macedonia
Municipality Demir Hisar
 • Mayor Ljupcho Blazhevski (VMRO-DPMNE)
Population (2002)
 • Total 2,593
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) +389
Car plates BT
Climate Cfb

Demir Hisar (Macedonian: Демир Хисар [dɛˈmir‿xisar]) (formerly Murgaševo[when?]) is a town in Republic of Macedonia. It is the seat of Demir Hisar Municipality. This small settlement has an absolute Macedonian ethnic majority. The name of the town translates to "Iron Castle" in Turkish, and dates back to the time when Macedonia was ruled by the Ottoman Empire.

Couple of Demir Hisar, dressed in folklore costume, photographed in the studio of the brothers Manaki in Bitola, 1916


Due to the richness of these mountains with iron ore, the area was named either Zeleznik or Zeleznec, depending on the ruler. This area is also known as Sider Castro, which in Greek means Iron Fortress and Demir Hisar is a name that the Turks gave this area which means Iron Mountain. That name remained till today.


The settlement is situated along the main road between the important Macedonian cities of Bitola and Kičevo. It is made up of smaller villages, including Barakovo.


The town of Demir Hisar has 2,593 residents.[1]

Number %
TOTAL 2,593 100
Macedonians 2,473 95.37
others 120 4.62