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Coat of arms of Jabuka
Coat of arms
Jabuka is located in Serbia
Location of Jabuka within Serbia
Coordinates: 44°56′35″N 20°35′35″E / 44.94306°N 20.59306°E / 44.94306; 20.59306Coordinates: 44°56′35″N 20°35′35″E / 44.94306°N 20.59306°E / 44.94306; 20.59306
DistrictSouth Banat
 • Total51.79 km2 (20.00 sq mi)
79 m (259 ft)
 • Total6,181
 • Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)+381(0)13
Car platesPA

Jabuka (Serbian Cyrillic and Macedonian: Јабука) is a village located in the municipality of Pančevo, South Banat District, Vojvodina, Serbia. The village numbers 6,181 people (census 2011) and has the largest ethnic Macedonian population in Serbia by percentage.


Serbian and Macedonian place names mean apple, Hungarian name (official name Torontálalmás from 1898 to 1918) meant apple of Torontál, and German name (official name Apfeldorf from March 1943 to September 1944) meant apple village. A legend tells about Serbian fishermen who settled near an apple tree, and it was published in printed edition for first time in 1912. There is no deed or other written evidence of founding by first settlers.[2][3]


Jabuka is located on flat and fertile plain nearby Tamiš river at 44°56′35″N 20°35′35″E / 44.94306°N 20.59306°E / 44.94306; 20.59306, approximately 11 km NW of Pančevo and 27 km NE of Pančevo bridge to Belgrade.


Community office in Jabuka, built in 1901
Entry to the village

In the 1970s, scientific staff of Archaeological Institute Belgrade carried out extensive excavations on communal area. The scientists found objects and tracks of temporary settlement of Neolithic (Vinča and Starčevo cultures), Chalcolithic (Baden culture) and Iron periods.[4]

The communal area was part of Temeşvar Eyalet in Ottoman Empire since 1552, after the Treaty of Požarevac part of Habsburg's Banat, since 1765 of military frontier (Austrian Empire) and then it belonged to Torontál county of Austria-Hungary. After World War I was that area part of provisional Torontalsko-tamiške županja (Treaty of Trianon), in 1922 of Belgrade oblast and since 1929 of Danubian Banovina in Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In time after World War II its belonged to Srez Pančevo of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The communal area of Jabuka was part of administrative region of Pančevo municipality from all these centuries to the present.

The modern village of Jabuka was founded by Slavic fishermen in the end of 17th and beginning of the 18th century. ("Selo je imalo 15 porodica slovenskog porekla", their names were Stoikov, Stepan, Pavao and Damian) They might be coming from Romania or Bulgaria.[5] In the first half of the 18th century there were about 15 houses in the village. After the peace treaty with the Ottomans in 1726, Claudius Florimund Graf von Mercy, a man with Lorraine origin, took control of the administration of the Military Frontier. He ordered the inhabitants of Jabuka to be members of the border battalion (Grenzbezirkshauptmannschaft) Opovo - Pančevo. The census from 1733 recorded 19 Slavic (i.e. Serb) families in the village. In the middle of the 18th century, there was 60 houses in the village, and during this time, its inhabitants were Serbs.[6]

In 1921, population of village numbered 3,265 inhabitants, including 2,819 Germans, 348 Romanians, 73 Hungarians, 20 Serbs or Croats, 2 Slovenes, 2 Russians and 1 Englishman.[7][8]

During the World War II, the village was under Axis occupation. In 1941, on a location named Stratište near the village, German forces killed around 600 Jews and Roma in three separate executions.[9] In 1945, a monument (memorial pyramid) dedicated to these victims was built, and later, another monument with memorial house was built too.

In 1944, one part of German population left from the region, together with defeated German army. The remaining Germans of the village were sent to local imprisonments which existed until 1948. After prison camps were dissolved, many of German population left Yugoslavia because of economic reasons.[10][11]

In the time period after World War II the village was settled with families that originated from all parts of Yugoslavia. Most of the settlers were from Macedonia, many of them originating from Kriva Palanka Municipality. In 1948, the majority of inhabitants were Macedonians (2,806 or 63.88%).[12][13]

Historical population

Topographic history[edit]

On 9 May 1768, Joseph II wrote an impression of the structural condition of the village during his inspection of the new part of southern military frontier into his diary: Jabuka is worst of all villages. At the instigation of Viennese Hofkriegsrat and after approval of the financing by Viennese Hofkammer the village was new created and built up until 1774. There is a historical plan of the new village which is kept at the Austrian National Archives. At the beginning of the 19th century, cotton was planted on a trial basis in the northern Jabuka area but it was stopped because of long-term profitability reasons. In 1808, Archduke Ludwig opened a fruit plant nursery which existed until 1873. There is an impression of the old village and the plant nursery (German Obstgarten Plantage) which is recorded on the map of the Franciscan land survey from the early 19th century at the National Archives of Austria. In 1905, cadastral maps of the village were recorded which are kept at the National Archives of Hungary. In 1910, the village consisted of 675 buildings, 478 made of stones or bricks, 147 made of air dried bricks or clay with stone or brick foundation and 50 made of timber or other materials. 627 buildings had roofs made of tiles, slate or sheet metal and 48 made of thatched reeds or straw.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]

Orthodox church Saint Elijah

From 1959 to 1960, the old Roman Catholic Church was demolished due to dilapidated and damp foundations. A part of the dry bricks was used for construction and renovation of new and old houses of the village. The Church was built from 1773 to 1774 in neoclassical stile and renovated gradually and partially from 1829 to 1833, and its deed, dated 14 November 1833, was sealed in a niche behind altar during consecration ceremony, and original deed of foundation stone laid, dated 4 July, was situated on the ground in front of altar. After demolition of last remains of foundation walls, both historical deeds were handed over by governmental authorities of village to Diocese of Zrenjanin and Historical Archive Pančevo. The church was dedicated to Saint Leopold and stood on the place on which the modern school extension including sports hall is now, opened in school year 1961/62.[22][23]

In 1901, the small Orthodox church was built (consecration deed, dated 24 June). Before completion of the church, the Orthodox residents (369 Vlachs and 13 Serbs in 1890) had to go to the churches of the competent parish communities in Sefkerin or Pančevo. The Church is dedicated to Saint Demetrius. In 2011, the construction of the big Orthodox Church started, which was mostly financed by donations. The first mass was celebrated in August 2014. The church is consecrated to Saint Elijah. The new sacral building of the village is opposite the primary school Gotse Delchev in the center of the village.[24][25][26][27][28]


The main occupation of the people is in agriculture, as with many other local settlements. However, many of the inhabitants also work in the factories of the neighbouring city of Pančevo. There is an industrial starch factory on the municipal area.[29]


Given that Jabuka was mostly populated with Macedonians, much of the cultural life of the village reflects these people's cultural traditions. In 1961, the cultural center Kočo Racin was founded in the village. Every year the national holiday Ilinden is celebrated. Since 2008, the festival Tavče Gravče has been also celebrated in the village.[30]

In 2001, local Romani people have formed the association Crni Biseri (Black Pearls). In 2007, some residents founded the cultural and artistic society KUD Vasil Hadžimanov.[31][32]


There is a football club named OFK Jugoslavija in the village. It was founded in 1935 and its club colors are blue and white. Since 1998, there is a handball club (Rukometni Klub) named RK Jabuka.[33][34]




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  2. ^ Samu Borovszky, Magyarország vármegyéi és városai. Torontal vármegye, Budapest 1912, p. 124.
  3. ^ Akiko Shimizu, Die deutsche Okkupation des serbischen Banats 1941-1944 unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der deutschen Volksgruppe in Jugoslawien. Regensburger Schriften aus Philosophie, Politik, Gesellschaft und Geschichte. Band 5, Münster 2003, ISBN 3-8258-5975-4, p. 188-189.
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  7. ^ Opšta državna statistika, Definitivni rezultati popisa stanovništva od 31 januara 1921 godine, Sarajevo 1932, p.354-355.
  8. ^ Ljubiša Ivanovski, Jabuka kroz vekove, Qubesoft, Pančevo 2011, ISBN 978-86-87881-04-4.
  9. ^ Manoschek, Walter (1993). "Serbien ist judenfrei". Militärische Besatzungspolitik und Judenvernichtung in Serbien 1941/42 (2 ed.). Munich: Oldenbourg. p. 102.
  10. ^ Christine Mergel, Josef Jerger, Stefan Metha and Mathias Ulrich, Heimatbuch der Ortsgemeinde Jabuka Torontalalmas Apfeldorf, Ludwigshafen 1990.
  11. ^ Ljubiša Ivanovski, Jabuka kroz vekove, Pančevo 2011.
  12. ^ Savezni zavod za statistiku, Konačni rezultati popisa stanovništva od 15 Marta 1948 godine, Knjiga IX, Belgrade 1954, p. 338.
  13. ^ Simo Mladenovski, Banatsko selo Jabuka, Skopje 1988, p. 88-90.
  14. ^ Felix Milleker, Geschichte der Banater Militärgrenze 1764-1873, Wittigschlager Pančevo 1925, p. 49.
  15. ^ Map of Jabuka in 1774, Plan G I h 3 of the Maps and Plan Collection by National Archives of Austria and the Institute of Military History Budapest on the Website of Hungarian Cultural Heritage Portal, retrieved on 2018-02-20.
  16. ^ Vaterländische Blätter für den österreichischen Kaiserstaat, Volume 1, Vienna 1810, p. 191 on Google Books.
  17. ^ Carl Bernhard von Hietzinger, Statistik der Militärgrenze, Volume 2, Vienna 1820, page 92 on Google Books.
  18. ^ Franz Vaníček, Specialgeschichte der Militärgrenze, Volume 4, Vienna 1875, p. 280 on Google Books.
  19. ^ Historical Map of Franciscan Land Survey (1806-1869), Retrieved on 2018-01-03.
  20. ^ Cadastre maps Jabuka (Hungarian Almás), Retrieved on 2018-01-03.
  21. ^ Magyar Király Központi Statisztikai Hivatal, A magyar szent korona országainak 1910. évi népszámlálása, Budapest 1912, Volume 42, p. 369 on the Website of Hungarian Cultural Heritage Portal, retrieved on 2018-01-09.
  22. ^ Ljubiša Ivanovski, Jabuka kroz vekove, Qubesoft, Pančevo 2011 ISBN 978-86-87881-04-4, p. 56.
  23. ^ Christine Mergel, Josef Jerger, Stefan Metha and Mathias Ulrich, Heimatbuch der Ortsgemeinde Jabuka Torontalalmas Apfeldorf, Ludwigshafen 1990, p. 151.
  24. ^ Ljubiša Ivanovski, Jabuka kroz vekove, Qubesoft, Pančevo 2011 ISBN 978-86-87881-04-4, p. 56.
  25. ^ Magyar Király Statisztikai Hivatal, A magyar korona országainak helységnévtára, Budapest 1892, p. 606 (369 Vlachs and 13 Serbs) on the Website of Hungarian Cultural Heritage Portal, retrieved on 2018-01-08.
  26. ^ Hof- und Staats-Handbuch der österreichisch-ungarischen Monarchie für 1877, Vienna 1877, p. 828 on Google Books.
  27. ^ Report on the consecration by RTV Pančevo on YouTube, retrieved on 2017-12-25.
  28. ^ Official Website by Osnovna škola Jabuka, retrieved on 2017-12-25.
  29. ^ Official Website by Jabuka Starch Industry of Pančevo (in English), Retrieved on 2017-01-06.
  30. ^ Makedonska kuka za makedoncite vo Jabuka (Pančevo), article on the Website by Makedonska nacija (in Macedonian), Retrieved on 2017-01-03.
  31. ^ Notification about DRUŠTVO ROMA CRNI BISERI JABUKA on Bisnode, retrieved on 2017-11-07.
  32. ^ KUD Vasil Hadžimanov on Facebook and Notification on Bisnode, retrieved on 2018-01-08.
  33. ^ Official Website by OFK Jugoslavija Jabuka on Facebook (in Serbian), Retrieved on 2017-01-06.
  34. ^ Notification about RK Jabuka on Bisnode, retrieved on 2017-12-11.

External links[edit]

  • Jabuka on the Official Website by the Municipality of Pančevo (in Serbian)