|City of Kruševac|
Clockwise, from top: Panorama of Kruševac, County Authorities Building, Lazarica Church
Location of the city of Kruševac within Serbia
|Region||Šumadija and Western Serbia|
|Founded by||Lazar of Serbia|
|• Mayor||Dragi Nestorović (SNS)|
|• Administrative||854 km2 (330 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Kruševac (Serbian Cyrillic: Крушевац [krûʃeʋat͡s] ( listen)) is a city and the administrative center of the Rasina District in central Serbia. It is located in the valley of West Morava, on Rasina river. According to the 2011 census, the administrative area has a population of 128,752, while the city urban area has 73,316.
The city was founded in 1371, by Prince Lazar of Serbia (1371–1389), who used it as his seat.
The etymology is derived from the Serbian word for "river stone", krušac which was largely used for a building at that time.
Kruševac was founded in 1371, as a fortified town in the possession of Lord Lazar Hrebeljanović. The Lazarica Church (or Church of St, Stephen) was built by Lazar between 1375–78, in the Morava architectural style. It is mentioned in one of Lazar's edicts in 1387, as his seat, when he affirmed the rights of Venetian merchants on Serbian territory. In preparation for the Battle of Kosovo (1389) against the Ottoman Empire, the Serbian army assembled in the city. The site of Lazar's palace is marked by a ruined enclosure containing a fragment of the tower of his spouse Princess Milica, and, according to legend, tidings of the defeat were brought to her by crows from the battlefield. After the battle, the city was held by Princess Milica as her seat. The little that remains of Lazar's city is the Kruševac Fortress, which was declared a Cultural Monument of Exceptional Importance in 1979. Several old Ottoman houses were left at the beginning of the 20th century, besides an old Turkish fountain and bath, which was known as Alacahisar (Aladža Hisar) during Ottoman rule between 1427–1833 (nominally to 1867) when Kruševac was the seat of the Sanjak of Kruševac. The Ottoman rule was interrupted during Austrian occupations between 1688–1690 and 1717–1739.
A large monument dedicated to the fallen Serbs at the Battle of Kosovo was sculpted by Petar Ubaković (1852–1910). A part of the monument is also a statue of the famous blind Serbian poet Filip Višnjić.
During World War II there was a mass executions of patriots and antifascists on hill Bagdala. Largest execution was in summer of 1943. At place of executions now is a monument named Slobodište (from the serbian word "sloboda" what means freedom). Kruševac was liberated on 14. october when chetnik collaborators and Germans together left the city.
Kruševac had a large progress during period of SFRY. That period, large number of factories were built and Kruševac become one of strongest industrial centrals in Serbia and Yugoslavia. Machine factory IMK 14. oktobar Kruševac emploed around 7 000 workers.
But large Kruševac industry have not survived the NATO bombing and post-Milošević transition. In 2002 alone 5 factories went bankrupt. From 2002 to 2014 27 factories closed and around 11,000 workers lost their jobs. The unemployment rate in Kruševac is 39%.
Aside from the city urban area, the city administrative area includes the following 101 settlements:
- Begovo Brdo
- Bela Voda
- Velika Kruševica
- Velika Lomnica
- Veliki Kupci
- Veliki Šiljegovac
- Veliko Golovode
- Veliko Krušince
- Gornji Stepoš
- Donji Stepoš
- Mala Vrbnica
- Mala Reka
- Mali Kupci
- Mali Šiljegovac
- Malo Golovode
- Malo Krušince
- Ribarska Banja
According to the 2011 census results, the city of Kruševac has a total population of 128,752 inhabitants. The ethnic composition of the city administrative area:
Seats in the city parliament won in the 2016 local elections:
|Serbian Progressive Party||53|
|Socialist Party of Serbia||8|
- Stefan Lazarević (1377–1427), medieval ruler of Serbia
- Stojan Protić (1857–1923), Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes 1918–1919, 1920
- Stanislav Binički (1872–1942), Serbian composer (Marš na Drinu)
- Dobrica Ćosić (1921–2014), Serbian writer, first President of FR Yugoslavia
- Taško Načić (1934–1993), Serbian actor
- Miodrag Petrović Čkalja (1924–2003), One of the most popular Serbian comedians
- Bata Paskaljević (1923–2004), Serbian actor
- Radmila Savićević (1926–2001), Serbian actress
- Ljiljana Jovanović (1930–2012), Serbian actress
- Vojin Ćetković (b. 1971), Serbian actor
- Nataša Tapušković (b. 1975), Serbian actress
- Branislav Trifunović (b. 1978), Serbian actor
- Miroslav Mišković (b. 1945), Serbian businessman
- Dragiša Binić (b. 1961), Serbian footballer, 1990–91 European Cup winner
- Milić Jovanović (b. 1966), Serbian footballer, 1990–91 European Cup winner
- Ognjen Petrović (b. 1948), Serbian footballer
- Bojan Zajić (b. 1980), Serbian footballer
- Predrag Pavlović (b. 1986), Serbian footballer
- Milan Gajić (b. 1986), Serbian footballer
- Nikola Milošević (b. 1993), Serbian footballer
- Predrag Jovanović (b. 1950), Serbian musician
- Nebojša Bradić (b. 1956), Serbian theatre director, and former Minister of Culture
- Goran Grbović (b. 1961), Serbian basketball player, bronze medalist at the EuroBasket 1987
- Dragan Milosavljević (b. 1989), Serbian basketball player, silver medalist at the EuroBasket 2017
- Ognjen Jaramaz (b. 1995), Serbian basketball player
- Aleksandar Mitrović (b. 1982), Serbian volleyball player
- Tijana Bogdanović (b. 1998), Serbian taekwondo practitioner, European champion and silver medalist at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Twin towns — Sister cities
Kruševac is twinned with:
Other forms of co-operation and city friendship similar to the twin/sister city programmes:
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kruševac.|
- City of Kruševac Website
- Internet portal Kruševac – Independent Website
- KruševacPRESS – the first private owned officially registered Kruševac-based Internet media
- Kruševčki internet portal 37000.info
- Kruševac Online
- Politički portal Rasinskog okruga
- Kruševac Info portal grada
- Swimming club Napredak Kruševac