Berevce

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Location
42°14'44"N
021°01'27"E
Country
 Kosovo
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Berevce (Serbian Cyrillic: Беревце, Albanian: Beroc) is a settlement in the Štrpce municipality in Kosovo. It is inhabited by ethnic Serbs, according to the 1991 census, it had 792 inhabitants.

Geography

It is situated in the northeastern part of the Šar Mountains, at the foot of a ridge of the Žar Mountain, on the left riverbank of the Lepenac. It is physiognomically like the southern part of Štrpce.

History

Berevce is mentioned three times in the 13th century, then part of the Serbian Kingdom.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 two cities, Gradište (in Brezovica) and Zidinac (in Gotovuša), near Berevce. Several remains of Byzantine forts exist in the region.The village has two cathedrals of the 16th century: the Church of Parascheva, and the Church of St. Demetrius. The Church of Parascheva is in good shape, it was renovated in 1960s when a new bell was built. In the 13th century, the church was a notable literary center in which noted deacon Ravul wrote in; his manuscripts today exist in museums of Dublin. The village is part of the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Serbian Orthodox Eparchy of Raška and Prizren. In 1894, the village had 62 houses, all ethnic Serb.According to data from 1938, the village had the following kin families, with their number of houses, traditions (Krsna Slava, patron saint day), and history: Đurinac (13 houses, Slava of St. Nicholas), indigenous. Mutavdžijin (1 house, St. Nicholas), indigenous. Šarkočević (13 houses, St. Nicholas). Kovačević (11 houses, Vavedenje), settled from the vicinity of Kaçanik. Popović (6 houses), Krpačević (4 houses) and Boško (5 houses), all with the Slava of St. Demetrius. They hail from Montenegro, from where they settled in Mušutište, in Metohija, then in Berevce at the end of the 18th century. They are kin to the Popović of Gornja Bitinja.

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The rural settlement has a cadastre of 1458 hectares, with primarily livestock farming (ratarsko-stočarstvo) and Pomology.
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