Gevgelija Macedonia

Gevgelija is city in Gevgelija-Valandovo valley with 15,685 inhabitants (2002).

It is located on the right side of the river Vardar and Macedonian-Greek border in the plain part of the eponymous valley.
Just off the city from the east side passes the European route E-75. In the same direction leads the railway line.

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The city lies at an altitude of 60 m and covers an area of 705 ha. Gevgelija has modified Mediterranean climate with an average annual air temperature of 14.2 ° C (57.6 F).

Main hydrographic object in city is Konjska Reka (Horse River) which flows through the city center, and on the east side passes the river Vardar. 4 km from the city in the village Negorci, the Negorski Bath is located.

Today's city was developed from a small settlement in the second half of the nineteenth century. In 1863 in the neighborhood there were only about 60 houses.

The name comes from the word dzevgar - two oxen or dzevgelija - plowed field. Its rapid development begins after the construction of the railway line Thessaloniki - Skopje in 1873. In 1886 becomes kaza and is declared as city. In 1894 in Gevgelija is built one of the first factories in Macedonia, the silk factory known as "Filatura”.
Silk manufacture was the main occupation of the population. At the end of the nineteenth century Gevgelija had about 4,400 inhabitants, from which 3,000 inhabitants were Macedonians, 1,200 Turks and Cerkezi and some Vlachs and Jews. During the First World War because of the war destructions, and in the period between the two world wars as city located on country border, the economy in the city declined and also the population.

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