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Debar (Дебар) city, Macedonia

Debar is a city in the western part of the Republic of Macedonia with 14,561 inhabitants. Located in Debar Valley, southwest of Mount Desat, on an altitude of 700 m. It covers an area of 360 ha. The climate is changing continental with an average annual air temperature of 11,8 ° C (53.24 F) and an average annual amount of precipitation of 890 mm.


Through Debar, passes the regional road which connects the city northeast with Mavrovo and Gostivar and with Struga on the south.

Debar settlement existed in the time of the Romans under the name Deborusa. For the first time, Debar is mentioned in a charter of Basil II in 1019 as a place that belongs to Bitola bishop. It is an important center in the Middle Ages in western Macedonia.

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In the first half of the XIX century, Ami Bue noted that there were 4,200 inhabitants, 64 shops, a mosque, and caravan trade. The city had developed trade and crafts and the people of Debar were known as great builders of churches, carvers, and painters.


In 1900 the population in the city increased to 15,000 inhabitants.

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After World War I, when the border was set to Albania, Debar began functional and population decline, so that in 1931 there lived 7198 inhabitants.

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Due to the specific peripheral geographical position even after World War II the city didn’t progress much and was left as the center of its immediate surroundings. However, the ethnic structure of the city is quite changed.

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Today from a total of 14,561 inhabitants, Macedonians are 1.059, Albanians 10.768 Turks 1.418, Roma 1.079, and other 245. Debar is a center of the Municipality of Debar which covers an area of 14,567 ha, with 18 settlements and a total of 19,542 inhabitants.

Most of the population is employed in the textile industry, which is present in the city, also in the mining sector and agriculture. Debar has a gymnasium, health center, home culture, seismological station, and other facilities. Near the town, Banjishte and Kosovrashka Bath are located and the artificial lake Spilje.


Debar Lake Photo Gallery

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Debar Facts

 Debar Facts


Where is Debar:
West Macedonia
145 km2
700 m (2296 ft)
Changing continental
Dialing code:
+389  46
Postal code:
Time Zone:
Summer (DST):CST (UTC+2)
Celebration day:
September 8th
Coordinates: 41°31′N 20°32′EMunicipality of Debar
Address: 8 Septemvri, 72, 1250 Debar
Phone: +389 46 831 196
Fax: +389 46 831 015