Vranje

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About Vranje

  • Contained by: Serbia
  • Time zone(s): Central European Time
  • Events: Battle of Ovche Pole

Vranje (Serbian: Врање, Vranje, pronounced [ʋrâɲɛ]) is a city located in southern Serbia. In 2011 the city administrative area has total population of 82,782, while the urban area has 54,456. It is the administrative center of the Pčinja District of Serbia. In ancient times, various Thracian tribes inhabited present-day Vranje, as well as the Agrianes (a Paeonian tribe) inhabiting the whole of Pčinja District. The Romans conquered the region in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. The Roman fortresses in the Vranje region were abandoned during the Hun attacks in 539-544 AD, these include the localities of Kale at Vranjska Banja and Gradište in Korbevac and Gradište in Prvonek. Its name stems from the old word for "black" ("vran") in the Serbian language and first appears in the Alexiad (9, 4) by Byzantine princess and scholar Anna Comnena (1083–1153).In period of Austrian occupation from 1688 to 1692, Vranje was managed by Von Lahmm family. During Ottoman rule Vranje was part of the Sanjak of Niš. The front between the Serbian and Bulgarian forces at the time of the 1915 Battle of Ovche Pole in the Serbian Campaign (World War I) stretched near to Vranje. Municipality of Vranje is located

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