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Gradsko (Municipality, North Macedonia)


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Flag of Gradsko - Image by Mello Luchtenberg & António Martins, 8 November 2006

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Presentation of Gradsko

The municipality of Gradsko (3,760 inhabitants; 236.19 sq. km; municipal website) is made of the village of Gradsko and the settlements of Vodovrati, Viničani, Gorno Šiševo, Grnčište, Dvorište, Dolno Šiševo, Zgropolci, Kočilari, Kuridere, Nogaevci, Svekjani, Skačnici, Ubogo and Ulanci.
The village of Gradsko is built on the two banks of the river Vardar in a plain in central North Macedonia; it is an important traffic and railway crossroads, significan not only at the Macedonian but also at the Balkanic level. Most of the villages live from agriculture (wine-growing and gardening); arable lands cover 7,000 ha. Cattle breeding is marginal because of the lack of pastures due to the sparse rainfall in the region.

The early settlement of Stobi, located 3 km east of the current village of Gradsko, was destroyed by an earthquake in 518 BC. The site of Stobi was discovered by the German explorer Halm (1850) and confirmed by the French Hezé in 1860. Archeological excavations were made in 1924-1936; most findings are still kept in the Public Museum of Belgrade.
The locals abandoned the ruins and the village was later nicknamed Pust Grad (Deserted Town). This name was given to the new village, whose name was progressively changed to Gradsko by dropping Pust and adding the suffix -sko. The modern village of Gradsko was built in 1871-1873, under the Ottoman rule, during the construction of the Salonica-Skopje railway through the valley of Vardar. Since it was the only village in the region built from scratch around a railway station, Gradsko was nicknamed "The Child of the Railway".

Ivan Sache, 8 November 2006

Flag of Gradsko

The flag of Gradsko (Macedonian Ministry of Local Self-Government website, page no longer online), was in proportion 1:2, vertically divided red-yellow, with the municipal emblem in the center.
The emblem shows on a white background a landscape with water, a railway, buildings and cereal spikes, lit by a yellow sun.

Ivan Sache, 16 February 2002