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Kraljevo

by Marco Co

Kraljevo (Serbian Cyrillic: Краљево) is a city in Serbia, built beside the river Ibar, 7 km west of its confluence with the Western Morava. It is located in the midst of an upland valley, between the mountains of Kotlenik in the north, and Stolovi in the south. Formerly known as Rudo Polje (Рудо Поље), Karanovac (Карановац) and Rankovićevo (Ранковићево), Kraljevo received its present name, meaning “the King’s Town”, from King Milan I of Serbia.

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In 2011 the city has population of 64,175 (administrative area: 124,554). It is the administrative center of the Raška District of Serbia. The city administrative area consists of 16 settlements. In 1991, Kraljevo administrative area had 80,559 inhabitants. Because of the enormous number of internally displaced persons from Kosovo (around 18,500), the population of Kraljevo today is estimated to be close to 100,000.

On November 3, 2010 a 5.4 magnitude earthquake occurred in this city, damaging many buildings and killing two people.

 

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