Čair Municipality


Čair Municipality
Čair Municipality
Општина Чаир
Komuna e Çairit
—  Municipality  —
Coordinates: 42°0′7″N 21°26′17″E / 42.00194°N 21.43806°E / 42.00194; 21.43806Coordinates: 42°0′7″N 21°26′17″E / 42.00194°N 21.43806°E / 42.00194; 21.43806
Country Macedonia
Region Skopje
Municipal seat Skopje
Government
 – mayor Izet Mexhiti
Area
 – Total 3.52 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Population
 – Total 64,773
 – Density 18,400/km2 (47,655.8/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
Website http://cair.gov.mk/mk/index.php

Čair (Macedonian: Чаир, Albanian: Çairi, Turkish: Çayır) is one of the ten municipalities that make up the city of Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Skopje's old town is located in Čair.

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Geography

Čair is located along the northern (left) bank of the Vardar River, opposite the modern city center. It borders Centar Municipality to the southwest, Karpoš Municipality to the west, Butel Municipality to the north, and Gazi Baba Municipality to the east.

History

Skopje's old town, or Stara Čaršija, had been the city's main center at least since the 12th century. Turkish influence is dominant in the Stara Čaršija. The old town has not changed much over time; it is still filled with narrow cobblestone walkways and most of the Ottoman monuments are still standing.

Demographics

According to the last national census from 2002, Čair has 64,773 inhabitants.[1] Ethnic groups in the municipality include:

  • Albanians = 36,921 (57.0%)
  • Macedonians = 15,628 (24.1%)
  • Turks = 4,500 (6.9%)
  • Roma = 3,083 (4.8%)
  • Bosniaks = 2,950 (4.6%)
  • others.

External links

Notes

  1. ^ 2002 census results in English and Macedonian (PDF)

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