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This article is about the mountain range. For the football teams, see PFC Belasitsa Petrich and FK Belasica.


Belasica (Macedonian and Bulgarian: , also transliterated as Belasitsa or Belasitza; , Béles, or Κερκίνη, Kerkíni) is a mountain range in the region of Macedonia in Southeastern Europe, shared by northwestern Greecemarker (about 45%), southeastern Republic of Macedoniamarker (35%) and southwestern Bulgariamarker (20%). The area is particularly famous for the Battle of Kleidionmarker of 1014, which proved crucial for the fall of the First Bulgarian Empire.

The mountain range is about 60 km long and 7 to 9 km wide and is situated just northeast of Dojran Lakemarker. The highest point is Radomirmarker (Kalabak) at 2,029 m, with elevation otherwise ranging between 300 and 1900 m above sea level. The borders of all three countries meet at Tumba Peakmarker. The climate in the area shows strong Mediterranean influence.

The area of Belasica became a euroregion in 2003. Two football teams are named after the mountain range, PFC Belasitsa from the nearby Bulgarian town of Petrichmarker and FC Belasica from Strumicamarker in the Republic of Macedonia.

Honour

Kongur Glaciermarker on Smith Islandmarker, South Shetland Islandsmarker is named after the peak and nature reserve of Kongur on Belasitsa Mountain.

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References

  • Belasitsa. Tourist map, Sofia, 2006.
  • Благоевъ, Т. А. Бѣласица. София, 1925.
  • Динчев, Евг., Атанасов, П. Високите планини на Република Македония. Пътеводител, София, 1998, стр. 214-224.
  • "Енциклопедия Пирински край". Том 1, Благоевград, 1995, стр. 78.



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