Bogdanci (Богданци)

 

Bogdanci - a town in the southern part of the Republic of Macedonia. It is located in the eastern part of the Gevgelija-Valandovo Valley, ie the area Bojmija, on the road between Gevgelija and Dojran. It has the role of an administrative center of the Municipality of Bogdanci.

 

History

In the XIX century, Bogdanci is a large village within the Gevgelija kaza in the Ottoman Empire.

In the village in 1895 - 1896 a founding committee of VMORO was established, headed by the teacher Atanas Todev from Macukovo, followed by the teachers Ivan Bardarov from Stip, Sava Mihajlov, Hristo Trajkov Lisichkov, Stefan Popivanov and Hristo Gonov.

On June 11, 2017, the citizens of the Municipality of Bogdanci voted in a referendum against the opening of mines and mining complexes for metallic mineral resources.

Geography
The town of Bogdanci is located in the area of ​​Bojmija, at the eastern end of the Gevgelija-Valandovo valley, on the right side of Stara Reka, at an altitude of about 80 m. A regional road leads through Bogdanci, which connects it with Gevgelija (11 km) in the southwest, and with Nov Dojran and Dojran Lake in the northeast. The climate has changed Mediterranean.

The area of ​​Bogdanci covers an area of ​​6,700 ha, of which 1,561.4 ha are under arable land, pastures cover 2,107.7 ha, and forests account for 2,719.5 ha.

 

Destinations

Church "St. Athanasius "
Saint Athanasius - the main church in Bogdanci and the seat of the Bogdanci parish. The church is located in the center of the city. The original church was built in the first half of the 19th century, which has been renovated several times throughout history, mainly with monetary contributions from the local Christian Orthodox population.

Fire
The church was damaged in a fire that broke out on the morning of December 26, 2014. The fire affected the interior of the church and the roof, while the icons were repaired thanks to the priests and the local population. Firefighting vehicles from Gevgelija, the local population and students from the high school near the temple took part in extinguishing the fire.

On January 20, 2015, the cornerstone of the new church was consecrated, which is being built on the site of the fire. The new church is being built according to the project of the architect Blagoj Zdravev from Stip, who donated the already prepared project to the diocese for faster construction of the new church, and the construction activities are performed by the company GE-GE Professional from Bogdanci. The church is being built with funds from the Povardarie diocese, as well as with voluntary contributions of the faithful.

Architecture
The building of the church is three-nave, and its arches are covered with flat wooden ceilings, with the middle nave exceeding the side ones. The roof structure is built on two waters. The interior of the church is partially painted, which is most noticeable in the upper parts of the central nave, whose frescoes date from the XIX century. The iconostasis has old royal doors, made in carving with motifs from flora and fauna, as well as old icons dating from the 19th century. In 1983/84 a new bell tower with a city clock was built in its upper part, and in 1986/87 a baptistery was built, consecrated with the blessing of the then head of the MOC gg. Gabriel.