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Chech
Chech
(Bulgarian: Чеч, Greek: Τσέτσι) or Chechko (Bulgarian: Чечко) is a geographical and historical region of the Balkan peninsula in southeastern Europe in modern-day Bulgaria
Bulgaria
and Greece. It consists of about 60 settlements and was traditionally mostly Pomak with an Orthodox Greek and Bulgarian minorities.[1] The Chech
Chech
region is situated on the border of the much larger regions of Macedonia and Thrace. It covers the western Rhodope Mountains
Rhodope Mountains
and the northern slopes of Falakro
Falakro
(Bulgarian: Боздаг, Bozdag). It is divided in two: Drama Chech
Chech
and Nevrokopi Chech. The first one and partially the second one is in Greece.[1] According to Vasil Kanchov
Vasil Kanchov
the eastern border of Chech
Chech
is the Dospat River and the western one is the river of Dabnitsa.[2] Thus the Chech comprises the municipalities: Satovcha, Dospat and the villages in the valleys of the Dospat River
Dospat River
and Bistritsa river. The villages in the Greek Chech
Chech
are part of Kato Nevrokopi
Kato Nevrokopi
municipality and Sidironero community. The Pomak
Pomak
population of the Greek part of Chech
Chech
was exchanged with Turkey
Turkey
during the Greek-Turkish population exchange
Greek-Turkish population exchange
in 1923 and replaced with Orthodox Christians
Orthodox Christians
from Turkey.[1]Many of the Chech
Chech
villages in Greece
Greece
are now abandoned.

Contents

1 Settlements of Nevrokopski Chech

1.1 Settlements in Bulgaria 1.2 Settlements in Greece

2 See also 3 Notes

Settlements of Nevrokopski Chech[edit] The major settlements of the northern part of Chech
Chech
are enlisted by Vasil Kanchov
Vasil Kanchov
in two of his works.[3][4] Settlements in Bulgaria[edit]

Satovcha
Satovcha
Municipality: Bogolin, Dolen, Fargovo, Godeshevo, Kochan, Kribul, Osina, Pletena, Satovcha, Slashten, Tuhovishta, Vaklinovo, Valkosel, Zhizhevo Dospat Municipality: Brashten, Ljubcha
Ljubcha
and Tsrancha Garmen Municipality: Dolno Drianovo, Hvostiane, Krushevo, Oreshe Hadzhidimovo Municipality: Ablanitsa, Beslen, Blatska, Teplen

Settlements in Greece[edit]

Drama municipality: Kastanohoma (Zarnovitsa), Mirsinero (Pepelash) Nevrokopi municipality: Agios Petros (Peruh), Agriokerasea (Izbishta), Ahladomilea (Debren), Delta (Vitovo), Diplohori (Dablen), Eklisaki (Manastir), Erimoklisia (Kolyarba), Katahloron (Rakishten), Kremasta (Lozna), Kritaristra (Kashitsa), Lakouda (Gorna Lakavitsa), Mavrohori (Tisovo), Melisomandra (Maloshijtsa), Mesovuni (Siderovo), Milopetra (Mazhdel), Mikroklisura (Dolna Lakavitsa), Mikromilia (Ustitsa), Perasma (Stranen), Pochan, Poliliton (Sarchan, Staredzik), Potami (Borovo), Psihron (Kosten), Shurdilovo, Virsan (Vrashten), Vrahohori (Boren) Sidironero
Sidironero
community: Dobryadzil, Evrenes (Pulovo), Kainchen (Antilalos), Kalikarpo (Lovchishta), Kesariano (Ruskovo), Klista (Kolyush), Kokino (Barhovo), Limon (Rashovo), Magnisio (Grazhdel), Oropedio (Vladikovo), Papades (Popovo selo), Plakostroto (Glum), Sidironero, (Osenitsa), Skaloti (Liban), Stavrodromi (Orhovo), Voskotopi (Verdzhenitsa, Drazhenitsa), Vounohori (Pribojna), Vrahotopos (Kalchovo)

Italics indicates not inhabited settlement at the 2001 census. See also[edit]

Veda Slovena

Notes[edit]

^ a b c Сребранов, Румен (2007). Чечкият говор (in Bulgarian). София: Академично издателство „Проф. Марин Дринов“. pp. 12–16. ISBN 978-954-322-230-8. OCLC 262987480.  ^ Кънчов, Васил (1970) [First published in series from 1894 to 1896]. "Неврокопската каза". Избрани произведения. Том I. Пътуване по долините на Струма, Места и Брегалница. Битолско, Преспа и Охридско (in Bulgarian) (II ed.). София: Издателство “Наука и изкуство”. p. 266. OCLC 174235585. Retrieved 2009-06-24.  ^ Кънчов, Васил (1970) [First published in series from 1894 to 1896]. "Неврокопската каза". Избрани произведения. Том I. Пътуване по долините на Струма, Места и Брегалница. Битолско, Преспа и Охридско (in Bulgarian) (II ed.). София: Издателство “Наука и изкуство”. p. 269. OCLC 174235585. Retrieved 2009-06-24.  ^ Кънчов, Васил (1996) [First published 1900]. "Неврокопска Каза". Македония. Етнография и статистика (in Bulgarian) (II ed.). София: Академично издателство „Проф. Марин Дринов“. p. 196. ISBN 954-430-424-X. OCLC 164844115. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 

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