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Gračanica or Graçanicë is a town and municipality in central Kosovo. It is centered on the Gračanica monastery, ten kilometers east of Pristina. The 1999 Kosovo War and its aftermath transformed Gračanica from a sleepy village into an administrative center serving the needs of the 75,000 Kosovo Serbs living south of the Ibar River. After the 2013 Brussels Agreement the municipality became part of the Community of Serb Municipalities in Kosovo.HistoryThe village was mentioned for the first time in 1303, in a letter of Pope Benedict IX . It was mentioned in King Stefan Milutin's Gračanica charter regarding the founding of the Gračanica monastery .In June 6, 2000, a grenade was thrown at a crowd of ethnic Serbs waiting for a bus in the town square, injuring three people, which was followed by some civil unrest. In the aftermath of the 2004 unrest in Kosovo, a Serb teenager was killed in a drive-by shooting on June 5, 2004.MunicipalityThe municipality of Gračanica was established in 2008 by the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, out of parts of the municipalities of Lipljan, Kosovo Polje and Pristina. Although the new municipality is primarily inhabited by Serbs, this move is not recognized by the Serbian government which does not recognize the Republic of Kosovo and its administrative changes. According to the administration of the Republic of Kosovo, the name of the municipality in Albanian is Graçanicë (an Albanian transliteration).
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