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Valjevo

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Valjevo is a city located in western Serbia. It is the center of the Kolubara District, which includes five other, smaller municipalities with a total population of almost 175,000. According to the 2011 census, the administrative area of Valjevo had 90,312 inhabitants, 59,073 of whom were urban dwellers.Valjevo occupies an area of 905 square kilometers; its altitude is 185 meters. The city is situated along the river Kolubara, a tributary of the Sava river.MunicipalityApart from the city, the municipality of Valjevo includes the following settlements:HistoryIn the nearby village of Petnica scientists found the first complete neolithic habitat in Serbia and dated it at 6,000 years old. In Roman times this area was part of the province of Moesia. Valjevo was mentioned for the first time in 1393. It was an important staging post on the trade route that connected Bosnia to Belgrade. Valjevo became significant during the 16th and 17th centuries under stable Ottoman rule.At the beginning of the 19th century most of the territory of Serbia rapidly transformed. The Serbian revolution began with armed rebellion. In 1804, the local Serb population had rebelled against the Turkish lords and liberated a large part of Serbia. One cause for the revolution was a killing by the Turks. Two well-known knights, Ilija Bircanin and Aleksa Nenadovic, died in Valjevoon on the bridge over the Kolubara.
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