Banitsa (ruins)
Banitsa is a deserted former village in Serres prefecture
Serres Prefecture
Serres is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the Region of Central Macedonia. Its capital is the town of Serres. The total population reaches just over 200,000.-Geography:...

, northern Greece
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. Its ruins are situated some 15 km north-east of the town of Serres
Serres, Greece
Sérres is a city in Macedonia, Greece. It is situated in a fertile plain at an elevation of about 70 m, some 24 km northeast of the Strymon river and 69 km north-east of the Macedonian capital, Thessaloniki. The Rhodope Mountains rise to the north and east of the city...

, near the present-day village of Orini, on the southern slopes of the Vrontous
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 mountains. During the Ottoman
Ottoman Empire
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 period it had a Bulgarian
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 population. The village was destroyed by the Greek Army during the Second Balkan War
Second Balkan War
The Second Balkan War was a conflict which broke out when Bulgaria, dissatisfied with its share of the spoils of the First Balkan War, attacked its former allies, Serbia and Greece, on 29 June 1913. Bulgaria had a prewar agreement about the division of region of Macedonia...

, and the population migrated to Bulgaria
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Banitsa was the site of the death of the revolutionary Gotse Delchev
Gotse Delchev
Georgi Nikolov Delchev was an important revolutionary figure in Ottoman-ruled Macedonia and Thrace at the turn of the 20th century...

, who was killed in a skirmish with Ottoman police forces in 1903.
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