||Even though historians have noticed that nearby Kichevo exists a
city called Uskana (during the rule of the ancient Maceodnian kings
Perseius and connected with the Macedonian - Roman Wars, in 170-169
BC.), Kichevo is mentioned for the first time in 1018 AD. in the
scripture of the Byzantine emperor Basil II, under the name Kichavis
which from a religious viewpoint belonged to the Ohird Eparchy after the
fall of Czar Samoil. The city was populated by the tribe Bersites (Brsjaci)
which were skilled in agriculture and cultivation.
In the middle ages this territories belong to the middle-age Serbian
Republic, which is confirmed by the gifts given to the Monastery of St.
Gjorgija in the village of Knezino in 1294. Kichevo falls under Ottoman
rule by the end of the 14th century. After being conquered Kichevo was
turned into military and administrative center of the Ottoman Turks.
The first nuclei of the Macedonian Revolutionary Organization began with
the revolutionary work of priest Yoseph of the monastery St. Bogorodica
Pre?ista (Holy Virgin Mary Most Innocent) and by many teachers of a few
After first contacts with the people from the villages surrounding
Kichevo, Pere Toshev together with Yoseph in 1878 formed the first armed
detachment, lead by Duko Tasev, in which also served Jordan Piperkata
which lead the famous 'Brsjacka Buna' in 1880. On August 2nd, 1903, the
Kichevo citizens joined the struggle for independence of Macedonia, lead
by the duke Arso & Jordan Piperkata, held as free territories until 9th
August when the rebellion was put down. Kichevo is freed from a
5-century rule in 1912, after the end of the first Balkan War.
In 1919 with the Versailles treaty this region belongs to the Kingdom of
Serbs, Croats and Slovenes which have a systematic government with the
assimilation of the population.