Manastir Vilayet

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ولايت مناستر
Vilâyet-i Manastır
Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire




Location of Manastir Vilayet
Manastir Vilayet in 1900
Capital Manastir[1]
 •  Established 1874
 •  Disestablished 1912
 •  1911[2] 1,069,789 
Today part of  Albania
 North Macedonia

The Vilayet of Manastir[3] (Ottoman Turkish: ولايت مناستر‎, Vilâyet-i Manastır)[4] was a first-level administrative division (vilayet) of the Ottoman Empire, created in 1874, dissolved in 1877 and re-established in 1879.[5] The vilayet was occupied during the First Balkan War in 1912 and divided between the Kingdom of Greece and the Kingdom of Serbia,[5] with some parts later becoming part of the newly established Principality of Albania.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Ottoman map from 1907, showing the vilayet's five sanjaks
Table of the quantity and composition of the gendarmerie in the Bitola Vilayet. (Bitola, July 22, 1904)

Initially the Manastir Vilayet had the following sanjaks:[6]

After administrative reforms in 1867 and 1877 some parts of the Manastir Vilayet were ceded to newly established Scutari Vilayet (1867) and Kosovo Vilayet (1877).

Administrative divisions of Manastir Vilayet until 1912:[7]



According to Russian consul in the Manastir Vilayet, A. Rostkovski, finishing the statistical article in 1897, the total population was 803,340, with Rostkovski grouping the population into the following groups:[8]

  • Turks, Ottomans: 58,867
  • Albanians, Ghegs: 144,918
  • Albanians, Tosks: 81,518
  • Albanians, Christians: 85,525
  • Slavs, Exarchists: 186,656
  • Slavs, Patriarchists: 93,694
  • Slavs, Muslims: 8,542
  • Greeks, Christians: 97,439
  • Greeks, Muslims: 10,584
  • Macedonians (Orthodox): 73,227
  • Jews: 5,270


According to an estimation published in a Belgian magazine, the ethnic composition in 1912 when the vilayet was dissolved during the First Balkan War was:[9]


  1. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Monastir" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 18 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ Teaching Modern Southeast European History Archived 2012-03-20 at the Wayback Machine. Alternative Educational Materials, p. 26
  3. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Macedonia" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  4. ^ Salname-yi Vilâyet-i Manastır ("Yearbook of the Vilayet of Monastir"), Manastır vilâyet matbaası, Manastır [Macedonia], 1292 [1875]. in the website of Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  5. ^ a b Birken, Andreas (1976). Die Provinzen des Osmanischen Reiches. Beihefte zum Tübinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients (in German). 13. Reichert. pp. 71–72. ISBN 9783920153568.
  6. ^ Gjurmime albanologjike (in Serbian). Pristina: Albanološki institut u Prištini. 1968. p. 177. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  7. ^ Ottoman Provinces before 1908
  8. ^ "Jedna statistika iz srednje Maćedonije". Nova Iskra (15–16): 251. 26 July 1899.
  9. ^ Published on December 21, 1912 in the Belgian magazine Ons Volk Ontwaakt (Our Nation Awakes) - view the table of Vilajet Manastir: Skynet GodsdBalkan

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