Boreshnitsa had its name changed by the Greek Government to Palestra.
It is about 10 kilometres to the northeast of Lerin. It is on the southern
part of the Pelagonia plain and surrounded by mountains with plentiful
water and fertile soil.
It is at 21 degrees 31 minutes longitude and 40 degrees 48 minutes
latitude, 632 metres above sea level and with an area of about 9 square
The village borders to the west the villages Armenovo and Lazheni, to
the northwest with Petorak, to the northeast with Neokasi, to the east
with Zabrdeni, to the southeast with Rosen and to the southwest with
In 1945 there were about 590 residents of Macedonian background together
with a small number of Greeks who were Madzhiri (immigrants).
The villagers were employed in agriculture, raising livestock, some
trades and other occupations.
During the Greek Civil War the residents did not show any particular
revolutionary activism. The geographical position of the village did
not enable this. Only 4 took part as active fighters in the ranks of
DAG and, sadly, they all died. Five were imprisoned for being communists
and sentenced to death by shooting at the Lerin prison
1. Atanasov (Popov) Vasil Atanas
2. Atanasovska Atanas Kata
3. Banichotov Kosta Lambo
4. Banichotov Kosta Aristidi - brothers
5. Banichotov Lazo Mire
6. Banichotov Kosta Gjorgi
7. Banichotov Delo Stevo
8. Mandzhukov Kole Pavle
9. Ovcharov Pandil Evropidi
The details of the above names were completed by Andon Vasil Atanasov
who is from the village.
Of the above named fallen fighters there were 8 men and 1 woman.
After the Greek Civil War and the forced emigration from the village
the number of residents fell. In the census in 1991 there were 337 residents.
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