Kriva Palanka Travel Guide

  • Kriva Palanka
    Kriva Palanka
    by Pijlmans
  • Hike to Ruen Peak
    Hike to Ruen Peak
    by Pijlmans
  • St Joakim Osogovski
    St Joakim Osogovski
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Kriva Palanka Things to Do

  • Church St Nikola, Gradec

    The Church of St Nikola is located about 7 km from the center of Kriva Palanka near the village Gradec.The last kilometer is not asphalted.One kilometer further uphill there is the hermitage of St Joakim Osogovski.The church is from 1852.See the link below for a GPS track leading to the church and hermitage and here for the tip about this short...

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  • St Joakim Osogovski Lodging

    First of all, a warning if you would like to stay at the Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski: You need to have your passport, and to announce yourself to the police in Kriva Palanka (3 km downhill from the monastery). They are so strict with this, that when I showed up several years ago without a passport but with a drivers license, I could not stay...

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  • Hike to Hermitage of St Joakim Osogovski

    The monastery of St Joakim Osogovski is named after a monk who followed a hermit's life. His hermitage (a place where one can live in seclusion) can be found in the vicinity of Kriva Palanka, near the village Gradec.Allegedly, Joakim Osogovski was a brother of St Prohor Pcinjski, St Gavril Lesnovski and Jovan Rilski, who all had monasteries named...

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  • Hike to Ruen Peak

    This hike is close to the border with Bulgaria, near the Toranica mine.The start is approximately 22 km from Kriva Palanka, measured from the road that leads to the Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski. To get to the start, take the E871 toward Bulgaria. After 12 km, take the turn-off to the right towards the Toranica mine. Be aware that there are some...

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  • St Joakim Osogovski Monastery

    The first thing people think of when they hear Kriva Palanka is the Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski.It is a big monastery, where you can stay for the night. There even is a restaurant.It is a very popular place for the locals, and many people go here for their holiday or a weekend. When we where there, is was e.g. used as a training camp for a...

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  • Hermitage of St Joakim Osogovski

    The monastery of St Joakim Osogovski is named after a monk who followed a hermit's life. His hermitage (a place where one can live in seclusion) can be found in the vicinity of Kriva Palanka, near the village Gradec.Allegedly, Joakim Osogovski was a brother of St Prohor Pcinjski, St Gavril Lesnovski and Jovan Rilski, who all had monasteries named...

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  • Milk pipeline

    Close to the Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski you can see some remains of an old pipeline that was used to transport milk to the monastery.The milk came from villages in the surrounding mountains, such as those near Lake Kalin Kamen.The remains can be found along the road to the monastery, between the main entrance to the monastery and the upper...

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  • Hike to Lake Kalin Kamen

    From the Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski it is about 9 km to a Lake Kalin Kamen, a small lake in the mountains. The elevation is 730 m.To get there, take the asphalt road uphill from the monastery. After 6 km the asphalt stops but the road is reasonably well. We drove another 1.5 km by car, after which the road became worse and we parked the...

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  • Tourist Information

    The culural center of Kriva Palanka is located along the main street St Joakim Osogovski.It also houses the tourist information center, which was closed every time we tried to visit it. These centers often have free informative booklets about the surroundings.

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  • Osogovski Monastery: Church of St...

    The smaller church of the Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski is dedicated to St Bogorodica, the Holy Mother of God.Its current state back to the 14th century but was originally founded in the 12th century.

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  • Church of St Joakim Osogovski Frescoes

    It is not allowed to take pictures inside the churches of the Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski.However, the Church of St Joakim Osogovski is richly painted on the outside and can be photographed.

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  • St Joakim Osogovski Monastery

    Several buildings at the monastery grounds remind of the activities that used to take place here, such as a distillery (note the big wooden barrel), the bakery at the entrance of the monastery, and former stables from 1905.

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  • War Monument

    This monument for the fallen during the second world war is located in the yard of the City Hall.The ruins of a fortress can also be found next to the City Hall.Once you think that this guy is smelling his armpit, wondering if his buddy fainted due to his body odor, you cannot see anything else than that...

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  • Ruins of a fortress

    This must be one of the hardest sights to find in Macedonia!We read about the existence of a fortress in the Trimaks tourist guide "Macedonia" of the Macedonian Ministry of Economy. It should have been built by the Ottomans in 1633.However, we could find this fortress nowhere! After asking around quite a bit, we found out that is is in the backyard...

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  • Church of St Dimitri

    This church dedicated to St Dimitri was built in 1833.Its is located a bit east of the street St Joakim Osogovski.

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  • Charnel house

    This monument is a charnel-house with the remains of Serbian soldiers who died during the Balkan Wars.It is located along the main road through Kriva Palanka.

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  • Ossogovo Monastery

    Joakim (aka Jakim) Ossogovski (aka Sarandoporski) , as well Gavril Lesnovski and Prohor Pchinski were followers of St. Joan Riski (see Rila Monastery in Bulgaria). The four of them are proclaimed by the Bulgarian church as saints.In the end of 10th century Joakim Ossogovski lived in a cave near the river Kriva Palanka. After he died in 1105 he was...

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  • St. Joakim Osogovski

    no comment. Come to see monastry St. Joakim OsogovskiBez komentar. Dojdete da go vidite manastirot Sv. Joakim Osogovski

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