Osogovo Monastery, North-East region

Osogovo Monastery   

Osogovo Monastery is located near the city of Kriva Palanka, in the northeastern part of Macedonia, 10 km from the Bulgarian border on Osogovo Mountain. The monastery was founded in the 12th century, but without any remains left of it today. It consists of two churches. The smaller one is dedicated to the Holy Mother of God and it was built in the 14th century. The larger one which represents a masterpiece regarding its architecture with 12 domes symbolizing the twelve apostles was built in the 19th century. Its construction is due to the invaluable skills of Andrej Damjanov, an architect considered as one of the most eminent master builders on the Balkan Peninsula.  The church is dedicated to St Joachim Osogovski, a hermit, and the fresco painting typical for the 19th century was made by the renowned Macedonian painter - Dimitar Andonov Papradishki. The restoration of a ten centuries-old tradition of the monastery as a cultural, educational, and spiritual center was marked in 1987 through the establishment of the International Art Colony “St. Joachim Osogovski”.

On an altitude of 825m above the sea level and surrounded by the picturesque landscape of the oak forest, St Joachim Osogovski Monastery is becoming one of the most interesting tourist attractions in the country.