Monastery "St. Joachim Osogovski"
The monastery of St. Joachim Osogovski is set amongst verdant green woods near the northeastern town of Kriva Palanka. It was founded in the 12th century and rebuilt many times during the ensuing centuries. Its frescoes are especially characteristic of the 19th century. The monastery complex had always been an important cultural, religious and educational center.
It consists of the church of St. Joachim Osogovski, a smaller 14th century church dedicated to the Holy Mother of God, a three-story dormitory, a bell tower with a charnel house at the bottom, a passage building, guardhouse, new dormitories and a residency of the Head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church. Art colonies, scientific gatherings and seminars are regularly organized in this complex.