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Kriva Palanka (Municipality, Macedonia)

Крива паланка

Last modified: 2006-08-19 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Kriva Palanka

The municipality of Kriva Palanka (20,820 inhabitants; 480.81 sq. km) is made of the town of Kriva Palanka and the 33 settlements of B's, Baštevo, Borovo, Varovište, Gabar, Golema Crcorija, Gradec, Dlabočica, Dobrovnica, Drenak, Drenje, Duračka Reka, Židilovo, Kiselica, Konopnica, Kostur, Košari, Krknja, Krstov Dol, Lozanovo, Luke, Mala Crcorija, Martinica, Metežovo, Moždivnjak, Nerav, Ogut, Osiče, Podrži Konje, Stanči, T'lminči, Trnovo and Uzem.
Kriva Palanka is located in northeastern Macedonia, at elevations ranging from 400 m (Slavishko Pole) to 2,252 m (Mount Ruen in the Osogovo mountains) a.s.l.. The town was founded in 1634 under the rule of Ottoman Vizir Bajram Pasha.

Kriva Palanka is famous for the monastery of St. Joakim Osogovski, located 3 km northeast of the town on the slopes of the Osogovo mountains, at an elevation of 825 m a.s.l., in a place called Sarandopor.
The monastery is named after an ermit who lived there in the XIth century, spending an ascetic life in a cave near the monastery of Babin Dol and making a lot of miracles. The saint was honoured by Prior Teofan, who built a chapel in the XIIth century with the help of the inhabitants of Kriva Palanka. The official history (Chronicles of Karlovac, 1501), says that the monastery was built by King Milutin. The monastery was visited by several historic characters, such as Stefan Dečanski on the eve of the battle of Velbuzb in 1330 and Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II on his way to Bosnia. The monks experienced financial problems in the XVth century and were granted 20 golden coins by the Council of the Republic of Dubrovnik in 1474. In the XVIIth century, the monastery was severely damaged by an earthquake and the monks required help from Moscow. However, the XVIIth century was the golden age of the monastery, which was visited by the Turkish travel-writer Evlija Celebija and Patriarch Arsenie III Čarnoević in 1683 and 1686.

Source: Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 11 June 2006

Flag of Kriva Palanka

The municipal statutes of Kriva Palanka, adopted on 2 December 2003, can be downloaded from the municipal website.

Article 6 says:

The Municipality has a coat of arms and a flag. The coat of arms and the flag shall be established by a Decision of the Council, and shall be part of this Statute.

Article 7 is about the municipal seal.

Ivan Sache & Valentin Poposki, 11 June 2006