Kriva Palanka is a town located in the northeastern part of the Republic of Macedonia. Towards the end of the XIV century, Kriva Palanka Region fell under the Turkish rule. The city of Kriva Palanka (Egri Dere) was founded in 1634, during the rule of the Turkish vizier Bajram - Pasha in the time of Murat I. In order to strengthen their rule against the rebellious Macedonian population, the Turks built a fortress preserving the safety of the caravans from Skopje, Thessalonica and Dubrovnik and other cities which used to pass through the region of Kriva Palanka. Today, it has nearly 21,000 inhabitants. The town lies near the Deve Bair national border crossing with Bulgaria, as such, there is constant heavy traffic passing through the main road which bisects the two sides of the town (Deve Bair is considered the main border crossing between Macedonia and Bulgaria because it links the capitals Skopje with Sofia). In this area are located two beautiful churches St. Joakim Osogovski and St. Nicholas - Psaca, which are attractive tourist destination. International art colony "St. Joakim Osogovski" is event who is happened every September and summer school for architecture are ditch in the monastery "St. Joakim Osogovski".

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