Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski

Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski

Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski
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Soccca
Tolmin, Slovenia1,541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
A wonderful monastery in a rather remote place. The monastery has a very beautiful exterior and it reminded me a bit of the Rila Monastery. The interior is also very beautiful, it is decorated with wonderful frescoes, the surroundings are also very nice.
Written September 20, 2023
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map&camera
Sofia, Bulgaria461 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
The Osogovo monastery is beautifully situated among the mountains, near Kriva Palanka and very close to the Bulgarian border. It is very easy to find (there are road signs) and to reach by car. There are two orthodox churches, one of them dating from 19th century and the smaller one is from 12th century. It's a pity almost none of the original frescoes in the older church survived. There is a spring with healing water inside. The newer and bigger church features beautiful wall-paintings and an impressive ceiling. There is also a hotel facility inside the monastery. Altogether, a peaceful and holy place.
Written October 30, 2016
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Marlene Z
Varna, Bulgaria58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
We stopped by to this place on our way to Skopje. It is near the town of Kriva Palanka and can be easily reached by car /there is a map and sign on the main road/. The monastery itself is quite big and well-preserved - few churches, a graveyard, a souvenir shop, a parking lot and accommodation area. We left our car down near the main gate and we went walking. The view is absolutely gorgeous, nature, mountains, trees, fresh air all around. Peaceful....it is good for taking rest. There are some natural springs near the main church and you can drink refreshing cold water.
Written October 13, 2016
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Kumanovo
Kumanovo, Republic of North Macedonia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
Two beautiful orthodox churches with magnificent fresques situated in peaceful and clean surrounding. It is an amazing place that offers tranquility, peacefulness and nature unity. The name of the bigger church is “Saint Joachim” and the smaller is called “Holy Mother of God”. By the church there is a bell tower.

It is near the city Kriva Palanka. You can get there by car or on foot. It takes half an hour walking in a splendid and tranquil forest. I recommend walking in order to feel the atmosphere of harmony and the beauties of the fascinating nature.

If you want to stay and relax in the splendid nature there are rooms for rent in the dormitories.
Written July 5, 2015
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Nikolai M
Sofia, Bulgaria2,618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Just 3 km from the main road (which is in very bad condition, unfortunately).
The Legend of Saint Joakim Osogovsky shows that during the Byzantine Emperor Manuel Komnin (1143-1180) the priest Theodor (with monk name Theophan) founded the monastery and buried the relics of the Saint Joakim in the monastery church. For the first time monastery is mentioned during the reign of Bulgarian tsar Kaloyan (1196-1207). The Karlovac chronicle (1505) mentions that Serbian king Stephen II of Milutin (1282-1321) has built a church dedicated to St. Joakim. In 1762 the monastery was abandoned for unknown reasons, and the relics of St. Joachim were lost. The Ottoman authorities did not allow it to be restored for a long time. The construction of the great monastery church started in 1847 with the help of Hadji Stefan Mladenov from Kriva Palanka. The church is illuminated in 1851. The temple was built for four years by the prominent master Andrey Damianov-Zografski. The frescoes were painted by Dimitar Padradiski, who worked here many times from 1884 to 1945. It is assumed that the little church "Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God" was built at the end of the 11th century. The iconostasis preserves two remarkable icons, probably painted by Hristo Dimitrov, the founder of the Samokov painting school. The church has a spring - holy water.
Written April 18, 2019
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Daniel K
District of Columbia1,057 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
It is a small Monastery on a deep mountain.
No very crowded, but much better than other busy Monastery. Loved this Monastery.
Written April 5, 2023
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735PLR
Sitges, Spain984 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
The monastry is quite a drive up a mountain road, drive with caution as there are some quite sharp bends which climb at the same time, although it is in Macedonia it is quite near to the Bulgarian border.
There are 2 churches here, 1 from the 12th century and the other from 19th. It is set amongst trees and hills and enjoys a peaceful spot. I was glad to see it not overrun with tourists, I think though Macedonia is only at the beginning of exploting its jewels to the outside world. Now is the time to visit.
Written May 17, 2019
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radisanci
Kansas City, MO48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
When temperature grow up in cities in Macedonia recomend for me is to go there.Orthodocs church from past time is unforgetable.
Written July 24, 2017
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NikaNumber1
Royal Oak, MI6,596 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Pretty cathedral/church. Decent food at the restaurant up on the hill at the monastery.

Beautiful frescoes inside, quiet and so peaceful. Can’t hear a peep inside. Could spend a good hour here looking all around at the interior and outside frescoes as well as the other interior details.

At the restaurant upstairs, we ordered the Greek salad, chicken steak with a side of fries and a monastery burger with fries.

The fries weren’t bad, but the cheese on them was pointless, fries were not crispy, the pommes frites of Europe I remember from college.

The monastery burger was tasty to my husband, tasted like a mix of pork and beef or maybe all pork even?

The chicken steak wasn’t bad, bit bland, fatty and sinewy. It would have been better with some spicy seasoning besides salt and pepper or BBQ sauce or something else to kick it up some.
Written October 9, 2019
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Raoul
29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Excellent stay for what they charge. Clean room, extremely quiet location, friendly people. Private parking. Breakfast OK. Working equipment in room and bathroom. Efficient administration during check-in and check-out and possibility to change euros. Visitors oriented.
Written June 10, 2019
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