"Ossogovo Monastery" Kriva Palanka Things to Do Tip by Childish
Kriva Palanka Things to Do: 18 reviews and 75 photos
Joakim (aka Jakim) Ossogovski (aka Sarandoporski) , as well Gavril Lesnovski and Prohor Pchinski were followers of St. Joan Riski (see Rila Monastery in Bulgaria). The four of them are proclaimed by the Bulgarian church as saints.
In the end of 10th century Joakim Ossogovski lived in a cave near the river Kriva Palanka. After he died in 1105 he was buried by local hunters. His burial place attracted many people, who believed in its healing power.
The monastery was founded by Teodor from Ovche Pole, who after the death of his wife, became a monk and took the name Teofan. The monastery was known under the name Sarandoporski after the name of the area Sarandopor, meaning '40 valleys'. The remains of Joakim Ossogovski were moved to the church.
The nowadays monastery has two churches - the old one, Holy Mary, and the new one, St. Joakim Ossogovski. The new church was built between 1847-1851 by Andrej Damjanov. The most impressive wall paintings were done by Dimitar Andonov Papradishki. The remains of Joakim Ossogovski are to the right of the church entry.
The small church was renovated in 2005 and its frescoes look like newly painted.
I didn't have the change yet to check it, but according to the bishop there, the four monasteries - Rila Monastery, Ossogovo Monastery, Lesnovski and Pchinski monstary (nowadays in Serbia) form a cross, when seen by the air.
Directions: 2km away from the town of Kriva Palanka