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Kriva Palanka (Крива Паланка) city, Macedonia

Kriva Palanka is a city in the northeastern part of the Republic of Macedonia with 14,558 inhabitants (2002). It lies in the easternmost part of Slavishka valley, on both sides of the Kriva River, at an altitude of about 620 m. Kriva Palanka covers an area of 400 ha, has a moderate continental climate with an average annual air temperature of 10.1 ° C (50,18 F), and an average annual precipitation amount of 633 mm.

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Through the city passes highway M-2, which on the west connects with Kumanovo and on the east with Kyustendil and Sofia in Bulgaria.


Established by the vizier Bajram Pasha as a fortress on the road Skopje – Sofia (1633). Named after the Kriva (Curve) River and initially named Krivorechka Palanka or Turkish Egri Dere Palanka.

According to the description of Evliya Çelebi in 1660, Kriva Palanka consisted of a fortress in which there were 50 houses, a warehouse, a mosque, a neighborhood with 800 houses, more stores, caravan caravansary, three mosques, and baths.


In XVIII and XVIII c. the city was known as a mining site from which was received a very high-quality iron and wad developed blacksmith craft.

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When Kriva Palanka was visited by Ami Bue (1836), it had several iron ore smelters and ironworks. After the liberation of Bulgaria, many Macedonians left Kriva Palanka and went to Bulgaria. On their places settled Turkish refugees from Bulgaria. However, after the Balkan wars, they abruptly moved to Turkey, so that in 1921 Kriva Palanka had only 2.148 inhabitants. The territorial and urban city was quite extended in the years after World War II.

Old photos and postcards from Kriva Palanka

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Today most of the population (95%) is Macedonian, Roma (668), and Serb (88).
Kriva Palanka is the seat of the Municipality of Kriva Palanka which covers an area of 48,081 ha, with 34 settlements and 20,820 inhabitants. The population is mainly employed in the mining industry. There are a lead and zinc mine ore, textile factory, gymnasium, and health center.



In the immediate vicinity of the city in the locality Sarandopor the monastery “St. Joakim Osogovski” is located with two churches, mansions, and a large dining room.


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Kriva Palanka Facts

Kriva Palanka Facts


Where is Kriva Palanka:
North East Macedonia
48,081 ha
620 m (2034 ft)
Moderate continental
Dialing code:
+389  31
Postal code:
Time Zone:
Summer (DST):CST (UTC+2)
Celebration day:
October 8th
42°7′N 22°11′EMunicipality of Kriva Palanka
Address: Marshal Tito 175, 1330 Kriva Palanka
Phone: +38931375035
Fax: +38931375035