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city in northern Macedonia. It lies east-northeast of Skopje, on the rail and road link between Nis, Serbia, and Skopje. Agriculture and metal and tobacco processing contribute to the local economy. In 1912 the Serbians heavily defeated a Turkish army on the Kumanovo plain. About 8 miles (13 km) to the east of the city is the Staro Nagoricane Monastery, built by the Serbian king Milutin in 1318. It contains valuable frescoes. Also nearby is the 16th-century Matejic Monastery, an example of the "five cupola" style, and a spa resort with hot mineral waters. Pop. (2002) mun., 103,205.

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