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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.

Debar is a city in the western part of the Republic of Macedonia, near the border with Albania, on the road from the city of Struga to the city of Gostivar. Debar is surrounded by the mountains Deshat, Stogovo, Jablanica and Bistra. It is located 625 meters above sea level, next to Lake Debar, the Black Drin river and its smaller break-off river Radika. According to the last census data from 2002, Debar municipality has about 20,000 inhabitants 4,000 citizens declared themselves as Macedonians which is 20 percent, 11,000 as Albanians 58 percent and 2,500 as Turks 13 percent.
The first recorded document mentioning Debar is the map of Ptolemy, dating around the middle of the 2nd century, in which it is called Deborus. The Byzantine emperor Basil II knew of its existence and Felix Petancic referred to it as Dibri in 1502.
From the 17th to 19th century, woodcarving masters from Debar were recognized for their skill. Their work can be seen in many churches throughout the Balkan Peninsula. One of their masterpieces is the iconostasis in wood-carved iconostasis in the monastery of Saint Jovan Bigorski, near the town of Debar. Another important religious monument is the monastery of Saint Gjorgi in the village of Rajcica in the immediate vicinity of Debar. The majesty of the mountains, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people all combine to make this region one of the most important touristic attractions in Europe.

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