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Ostrog Monastery History

The Upper monastery is well-known by its numerous historical events. About fiftieth years of the XIX century the Montenegrin duke Mirko Petrovic with another 17 warriors locked himself in the monastery and heroically fought and defended the monastery of the overwhelming Turkish army. The fighting lasted nine days during with time they killed many Turk soldiers who continued storming their location. Fearing that they would be defeated and that all treasures of the Saint Basil would be burned, king Danilo, ruler of Montenegro at the time, ordered the warriors to evacuate the monastery and take with them as much as they could. During a dark night the warriors managed to escape and save the treasures of Saint Basil.

Even thou some part of the cultural-historic treasure was last most of the important items where saved. In June of 1877 the Ostrog region witnessed the last big offensive of the Turkish army. A nine day battle, also called “the nine bloody days” is one of Montenegro’s most renowned battles in which more then a twenty thousand people fought. The battle was fought in the valley in front of the Ostrog cliffs in which the large Turkish army was defeated by the outnumbered Montenegrins under the leadership of duke Nikola.

The cultural-histories worth of the Lower monastery of Ostrog has its roll primarily in modern Montenegro history. February 8th, 1942 the patriots of Montenegro and the Bay of Kotor organized a meeting in which important decisions where made regarding Montenegro’s continued battle against occupation and the creation of the new peoples government.

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