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Monastery Ostrog

Specific by the place in which it is located, the monastery Ostrog represents one of the most valuable culturally – historical and spiritual places in Montenegro. Incised into the rock it is situated 15km from Niksic. From the highway you should turn at the place called Bogetici from where there are 12 more kilometers to the Lower monastery Ostrog, and then another 2 kilometers to the Upper monastery.

Herzegovina metropolitan Vasilije (Basil) founded the monastery in XVII century. The monastery has been renewed in the period between 1923 and 1926, after the fire, in which only the cave churched weren’t damaged and it is those cave churches that represent the main value of the monastery. Sveti Vasilije Ostroski (St. Basil of Ostrog) was buried there and proclaimed for a saint, and his body rests in one of those cave churches.

The church of Sveto Vavedenje (Saint Ascension) has been painted with frescoes at the end of the XVII century. The church of Sveti Krst (St. Cross) is located in the upper monastery level and master Radul adjusting the paintings to the shape of the rocks painted it. At the Upper monastery there are sleeping quarters, which have been made so that they make a harmonious entity with the natural ambience.

This monastery is the most famous pilgrim place in Montenegro. It is one of the most visited monasteries on the Balkans, and believers from all over the world, individually and in groups come here to visit it. It is the meeting point of all three confessions: Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Islam, because there is a belief that the bones of Sveti Vasilije Ostroski are miraculous. In the sleeping quarters beside the Upper monastery great number of people stay and according to the words of many of them the prayer in front of the bones of Sveti Vasilije Ostroski has helped them to recover or to ease the troubles which have struck them in life.


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