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“Monastery Tvrdos along the right side of the banks of the Trebisnjica River”
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Tvrdos Monastery
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Monastery Tvrdos is dedicated to the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos and was built upon the stone formations of Tvrdos along the right side of the banks of the Trebisnjica River, four kilometers west of Trebinje.

Referring to Tvrdos, our historians considered it sufficient to say that it is a monastery dating back to the “Middle Ages” and that it is famous as a monastery in Trebinje. However, according to legend which is a fact relatively recently documented, Monastery Tvrdos was founded by the Czar, Saint Constantine, and his mother Saint Helen. Further after it was destroyed and abandoned, it became the endowment of the Serbian King Milutin at the end of the 13th or the beginning of the 14th century. A thorough restoration in 1509 was made by Metropolitan Visiarion I of Trebinje.

The monastery was for two centuries, if not more, the see of Hum-Herzegovina, the then-known Metropolitanate of Trebinje. During the Turkish-Venetian War, the Venetians in 1694 the entire church and the entire monastery blown up by explosives as was decpicted by the Herzegovian Vladimir Corovic, who was responsible for, among other things, the historical description of most Herzegovian monasteries.

The church was only then restored by the new endower, Nikola Runjevac, the wealthy Trebinian from America at that time the smaller old konak was repaired and a newer and larger konak was built. A great awakening and the intense renovation of the monastery was experienced from 1955 which still continues until the present day.
Upon the destruction of Monastery Tvrdos at the end of the 14th century, many priceless spiritual and precious cultural items from Tvrdos were transferred to Monastery Savina near Herceg Novi. The lifeblood of this monastery was continued not only in Savina, but more so in the nearby Metoch-Monastery Duzi. In October of 1992 the holy hand of an unknown saint was brought from Duzi to Tvrdos. It was most probably that of the Saint Helen, the Queen mother of Milutin and Dragutin (as it used to be present in the monastery according to the record in the journal of the monasteries of Trebinje which is currently found in Savina.

Presently, Monastery Tvrdos with the iguman Sava (Miric) and his monastic brotherhood strive, with the help of our God and of good-willed people, to revive this sanctuary of the Most Holy Theotokos of Tvrdos even more.

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

The peaceful Serbian Orthodox Tvrdoš Monastery is located along the right side of the banks of the Trebisnjica River, four kilometers west of Trebinje. The archeological findings confirm that the first church was built in the fourth century. (The foundations on the site are still visible). The monastery itself was established during the 15th century, with a cathedral constructed around 1508 and painted with beautiful murals in 1517. The complex has been destroyed, abandoned, reconstructed and restored several times through the centuries. Upon the destruction of Monastery Tvrdos at the end of the 14th century many priceless spiritual and cultural items were transferred to Monastery Savina (Herceg Novi, Montenegro) and to Monastery Duzi (Near Trebinje). This monastery is the place where St. Basil "The Wonderworker of Tvrdos and Ostrog" entered the monastic order and became an ascetic. The current monastery building was built in 1924. Nowadays, the monastery is renowned for its wine production and its wine cellars (An stone cellar dates from the 15th century) which are a popular tourist attraction. Renovation works still continues until the present day. The complex also has their own shop with their own products. All in all, a small and nice place to visit. The monastic brotherhood is friendly and helpful. Nice surroundings. Worth it.

Thank Ana C
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

The Tvrdoš Monastery is located on the right side of the road at the entrance to Trebinje. It is located in a stony corner next to river Trebišnjica. The monastery is a place known for the fact that St. Vasilije used to live there. Archaeological investigations revealed old wine cellars from the Middle Ages, which were then restored, and the monastery continued with the tradition of wine production. The best monastery wine is a VRANAC and I recommend to try it. You can also buy religious souvenirs, as well as products from the monastery economy like cheese. I note that during visit you must be properly dressed.

Thank Žarko S
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

You have to stop here and test the wines. We were well received and a guy (monk?) gave us wine and explained how the monastry works and survives. In the cellars are loads of barrels of wines and of course it is available in the gift shop. We bought some and tried it next night.
Also lovely church on site with great artifacts

Thank Davancar
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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

It is interesting place, you should take a look at monastery with its paintings and old walls. Make sure to wear proper clothes.

You can also take a sneak peak on it'd wine cellars, wine can be bought in the store (rather expensive)

Thank Tomasz O
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