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“The monaste Ostrog is visited by people of all religions”
Review of Ostrog Monastery

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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018

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The monastery Ostrog is one of the biggest sanctuaries in the world. It is visited by people of all religions.

The Monastery was founded by Vasilije, the Metropolitan Bishop of Herzegovina in the 17th century. He died there in 1671 and some years later he was glorified. His body is enshrined in a reliquary kept in the cave-church dedicated to the Presentation of the Mother of God to the Temple.

The present-day look was given to the Monastery in 1923-1926, after a fire which had destroyed the major part of the complex. Fortunately, the two little cave-churches were spared and they are the key areas of the monument. The frescoes in the Church of the Presentation were created towards the end of the 17th century. The other church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, is placed within a cave on the upper level of the monastery and was painted by master Radul, who successfully coped with the natural shapes of the cave and laid the frescoes immediately on the surface of the rock and the south wall. Around the church are the monastic residences, which together with the church building and the scenery make this monument outstandingly beautiful.

During World War II, a detachment of Chetniks led by Blažo Đukanović and Bajo Stanišić took refuge at Ostrog up to October 18, 1943, when Yugoslav Partisans promised the Chetniks that their lives would be spared if they surrendered.[1] Đukanović and 23 Chetniks peacefully surrendered, expecting to be spared, but were all killed by the Partisans at Ostrog.[2] Stanišić and three members of his extended family initially did not surrender,[1] but did not survive at Ostrog. There are different accounts on what happened to Stanišić and his family; sources contradict each other on whether Stanišić and his family were killed fighting the Partisans[1] or committed suicide at Ostrog.[2]

The Orthodox monastery of Ostrog is one of the most frequently visited on the Balkans. It attracts over 100,000 visitors a year. It is visited by believers from all parts of the world, either individually or in groups. It represents the meeting place of all confessions: the Orthodox, the Catholics and the Muslims. According to the stories of pilgrims, by praying by his body, many have been cured and helped in lessening the difficulties in their lives.

Upper Monastery

The upper monastery houses the Church of the Presentation and the Church of the Holy Cross. Saint Basil of Ostrog's relics lie in the Church of the Presentation. Also of interest is the vine which grows out of the rock. It's said that it's a miracle because nothing should be able to grow out of the sheer rock face.

Lower Monastery

Lower Church

The lower monastery centers around the Church of the Holy Trinity that was built in 1824. It also makes up most of the monk residences. There are dorm rooms available for pilgrims here too.

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

We went there at noon, there wasn't many people as it was a rainy day. The rock made church make it very special, would recommend to go by car.

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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

So nice place, feel the spirit of energy and people there. It is monastry in rocks made, incredible place

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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

We arrived late in the afternoon and had a chance to explore the site while it was so quiet. There is a surprising amount of history to be found as well as many solemn shrines and places to reflect. The sheer sight of the monastery in the early morning and late at night is simply awe-inspiring.

In the morning, everyone had to be up before dawn and gathered outside to take part in mass. It was a strangely peaceful experience that was also very humbling at the same time.

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

Monastery Ostrog is a quite amazing spot, just to see how anyone would built a place like that in the cliffs. And you wonder why? It was fantastic to see thee cave on the upper level, I think that is part of the original monastery. The view over the plains below is also fascinating! The visit is a definitely a must when in Montenegro.

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