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    Churches, secret terrace and pleased catsIf you happen to find yourself in Montenegro, you should see... Every story about interesting places should  be started with these words. But we are not going to bore you with advice, just show you an old part of Kotor (you should really going there). Old Kotor town is more than 2 thousand years. All this time it had remained one of the most important sea port and sales centers of Adriatica. Here behind the defensive wall, mansions of rich families, churches, towers and fountains are preserved. All these are under UNESCO protection today. As a matter of fact, the whole town is a museum, just manage to move your head around and take photos. Let's not tell about all sightseeing in Kotor, but stand out some of the most unusual places. Besides, take a free map in a stand near main gates, it is very easy to navigate with it.If enter the town through the Main gates (Sea), you will see a small bas-relief of the 15th century in the arc from the left side. It is Mother and Child with Saints Tryphon and Bernard. There is an unnoticed shelf, where the hands of medieval thieves were cut. On the Armory square, next to clock tower of the 17th century, there is whipping post. Take a picture to cheer you friends. There is also an impressive derelict building of old prison. But enough of medieval horrors, let's go further. Behind the Church of St. Nikolas, the spring is exhaled from the wall. There is a ladder near, by which one can get to a secret stone terrace mantled with greens. It is quiet, fresh and beautiful. And a small Church of St. Luke of the 12th century even is unique.Primarily it was Catholic church, but in the 17th century Orthodox ceremonies started to be held here. Since then there are 2 altars, Orthodox and Catholic. You probably may notice, that dozens, if not hundreds of cats run of the streets of Old Kotor.Cats are not welcome across Montenegro, but in Kotor cats considered an unofficial symbol of the town. They are feed and not kicked. If you want to see crowds of cats happy with their lives, go straight to the fountain near River gates (Northern). This is their favorite place.But, probably, we like Kotor the most of being alive town. People and tourists live in 300 year old houses. Here, geranium and petunia blossom in flower pots standing on ancient balconies, fresh clean laundry dries on the rope in quiet patios, tanned children play near ancient fountains, by evenings bars and restaurants get filled with people talking all languages of the world. The town is breathing.
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    The Old Town Kotor: history and attractions
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    Biogradska Gora National Park (Nacionalni park Biogradska gora) is located north of Kolašin ski resort, between the valleys of two rivers Tara and Lim. The total area of the park is 52 km² including woodland with area 1600 hectares, mountain slopes and tops, six glacial lakes, one of which is the biggest Biogradsko Lake (Biogradsko jezero), located at the very entrance to the park. Biogradska River flows into Biogradsko Lake. The Jezerstica river flows out of Biogradsko lake and flows into the Tara river in few kilometers away. Lake Biograd (Biogradsko jezero) is especially beautiful in early autumn. It is the starting point of numerous hiking routs to different corners of the park. Pesica Lake is the second lake by size, located at the foot of Crna glava, Borova glava and Cmiljeva glava peaks at height of 1838 m. There are other lakes located within the territory of the National park: Great Ursulovacko and Small Ursulovacko, Great Sisko and Small Sisko. There is a marked climbing rout for 2139 height. Protection of the region of Biogradska Gora dates back to 1878 after Kolašin was liberated from Turkish rule. This area was presented to King Nikola, the Ruler of Montenegro.  There are about 20% of endemic types of plants of the Balkan Peninsula, which consists about 2000 of plants, 70 animal specimen and 150 birds species. 40% of butterflies living in Montenegro inhabit the park, which consists almost 80 species. In vicinity of the park, there is a famous Monastery Moraca (Mаnastir Morača), built in XIII century, famous with its collection of icons and frescoes.  
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    National Park Biogradska gora
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    Fortress (fort) Kosmac is an ancient fortress built by the Austrians as a defensive structure and a vantage point. While Montenegro had no access to the sea and the fortress served as a watershed between the lands of Austria-Hungary and Montenegro territory. The complex was built over 10 years, and construction was completed in 1850. The total area of fortifications, including two floors, basement and a spacious courtyard, is impressive - 1064 m²! Inside the bastion, there was a tank with a supply of water, and nearby - outside the walls of fortress, there were barracks, but today, nothing is left. Exterior view of the fortress appears upon the eye as a majestic central circular bastion, which runs two wings, which, in their turn, also ends in round bastions, but smaller ones. The walls are arranged in three layers. The outer layer is made of very smooth adjusted to each other stones. The middle layer - medium and very small stones of irregular shape mixed with a solution. The inner layer is made of roughly processed stones.About Fortress importance for Austria-Hungary, testified the fact, that in 1875 the bastion even won the visit of the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef. Later the fort was used by the Austrians during the First World War. During World War II, the fortress was owned by the Italian troops. The fortress is located on the hill of the same name, at a height of 800 m above sea level near the village Braici, not far from highway Budva -. Cetinje. This castle is seen by many people, because it is perfectly visible from the highway Budva - Cetinje. However, few have visited it because of the seeming inaccessibility. But Kosmac Fortress is not so difficult to get, as it seems at first glance. If you are coming from Budva to Cetinje, after a long ascent above the coast, the road begins to go into the mountains to the left and you enter the village Braici. Don’t hurry here, after some time there is a hardly noticeable turn to the right with a brown tourist sign. Turn and drive carefully along the narrow asphalt road. Be careful, the road surface is very old and in some places is destroyed, but the passenger car copes with it. After passing through the village, you will see the end of asphalt, and at this point the road forks. The main road goes farther to the left and to the right, with a strong upward slope, there is a broad trail, the former Austro-Hungarian road. In order not to block the road, you can park the car, driving into the start of the trail – enough place for one or two cars. From here to the fortress is a five-minutes’ walk. In principle, it is possible to leave a car on the highway in Braici, if you do not want to ride on the bumpy road and park in the hills in a narrow place. Then your journey on foot to the fortress is around 15 minutes. Climb up the hill on a wide trail, by winding serpentine with the Kosmac Fortress wiew. The view from this bastion is truly stunning and impressive: from here Budva Riviera from St. Stephen island to Budva is perfectly visible, the endless Adriatic Sea, the main highway along the coast (Jadranski Put), great nature and a huge number of local settlements.Lifehack: Currently Kosmach fortress is in ruins and in abandoned state and therefore you can enter inside it, but it’s dangerous. And if you do decide, we recommend you to do this with great caution and move very carefully: the roof is almost destroyed, the stones in the ceiling arches keep literally "on good faith". Montenegrin tourist authorities attempts to begin the process of restoration and reconstruction of the object now, as an important cultural and historical monument, also located at a short distance from the popular seaside resorts. Despite the fact, that excursions are not organized there, this fort can be visited by all-comers tourists got there by car or bicycle. Entrance to the castle is free.Fortress Kosmac is an interesting attraction in Montenegro, which, we think, unjustly deprived from the attention of tourists. Believe me, it’s worth visiting at least once - to see all this splendor with your own eyes.  
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    Fortress Kosmach in Montenegro
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    Ancient nunnery Our Lady of Mercy is situated on the island of the same name (Gospa do Milo) in the Bay of Kotor, not far from Tivat. Its name is translated as "Our Lady of Mercy" and that is the smallest island of three ones of archipelago in the Bay of Kotor, where also included the island of Saint Mark (Stradioti) and the Island of Flowers (peninsula Prevlaka). At the monastery there are living cells, which are home to nuns, various household outbuildings, beautiful garden, as well as the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The whole complex is surrounded by a wall of height 1.5 m. In the monastery you can see the wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, made in the XIV century. It was cut by one of the hermit monks who founded the monastery of Célestins in 1479. The uniqueness of this miraculous figure is that the Virgin is represented in the image of a sitting pregnant woman, sticking rounded tummy by her arms. Here it is the eternal symbol of motherhood ... By giving, she is the patron of the monastery, so the island got its name Gospa od Milo, which means "Our Lady of Mercy." The monastery was founded in 1479, and since 1524 it was owned by the Franciscan order. In the XVII century the island was sacked by the Turks, but later restored by forces of believers. The Franciscans stayed on the island until 1800, then the monastery was passed to Kotor bishop and Catholic priests settled here. After the Second World War, the island was taken over by the state. He was passed to the Red Cross, which opened on its base a holiday home for childre. During this time, the entire monastery complex came to a strong decline. In 1967, the island and the monastery was returned to the diocese of Kotor, and here in 1973, restoration work began. Almost renovated complex in 1979 (before Easter) assumed the power of the strongest earthquakes in Montenegro and once again was destroyed almost to the ground. In the end, somehow miraculously, it was managed to complete the extensive restoration of this beautiful building and now it is open to all comers. Currently, the island with an ancient monastery complex, church and bell tower is one of the attractions of Tivat Bay. It is a classic example of ancient architecture of Montenegro and every year attracts many tourists from all over the world. The monastery can be reached by boat by yourself, or with all kinds of group tours, tickets for which can be purchased in the tourist offices or on the waterfront of Tivat.  
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    Female monastery Gospa Od Milo in Montenegro
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    Montenegro is famous not only for its wide beaches and unique historic cities, but also a rich spiritual heritage, which is depicted in numerous temples, churches and mosques located throughout the country. Orthodox monasteries in Montenegro are among the most visited attractions of the country throughout the year. From all over the world, millions of travelers make pilgrimages to the Montenegrin monasteries with remarkable Orthodox shrines. The whole of the country is located about 60 monasteries, and almost every one of them has its own historical heritage and an interesting history. One of such amazing spiritual places in Montenegro is the Monastery of Agios Georgios (St. George). It is located in the Kotor Bay on the same island, next to another popular island Gospa od shkrpela, near the resort towns of Perast and Kotor. The monastery looks very beautiful and looks quite comfortable on the island grow tall cypresses, which gives it additional charm and glamour. The island is private property and belongs to the Catholic Church.  
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    Monastery of St. George
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    One of the most famous and important spiritual relics in Montenegro is the Orthodox white-stone Cetinje monastery (Cetinjski Monastery). Cetinje Monastery is located in the heart of the ancient capital of Montenegro - Cetinje, at the foot of the Eagle Cross Mountain. Previously, the Cetinje Monastery was located a little elsewhere. Now from the ancient buildings only the foundations and the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin on Chipur have been preserved. The monastery has been here for more than 500 years! is the residence of Montenegrin metropolitans. Cetinski monastery is, without any exaggeration, the heart and soul of Orthodox Montenegro, which at all times was a symbol of freedom, national consciousness and the strong spirit of the Montenegrin people. At present, it is the political and cultural center of the country. Cetinje Monastery survived many events, which turned out to be more or less sign and turning in the fate of Montenegro. On the territory of the monastery the first Montenegrin printing house worked, published in 1493 the first book in the South Slavonic language in Cyrillic script – Octoechos (it can be found in the monastery museum). Further, other books followed: "Octoechos piatiglasnik", "Psalter", "Molitvoslov", "Four-Gospel". In 1880, the monastery opened the first secondary school in Montenegro. In the monastery there are the relics of St. Peter Cetinsky, Peter I, the spiritual and civil ruler of Montenegro, in the era of which the first written laws were adopted and central government bodies were established. Before the building of Biljarda, the monastery was the residence of Peter II Petrovic Njegos, a lord, ruler, poet and philosopher. In a small side cell, precious relics of great importance for Christians are stored: part of the right hand of John the Baptist (the hand that baptized Jesus) and the fragment of the Cross of Calvary, on which the Savior was crucified. The way of these relics to the Cetinje monastery was difficult and confusing. It is well known that the relics of the Order of Malta - the hand of John the Baptist, a fragment of the Calvary cross and the miraculous icon Our Lady of the Way “Hodegetria” (according to legend, written by the Evangelist Luke) - were brought to Russia, to Gatchina. In October 12, 1799 the head of the Maltese knights handed them to the Emperor Paul I. Until 1917 they were kept in the Winter Palace, and in 1919 the priest Bogoyavlensky, retreating with the troops of Yudenich, took them to Revel. Then the relics got to Paris. They were handed over to the Russian attache, and the latter to Maria Fedorovna, mother of Nicholas II, who then lived in Copenhagen. She bequeathed them to the Cetinje monastery: the imperial wanted to keep the shrines in this Orthodox place. After her death, the relics were found at Yugoslav sovereign, Alexander. At one time the right hand of John the Baptist was put up for worship in the royal chapel in Belgrade. After the occupation of Yugoslavia by the fascists, the members of the royal family had to leave the country, and the relics were hidden in one of the remote Montenegrin monasteries. Then traces of them were lost. And only many years later the relics took their place in the Cetinje monastery. The entire monastery during the Middle Ages was a powerful fortification, equipped with loopholes and surrounded by a serf moat filled with water, and a number of stakes. Fortress buildings of the monastery are preserved in part and up to the present time.History of Cetinje Monastery. The history of Cetinje Monastery began at the end of the XV century, and the founder of the monastery is Ivan Cernojevic - Ivan-beg. He ruled Zeta (the South Slavic principality in the territory of modern Montenegro) in 1465-1490. In 1479 the Turkish sultan Mehmet II seized Zeta, and Ivan was forced to leave the country and hide in Italy. Here Ivan-beg visited the Loreto Monastery of the Mother of God in Ancona, where he vowed to build a church dedicated to the Mother of God, in case of his return to his homeland. In 1481 Mehmet II died, and Ivan Cernojevic returned to Zeta and regained power over these lands. Soon he leaves his residence on Lake Skadar and restrains the word given to himself: in 1484, in the unapproachable for the Turks of the Lilac foothills, near the mountain Lovcen, a palace and the Cetinje monastery were built. By agreement with the then Zet Metropolitan Vissarion, the vicar bishop of Vavila and the whole of the brethren, Ivan establishes a dormitory charter for the monastery. Here, from the monastery of Vranjin, the residence of the Zeta eparchy, founded by Saint Sava I in 1219, was transferred. In his charter, Ivan Cernojevic generously endowed his "palace" with lands, forest lands and everything necessary. The monastery was on the hill of Cipur and, according to contemporaries, it was a "small but beautiful" monastery. In the middle of it there was the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, surrounded on three sides by a colonnade. Presumably the temple was built by craftsmen from Maritime region. On the edges of the site there were monastery buildings: a small church of St. Ap. Petra, cells, metropolitan chambers and farm buildings. In the outer walls of these buildings there were loopholes, and the whole monastery was girded with a moat and a fence of stakes. Ivan left after himself the son George, who ruled Zeta from 1490 to 1496. George is known for having founded the first printing press on the Obod in the Slavic south, and soon transferred it to the Cetinski monastery. The first printer was Hieromonk Macarius. On September 28, 1692 in the period of the Morean War (1684-1699) Cetinski monastery was completely destroyed. The Morean war is the struggle of the Christian union, which included Austria, Poland, Venice, the Vatican, and on their side the Serbs and Montenegrins fought against Turkey. Since 1688, the Venetian garrison was located in the Cetinski Monastery. When the invaders entered the monastery, the Venetians mined, blew it, and retreated. About 300 Turks perished, and their leader, the Skadar Pasha, Suleiman Bushatli, was wounded. Pasha, a distant descendant of the builder of the monastery Ivan Cernojevic, in a fury ordered to demolish the surviving church and monastic cells after a terrible explosion. The spiritual residence was moved to the nearby monastery Dobrskaja Celija (Kelija). In the 1701-1704 Metropolitan Daniel returned the Cetinje monastery to life and built it in a new place, on the slope of the Eagle Cross Mountain. The preserved parts of the old monastery were used to build a new one. In the altar wall of the new church was a stone relief with a two-headed eagle - Ivan Cernojevic's coat of arms, an old plate with the text about the base of the monastery installed above the entrance, and the arcades of the 2nd floor were decorated with old carved capitals. On the night from 24 to 25 December, on the eve of the Christmas in 1702, Orthodox Montenegrins by the order of Metropolitan Danil attacked the "Poturchentsi", that is, the Montenegrins who adopted Islam and conducted Turkish policy. All “poturchentsi”, except those who once again adopted Orthodoxy, were expelled from the country. This event, which strengthened the internal cohesion of Montenegrins in the struggle against the Turks, was reflected in the famous poem of Peter II Petrovic-Njegos "The Mountain Crown". In 1711, ambassadors from Russia, Colonel Mikhail Miloradovich (originally from Herzegovina) and Captain Ivan Lukashevich (a native of Podgorica) arrived in Cetinje with a message from the Russian Tsar Peter I proposing a joint struggle against Turkey. In 1712, 60,000 Turks under the leadership of the Bosnian vizier Ahmet Pasha Shapchayliya invaded Montenegro. On July 17 (old style) 1712 Montenegrins won at Tsarev Laz. In this battle, the lord Danil was wounded. But another part of the Turkish army made its way to Cetinje and destroyed the monastery. In 1714 the new vizier Numan-Pasha Chuprilich with a hundred and twenty thousand Turkish army passed along Montenegro, burning everything in its path. Lord Danil was forced to go to Russia for help. In 1715 in St. Petersburg, Metropolitan Danil received from the Russian Tsar Peter I money for the restoration of the country, including the construction of new monasteries and churches. Cetinje Monastery was completely restored in 1724. In 1784-1830 the Metropolitan of Montenegro was Peter I (Petrovic-Njegos) - Saint Peter Cetinski. In 1785, he was on a visit to Russia. During his absence, Skadar Pasha Mahmoud Bushatli attacked Cetinje and the monastery was destroyed again. During the next attack of Montenegro, Pasha was killed and his skull, as a reminder, is kept in the Cetinski monastery. Saint Peter built himself a new cell in this beautiful abode, which is still preserved. Four years after his death on October 18, 1834, the celebration of the glorification of this prelate took place, in which Orthodox Christians from all Serbian lands arrived in Cetinje. His successor was later the famous Montenegrin poet and metropolitan Peter II Petrovic Njegos (1830-1851). During his reign, the monastery expanded considerably. Thanks to the help received from Russia, the courtyard building and a kitchen with a refectory were built. Peter II was a comprehensively developed ruler. And for his diverse activities these monastic possessions were not enough. In his time in the monastery a school (founded in 1834), a printing house (brought by Peter II from Russia in 1833) operated, foreign visitors and even titled persons stayed here. In 1838, Peter II ordered to build a new residence next to the monastery. In Cetinje monastery, there were many high-ranking guests from Russia, including Russian great dukes. In July 1889 Great Duke Peter Nikolayevich (at that time the fiancé of Montenegrin princess Milica Nikolaevna) visited this place, and in July 1899 Great Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich wrote a poem "Montenegro". In the 1890's an open tomb in honor of the ruling dynasty is built to the monastery wall outside. In 1896, on the upper tier of the bell tower, clocks are arranged, over which appears a small belfry. In the 1916-1918 during the First World War, Cetinje was in the zone of occupation of Austrian troops. After the end of the war, on November 26, 1918, Montenegro merges with Serbia, and on December 1, 1918 Serbia and Montenegro form a united Yugoslav kingdom with Slovenia and Croatia. Since that time Cetinje ceases to be called the capital oа country. A lot of changes occurred during the reign of the next metropolitan - Gabriel (Dozhich) in 1920-1938. In 1925-1927 he erected a new metropolitan residence, and the bell tower received its present appearance. In 1984, for Metropolitans, a new building of the Metropolitan Residence was built, and in the old building of the residence there was a museum exposition of the Cetinian sacristy. Since 1990, Montenegrin metropolitan has been Amfilohiy (Radovic). In May 1994, the Cetinje Monastery was visited by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexiy II.A little about the internal structure and appearance of the Cetinjski monastery. The main monastery church is dedicated to the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin. Here are the main relics of the monastery: the relics of St. Peter of Cetinje, the imperishable right hand of St. John the Baptist (Forerunner), as well as part of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord.Lifehack: in different sources you can find information that the right hand of St. John the Baptist is kept in other cities and places. It happened so because the church relics used to be divided into parts so that as many people could touch their power. In Cetinje, the entire right hand is stored, except for the ring finger and little finger. It is the tiny particles of these fingers that are stored in countless churches and monasteries claiming that they have the hand of John the Baptist. In addition, the church houses the iconostasis, which is carved from a tree. According to some sources, the icons were painted by Nicholas Aspioti from the island of Corfu, and on the other by the brothers Ginowski from Macedonia. The church is notable for the fact that on the site of the altar image there is an icon of St. Peter Cetinski. For this reason, it is often mistakenly written that the church is dedicated to him. In the church are buried: Montenegrin prince Daniil I Petrovic-Njegos and his brother, governor Mirko, for his outstanding victories over the Turks nicknamed "the sword of Montenegro". The cell of St. Peter of Cetinje is also well preserved in the Cetinski monastery, in which a particle of the relics of St. Theodore Stratelates is kept. In the museum of the monastery you can see the crown of St. Stephen of Deccan, the epitrachel of St. Sava I, the vestments of Montenegrin metropolitans and the gifts of Russian emperors, as well as a valuable collection of handwritten and printed books of the 13th and 19th centuries, for example the handwritten Gospel of Divosh Tikhoradich (circa 1350 ). Between the monastery and the palace-museum of the Montenegrin king Nicholas, the court church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos is located, attached to the Cetinsky monastery and is a temple of the Cetinan seminary. The remains of the last Montenegrin ruler of King Nicholas (died in 1921) and his wife Milena, transferred here from the Russian church in San Remo (Italy) in 1989, kept in the church. To the Cetinski monastery is also attributed the monastery of St. Elijah to Komovima. Once it was destroyed, and in 1997 it was restored by the efforts of Mikhail Prelevich and the inhabitants of the nearby Kuca area. Near the church theere is a cell building. Another winter house of St. Peter Cetinski in the village of Karuc on the Skadar Lake also belongs to the monastery. And above the monastery thre is a small one of St. John the Baptist. At the top of the Eagle Cross Mountain, behind the monastery,there is the mausoleum of Bishop Danil, in the form of an open chapel. From here you can see the Lovcen mountain range, on one of its peaks - Jezerski vrh there is the mausoleum of Peter II Petrovic Njegos, built on the site of the tomb - the church of St. Peter of Cetinje. This beautiful church in 1972 was destroyed by the authorities of Tito and a modern, unremarkable building was erected there. The burial itself is located below the hall, here stands the sculpture of Peter Njegos with an eagle on his shoulder. Legend has it that Njegos ordered to bury himself exactly on the top of this mountain, in order to enjoy from there all of Montenegro. The subjects offered to bury Njegos on the highest mountain in Montenegro, but he refused, explaining that in the future there would be a ruler who would make more for Montenegro than he did , then let him be buried on the highest mountain (on Mount Bobotov Kuk - 2523 meters above sea level in the Durmitor National Park).In the monastery are kept such relics as:  • The hand of John the Baptist;  • The relics of St. Peter Cetinski (Peter I Petrovic Njegos);  • Particles of the Holy Cross;  • Epitrachel of Saint Sava;  • Crown of King Stephen of Deccan;  • Vestments of Montenegrin Metropolitans;  • Gifts of Russian emperors;  • A valuable collection of manuscript and printed books of the 13th-19th centuries;  • Various old church banners. All these make the Cetinski Monastery in Montenegro a repository of one of the richest collections of Orthodox relics. Despite such an impressive list of important relics, the monastery itself looks rather modest - masonry with narrow passages and small halls. Such an atmosphere helps to plunge into yourself and think about the the deeds.Lifehack: as there is always a lot of people in this temple, local monks give very little time for looking at relics and, keep in mind that for a long time you will not be able to view the shrines. Near the main shrines inside the church you will be able to spend literally 2-3 seconds ...Rules of visiting and behavior in the Cetinski monastery. You can visit Cetinski Monastery absolutely free of charge in any day during daylight hours. In Cetinski monastery the appearance of pilgrims and tourists is strictly watched. Monks periodically politely remind that you are in God's temple, and therefore must follow certain rules of decency. You can get inside the temple only in the right closed clothes: shoulders and knees should be covered (naturally deep decolletes are not allowed), women need a headscarf and a skirt. Lifehack: if for some reason you did not manage to comply with these rules, do not worry, in the courtyard you will find skirts of the right length, scarves, pareos and even long trousers for men that you can rent before entering the temple. All this is issued to tourists also free of charge, but, of course, after visiting the monastery things should not be returned. Women in the monastery may not cover their heads. Lighted candles pilgrims put in the courtyard in a special tray with water (a symbol of purification), covered in case of rain. Lifehack: if you come with a group, then you will go to the relics almost immediately. If you decide to visit this place on your own, you will have to wait until  10-15 people get together, then you will be shown the relics. On the territory of the monastery there is also a church shop where you can buy candles, icons, talismans, souvenirs, brojanicas (a Balkan Orthodox amulet on your hand, bound with a special weaving of sheep's wool and connected in a ring) and much more. Here, as in popular monastery Ostrog, you can leave notes with names of relatives and friends. Another important factor that we would like to warn you about: photography is prohibited in the church.What can You see next to the monastery? At the exit from the monastery, on the left you can find a landscape map of Montenegro, to which the relief of Montenegro has been artistically transferred to the smallest details. A beautiful Vlaska church with frescoes by Greek masters is located near the monastery. Around this church there is a fence of Turkish cannons seized during the war with the Turks in 1876. Next there is the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin on Cipur. This church is attractive because it stands on the foundations of the old Cetinski monastery. Nearby there is the Government House, which houses two museums - the Historical and Art, an art gallery with the works of Pierre Auguste Renoir, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and other painters. And since the Monastery is still located in the central part of Cetinje, a great deal of historical places, sights, cultural centers and objects for photography can be found near it. We strongly recommend a walk along the old town of Cetinje, as there are a lot of beautiful and interesting places, which are worth a look, because for many years this city was the capital of Montenegro. In addition, the Cetinski Monastery is surrounded by beautiful scenic nature, clean air at any time of the year, and the quiet, measured life of the local population and the ancient streets with cozy cafes will surely make you plunge into a carefree and relaxed state. As the saying goes: "And let the whole world wait ..."!How to get to Cetinje and Cetinski Monastery?1. The easiest way to come to Cetinje is by using public transport. You will find it useful: The schedule of buses in Montenegro.2. The second most common option - to purchase a package tour:  • Monastic tour - visit of Ostrog and Cetinje monasteries  • Mini-Montenegro-Cetinje monastery and the city of Cetinje  • Individual excursion will give an opportunity to see the city and the monastery with a personal guide.3. The simplest, but quite expensive option is to rent a car in Montenegro and get there yourself. For convenience, we attach the schedule of services in the Cetinski Monastery: At 5.00 am - Morning; At 6.30 am - Divine Liturgy (on holidays at 9.00 am); At 5.00 pm - All-night vigil (only on the eve of the holiday or Sunday). Also on Tuesdays and Thursdays – reading of the akathist to St. John the Forerunner and the Honorable and Life-giving Cross of the Lord. Peace, kindness and patience to you.  
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    Cetinje monastery, Montenegro
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    Mosque Selimie (Nova Džamija Selimija) is one of the largest and most beautiful to date shrines in Montenegro. Mecheng located on the territory of the Islamic cultural center near the southern walls of the Old town of Bar, in district Gornja Čeluga.  
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    New Mosque Selimija in Bar, Montenegro
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    Niagara is one of the loudest waterfalls in Montenegro. Local people named it after American Niagara waterfall. In contrast to its famous namesake, Montenegrin "Niagara" is much smaller, but quite broad, beautiful and fast (especially when flood), located in an easily accessible place for any local person or tourist. In fact, this "reduction" of Niagara waterfall makes good on Montenegrin nature. The waterfall is located not far away from Podgorica, in a few kilometers from Cem river (Cijevna) flows into Morača river. Cem river originates in Prokletije, Albania, flows into Morača river and continues its way in Skadar lake. Cem is a small river, its depth does not exceed 10 meters. Though the decision was taken to build a dam, which created waterfall. The dam was built to the south of Podgorica and a small water storage reservoir was created. Overflowing the dam, water falls from 10 meters height. After a while, water has made its way through the rocks and created one main waterfall and some smaller side waterfalls. When Cem river starts flowing from both sides, waterfall provides the bright impression during snow melting or heavy rain. You can enjoy this view sitting on the bench or at the restaurant located near waterfall. By the way, the restaurant creates an additional attractiveness as a tourist spot. The restaurant is designed in country style. Here you can try fresh caught fish and many delicious local dishes.  
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    Niagara waterfall
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    Dajbabe monastery (serb. Manastir Dajbabe) – acting male Orthodox monastery in Montenegro, located at 4 kilometers from the capital of Podgorica. Monastery with a long history for its unusual location: it has a small system of caves in the form of a cross and an underground water source. In these catacombs in the 3rd century BC were hiding from the persecution of the early Christians. In the monastery complex includes the monastery Church, which is dedicated to the Dormition of the blessed virgin. Here the relics of St. Symeon the Wonderworker. Etymology of the Slavic name "Dajbabe" has a prayer petition "Give!" and appeal to the Woman (the Slavic word "Baba" had in ancient times pejorative connotations, as later in the Russian literary language). The place was anciently dedicated to the virgin Mary, and the Slavs in this name preserved the tradition: "Dajbabe" is an appeal to the virgin.The monastery was founded in 1897 on the site where the shepherd Petco (then – hieromonk Platon) saw a miraculous vision. The founder and first Abbot of the monastery was the monk Simeon Dybovskiy (in the world Sava Popovic) (1854 - 1 APR 1941), postrizhennyj of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.According to the legend: Once in the monastery of Ostrog came Petko Ivezic, a poor peasant from the village of Dajbabe. He told father Simeon, of the vision that he was not in a dream, but in reality, in 1890. In a deserted place Petco saw a man dressed in gold embroidered robes and with the hat, on which was depicted a cross. This man said: "I am not an evil spirit as you think. I'm a Saint, but I'm buried by the Turks. I was the Lord of this land and disciple of the great Saint, I Want you to built me a monastery." It Petko, who was an orphan, said, "I am poor, father." – "Rich and do not need. There would be a desire. Build the first little Church". Father Simeon realized that we are talking about the disciple of Saint Sava of Serbia, whose relics the monks hid from the Turks that they should not have polluted the sanctuary, as, alas, happened in Serbian history from the Ottoman yoke, but he Petko, talking about the vision, did not know about this story, because it was known only to educated people. The monk Simeon decided to help the young man by the will of the Saint. This plan was blessed by Metropolitan and endorsed the Montenegrin king Nicholas I. The stories of old residents, in the monastery of the caves before the Foundation of the monastery was a Christian image, perhaps even the first centuries of Christianity, when the Christian services were held in the catacombs.  
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    Monastery Dajbabe
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    Fort Lesendro was erected in the XVIII century and still recalls the confrontation between Montenegro and Turkey. In the past, before the construction of a dam with an automobile and railroad, the fortress of Lesendro was located on a small elongated island, which, due to its position at the mouth of the river Crnoevic, was often called the "key from the lake". That is why the island fortress has become a constant "apple of discord" in the Montenegrin struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire. It is believed that this fortress was founded by Peter II Petrovic-Njegus in 1832. It is not known for sure, whether he built it from scratch, or there already existed a fortress, which he fortified.Fortress Lesendro served to protect against attacks by Turkish troops and individual robbers and ensured safe trade and fishing on the Skadar Lake. Montenegrins owned it 11 years until 1843, when the Turks seized the fortress from garrison 20 people, taking advantage of the fact that king Peter with the army was on the Grahov field, assisting Herzegovina. Learning about this, Peter Njegus returned with the army and unsuccessfully tried to repulse the fortress, firing her artillery from the Thin Cape on the eastern shore of the lake, but without success. King Peter was very worried about the loss of the fortress of Lesendro, which he repeatedly tried to get back both military and diplomatic ways. From here even the montenegrin proverb "Suffers, as King because of Lesendro" has come. Montenegro regained its fortress only in 1878 after another successful war against the Turks, at the same time with the cities of Bar, Ulcinj, Niksic, Zabljak, Crnojevica, etc. At the same time, independence of Montenegro was officially recognized. Before the First World War, the fortress served as a military warehouse, after which it was abandoned. Today the Fortification Lesendro is almost abandoned, but it has retained its former greatness. Fans of the history of military battles will be very interested in walking through the fortress, looking into the loopholes and imagining what happened there several centuries ago. From the fortress of Lesendro, a beautiful panorama of the Skadar Lake with its surroundings bursts upon the eye.  
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    Fortification (Fort) Lesendro in Montenegro
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    Mačja pećina (Cat cave) is located near Podgorica in the canyon of the river Tsievna near the village Zatriepcha. The cave can be reached on foot just in hour and a half, if you walk along the canyon from the nearest village Zatriepcha. In the past, the cave was often used by local shepherds, as there was always quiet and calm inside to wait out the storm and bad weather. According to most scientist, stalactites and stalagmites have almost ideal form and presented in a cave in various forms. Their external beauty and scientific value makes Mačja pećina (Cat cave) ideal place for underground expeditions. Small Cat Cave is fully explored by speleologists.
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    Cat Cave
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    The Magara (or Megara) Cave is located in town-council of Podgorica, next to Tolosi town, at the heart of the mountain Velje. The popularity of the cave was provided by its availability. It is located near a residential place and can be seen from a road. Despite it seems neglected, the cave looks incredible inside. The Megara Cave can be called on of the most interesting objects for speleological exploration. The exploration of the cave was started under the supervision of Professor Iovan Petrovich first in 1962. Just then some have suggested that it has supernatural power, so the cave was called "magic" and "creepy". After three decades another scientist- speleologist Vidak Yukich after his visit to the cave, provided an idea to transform the cave into the center of alternative medicine. The scientist has presumed that atmosphere inside of the cave is ideal for treatment and relief of asthma symptoms, respiratory disease and some psychoneurological conditions. Scientific and speleological exploration of the cave has not been performed properly. First attempts to complete description of all galleries and inner units have been taken more than 10 years ago, but the work has not been completed. The cave is still waiting to be explored. The scientist- speleologist Vidak Yukich has provided an official name for the cave as "Megara" according to Megara school of thought founded by Euclid. Local population consider that the name "Megara" originated from the word "magic" because of the mysterious properties of this natural sightseeing of Montenegro. Citizens of Podgorica are sure that "Megara" means "magarad" (it is translated as "back side"). The cave was tagged with such name because it is very easy to get lost among its labyrinth.  
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    The Megara Cave
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    Cave Novakovic is in Vraneshskoy valley at a distance of 28 km from Bijelo Polje near the village Muslichi at the source of the river Vranshtitsy. The entrance is at an altitude of 903 m above sea level, the total length of the cave corridors - 605 m, level difference - 50 m. There is is always maintained a cool temperature of about 8 ° C inside. The most beautiful areas of the cave, located in the upper part - is the Lost City, Picasso, Ram and Gallery of Dada Djuric. Through numerous crevices and channels of the underground rivers water flows constantly to the Novakovic cave. With the water comes a large number of sand, there is even a place called "sandbox" where its amount is particularly large. Among the locals cave Novakovic is known by numerous legends and stories about how travelers, got into it, wandered for hours in its tortuous labyrinths with numerous branches, trying unsuccessfully to find a way out. However, the desire to find the supposedly hidden treasure inside the cave, always proved stronger than the fear to stay forever in its corridors.
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    Novakovich Cave
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    Jablan Lake (translated as Poplar lake) or Small lake according to the locals. It is located 1791m above sea level near Mala Crna Gora village in Zhabljak town-council, at the foot of Stuoc mountain of the National Park Durmitor. Despite the lake is bigger than other lakes and indeed its depth is 8,5m, many people call it Small lake without obvious reasons. But "Poplar lake" has an explanation. One of the banks is covered with Poplar forest. The water of the lake has very beautiful saturated shadows. Thick big forests around fascinate and make your impression about lake brighter.
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    Jablan Lake

Beaches of Montenegro

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    Becici beach is one of the most beautiful and longest beaches of the southern Adriatic. It starts from the Cape of Zavala and spreads over the Rafailovici Beach. It is a sandy beach with pebbles. Tourists can enjoy multiple sea recreations. For one who likes leisure activities, there are WaveRunner, Towable Water Tube, Banana water ride, boat, children's playground, attractions, many restaurants and cafes. There is a promenade at the Pine shadows along the beach. One can shelter there from a noonday heat. The beach is equipped by the sun loungers, umbrellas and sports-grounds. There are changing rooms, showers and WC. Sea rescue service is on duty. Parking place is near the beach. 
    Becici beach in Budva, Montenegro
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    Plavi Horizonti Beach is located in Przhno valley of Lustica peninsular. It takes 15 minutes to get there from Tivat and Kotor. The length of the beach is 350 meters. The beach is surrounded by olive and pine forests, which brings a unique charm and a picturesque view. The beach is totally covered by fine sand, the water entry is very flat, ideal for children and adults. Thanks to the shallow water, the sea is perfectly heated and usually it is 2-3 degrees above the rest sea shore. There are no cities and villages around the bay. The beach is equipped by the sun loungers, umbrellas and sports-grounds. There are changing rooms, showers and WC. Sea rescue service is on duty. Parking place is near the beach. For one who likes leisure activities, there are volley-ball, basket-ball and tennis courts. One can go boating, go water skiing, wave runner and fishing.
    Beach Plavi horizonti, Radovici, Lustica
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    Any time when someone asks about the best Montenegrin beach, we pump air into our lungs and start beating the drum for couple of days. Really, there are many beaches and all of them are different. Gravel and sand, stone and concrete, under the rocks in forests, in cities and islands, wild and equipped - which one is interesting for you?Of course, most of the tourists prefer city beaches within walking distance from hotels and apartments. During summer season there isn't enough room to swing a cat.But, agree, it is difficult to relax, when your neighbor's leg is in front of your face. Or you cannot hear the bubble of the sea because of voices hum. That is why one should get in more private and interesting places sometimes. Let's tell about the most amazing wild beaches.Mamula beach is hidden on a small islet of the same name, at the entrance to the most beautiful Boko-Kotor bay into the open Adriatic sea. You will have a good view, which makes your heart soar, honest. You can get there just by yacht, cutter or boat sailing from big beaches Zanjic or Mirista - it is not the most convenient way, but it is worth.Gravel-rocky shore is washed by blue water. It is so transparent, that amazed eyes of fish hidden on a good depth can be seen. Besides, the sea is very deep inhere and is very good for divers. Once you get to the beach, combine the useful with the pleasant and have a walk around the island.Magnifical Austrian fortress Mamula of 19 century has been preserved here. It was a defensive fort. It is said that a ghostly echo of weapon salvo can be heard here. In fact this place has a very interesting history and its special secrets, which haunt minds of mysticism lovers. In 2014 Serbian horror film had come out with the same name "Mamula". However, there is a unique park, where subtropical and tropical flora of all sorts ramps, including exotic species of mimosa.  
    Mamula beach in Montenegro
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    Mirista beach is a concrete-sand beach, located in a small vivid bay in a populated place of the same name. Here you can gain a complete piece for your body and soul by diving into a picturesque landscapes and enjoying pure forest air. On the shore you can chose beach surface as you like, either sand or concrete. The shore consists of concrete platforms, which ascend to the forest by stairs. Between the platforms sand is put. You can get o the beach by autoroad across Lustica or by sea. There is all the necessary on the beach: sun loungers, umbrellas, shower, WC, restaurants, cafes, parking, pier and sea rescue service.
    Mirišta beach
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    Beach of Milocer and one of the most beautiful beaches on Adriatic seashore. This place is wonderful to have a rest in a famous Budva Riviera. The most sophisticated tourist will be charmed by a wonderful territory with the best sand and an ideal clearness as well as the most beautiful sea views.The beauty of the beach is above the all sea shores of Milocer. Olives and cypress valleys surround the beach from the land side and the rocks protect it from the wind. It is located between Sveti Stefan and Milocer and its length is 380 meters.The beach is very popular among the tourists, thus there is a former summer residence of Karađorđević dynasty, villa Milocer. It is free for the residents of the villa. For the rest is 75 Euro for the entrance and sun lounger. There are cafes and small shops behind the beach.  
    Beach Milocer
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    Perazica Do beach (Perazica Do plaža) is a gravel-sandy beach. There is parking. Pedestrian underpass goes to Petrovac town.
    Beach Perazića do
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    Slovenska Plaža Beach is the longest beach in Budva. The length of the beach is 1640 meters.The beach is covered by small and medium gravel with concrete sites. Behind the beach, there is a hotel complex of the same name "Hotel Slovenska Plaza", as well as recreation zones and parks with different Mediterranean flora. There are many available sea attractions, including Bungee jumping, water ski, parachuting etc. There is quay along the beach with cafes, restaurants, souvenirs shops, discos and amusements for children. The beach is equipped all necessary for a comfort rest: sun loungers, changing rooms and shower with fresh water. Having rest on a sun lounger you can order drinks and meals just from your place.There are also boats to St. Nicola's island departing from quay. 
    Slovenska plaža in Budva, Montenegro
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    Beach Galia is a part of camping "Crvena Glavica", near the resort of St. Stefan.Galiya to the beach can be reached by car. The beach is well maintained and fully equipped beach furniture. Many believe that this beach Galia is one of the most beautiful beaches in Budva. The beach has sunbeds and umbrellas, cafes, changing rooms, showers, toilets, rescue service, Parking.  
    Beach Galija in Montenegro

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Rent of yachts, motor boats, boats, catamarans, scooters, canoes, SUP-s and other types of water transport in Montenegro for walks, outdoor activities or fishing in the Adriatic sea or on Skadar lake.

Montenegro is a small country on the Balkan Peninsula, which is washed by the Adriatic Sea. The Montenegrin coast is divided into two parts: Bay of Kotor, where the Tivat, Kotor and Herceg-Nova Riviera are located and the open Adriatic Sea with the Budva, Bar and Ulcinj Rivieras. Unlike the neighboring countries of the Balkan region, Montenegro has a relatively small coastline - about 300 kilometers. Nevertheless, today, renting yachts, motor boats, boats, catamarans, scooters and other types of water transport in Montenegro is one of the most popular services among tourists from all over the world.

Rest in Montenegro is unlikely to be complete if you do not find the time and will not go out even once to the open sea on a yacht or boat. None of the types of outdoor activities are able to give such stunning emotions as a boat trip / yacht / catamaran / motor boat / and other sailing in open water. Rent of yachts, motor boats, boats, catamarans, scooters, kayaks, SUP-s, etc. Is a pleasure that sometimes costs more than many other entertainments, but emotions also cause this kind of rest too special and memorable for many years ...

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The service of renting yachts, motor boats, boats and other sea vessels in Montenegro allows local residents and guests not only to enjoy the delights of luxurious leisure, but also to see all the beauty of Montenegrin coast alive, see picturesque islands, unusual places, unique sights, hidden grottoes and caves and much more from the Adriatic Sea...

Rent a yacht in Montenegro - is a great opportunity to celebrate any holiday, go for a ride with family or friends and admire the sights, and also arrange an unforgettable photo session against the background of the coast or the boundless Adriatic Sea. Here are just some of the places you should definitely visit when renting a yacht, motor boat or boat in Montenegro: Old Budva and St. Nicholas Island; St. Stefan's Island; the summer palace of the royal family in Milocer; Bay of Kotor, along the banks of which are the cities of Tivat, Herceg Novi, Kotor and Perast with its famous islands; The old town of Kotor, surrounded by a high stone fortress wall; the island-fortress of Mamula; the island of Katic and the Holy Resurrection near Petrovac; Zabljak Crnojevic on the Skadar Lake, etc.

Even if you are not interested in landscapes and stunning views of nature, you can simply ride on the desired water transport along the Adriatic Sea, Bay of Kotor or Skadar Lake and enjoy the carelessness of the sea and a pleasant rest alone with nature. It is impossible to compare with anything, even with a trip on a respectable or most powerful car on highways. Do not believe me? Then just check it out!

Rent of yachts, motor boats and boats in Montenegro is a service that today gains great popularity both with locals and tourists! That's why we collect only the best options for sea vessels for you and only from trusted management companies and owners of yachts, boats, boats, catamarans, scooters, kayaks, SUP-s and other types of water transport in Montenegro.
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