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    Ostrog Monastery (Manastir Ostrog) is an amazing place of healing and miracles. It is an active Orthodox Church, where Basil of Ostrog's relics are keeping. It is located in an hour away from Podgorica in Bogetići village. The Monastery dates the 17th century and got it name after the mountain cliff. Formerly these caves were the place where hermit monks of Ostrog lived. Now it is a complex divided in to two parts: the Lower Monastery and the Upper Monastery with the Church of the Presentation and the Church of the Holy Cross cut out the rock.

    Despite of the numerous attacks during the wars and natural disasters, the construction of the Lower Monastery was started at 18th century. Thanks to the monks and church members' faith and efforts, the holy Monastery stays up to now an amazing place. Indeed, one can hardly believe that the Monastery cut out of the rock can be made by humans.

    Life of Basil of Ostrog.

    Basil of Ostrog is considered to be a founder of Ostrog (28.12.1610 – 29.04.1671). Before he had taken the vows, his name was Stojan Jovanović. He was born in an ordinary family in Herzegovina. He has been paying an interest to spiritual studies since his childhood. First, parents took him to serve in the closest Zavala Monastery, where he has been learning the wisdom of the Holy Bible and Holy Farther as well as public science. After a while he was transferred to Tvrdoš Monastery, where he took the monastic vows under the name of Vasilije and went to Montenegro.  Metropolitan of Montenegro Mardarij left him in Cetinje Monastery. According to the legend, Mardarij commited adultery with the servant, who got pregnant from him. Mardarij shifted the blame to a young, handsome priest. Fisrt, Vasilije should be executed, but after the decision was taken to postpone execution till the baby born. When the baby was born, Vasilije took him and asked who was his farther. The child pronounced the name in a miracle way. So Vasilije was justified and returned to Tvrdoš and became the Archimandrite. Being the Archimandrite he visited Little Russia. There thanks to the help of brothers and friends he got church presents and money, which were used to recover the churches, numerous temples and open schools.

    Many people who became Turks and members of the latin union hated Vasilije and tried to kill him, because of his activity. Vasilije went to Athos looking for the hepl. After his return to the Motherland, despite to his life danger, he proceeded with his activity - restoration of temples and churches, the same time miraculous healing of people commenced.  When the Turks killed Metropolitan Paisius Trebeshanin in 1651, who served in Eparchy of Budimlja and Nikšić, the St. Vasilije and Partriarch Duke Raich reunited west and east Eparchies of  Herzegovina into one Zaholmskij metropolitanate. However the Turks forced St. Vasilije left the residence and he went to Ostrog. There he built Vvedenskaya and Holy cross Churches turning Ostrog into a real Monastery. Grape has grown in the cell, where he died. It keeps growing for 300 years. This miracle left unexplained.

    Today the incorruptible relics of Basil of Ostrog are still kept in the Upper Monastery of the Vvedenskaya Churche, 900m height above the sea. Hundreds of thousands of people and pilgrims all over the world come every year to bow unto the relics. Besides, there are a prayer book dated 1732 and chandeliers dated 1779. The Montenegrin's consider the Monastery the main relic of the country. People put notes with theirs wishes into the cliff cracks and they always come true. In the Lower Monastery, besides of the relics of Basil of Ostrog, where the cells, grape and the Church of the Holy Trinity, there are relics of St. Stanco, a boy who refused to drop a holy Cross and the Turks cut off his hands. There is no religious destinction, you can see Muslims and Jews, Orthodox christians as well as the representatives of other religions standing in a queue to the relics.
     

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    Lovcen National Park (Nacionalni park Lovćen) was proclaimed a national park in 1952. Lovćen stands on the border between two climate zones, mediterranean and continental, that has caused the development of rich wild life with numerous endemic species of plants and animals. 1/3 out of the existed species of Montenegrin flora can be found here. 

    The park is also inhabited by wolves, bears, wild boars, foxes, deer, rabbits, hedgehog, voles, about 200 bird species, 11 species of reptiles and a great number of insects. There are 2 highest peaks of Lovcen mountains, Štirovnik 749m above the sea, you get there just having special equipment; and Jezerskivrh 1 657m above the sea, where Njegos Mausoleum is located. Lovcen National Park is beautiful at any season. Driving along mountain serpentine road, you will see the change of nature. On the shore you can enjoy palms, magnolia, acacia, but here you will see a real forest of north latitude.

    Lifehack: Visiting Cetinje in summer, do not forget to take a coat and jeans. The difference in temperature between a hot seashore and Cetinje can be 10-15 degrees. In winter, it may snow, especially at the top of Njegoš Mausoleum.

    How to get to Lovcen?

    From Cetinje, you can get to Ivanova Korita by taxi or by car. There is a picturesque plain in the mountains with the extreme park «AdventurePark». The ropes are stretched between the trees with the constructions, which are used to pass the trails with different level of difficulties.

    Lifehack: There is an old Royal road leading from Ivanova Korita. If to choose it for the back rout, you will see an unimaginable view of Boka-Kotor bay.

    The ascending to the highest point of the National park Durmitor, which is Njegoš Mausoleum, starts from Ivanova Korita. The Mausoleum is located 
    1 657m above the sea, on the peak Jezerskivrh. It takes 10 minutes to get to Mausoleum by stairs. After the Mausoleum, you will proceed to an open site with mountain panorama. If the weather is good, you will see the bank of Italy. Certainly, a picture is worth a thousand words!

    The admission to the Mausoleum is 3 Euro.

    Lifehack: There are two roads to the National park Lovcen. From Cetinje or Kotor by an old serpentine road, which was the part of caravan track. It is possible to plan your trip by car and to start with Cetinje, than go to the National park Lovcen and proceed with your way down by Kotor road, the second name of the road is Royal. It will be a descending road with 25 circuits. For someone it may seem extreme, but the view to Boka-Kotor bay will compensate all troubles of this mountain serpentine.
     

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    The city of Bar has been very popular with tourists coming to Montenegro for many years. The main town of the Bar Riviera is ideal for families with children. It is one of the sunniest cities in Europe, it has more than 270 sunny days per year. The city is located in the southern part of Montenegro, between the Adriatic Sea and Skadar Lake, at a distance of 40 km from Budva.
     

    City`s history
     

    The first chronicle of the Bar relates to the 9th century, with the name Antibarium, that is, the antipode of the ancient Bari, located on the other side of Mediterranean Sea, in Italy. The name Bar appeared already at the time of the migration of the Slavs to the Adriatic coast and the creation of the state of Dukla. The important strategic position of Bar determined its eventful history. In 1077, the first King Dukli Mihailo Voislavlevic was enthroned here, and a few years later, the city became the residence of the archbishop. From 1166 to 1180, Bar belonged to the Byzantine Empire, and then became part of the Serbian state under the control of the Nemanjic dynasty. The heyday of the medieval Bar took place occurs to the 13th century. During Nemahic rule the city gained independence and had its own coat of arms, charter and coins.

    In the XV century during the feuds, the city passed from one hands to another. In 1443 it was conquered by the Venetian Republic, and in 1571 it was retroceded to the Ottoman Empire and remained under its control for more than 300 years. In 1878 Bar was returned to Montenegro. By decision of King Nikola I in the coastal region of Pristan, New Bar was founded, which began to flourish as a trade and port center.
     

    Sights


    The new Bar is a quite modern city, drowning in tropical vegetation, the coast itself is surrounded by cypress and coniferous trees. Once there, walk along the promenade of Bar - this is a continuation of the embankment of Susanj. The long and flat promenade is suitable for hiking, cycling and rollerblading. Due to the fact that the coastline, although not wide, but very long, there is always a lot of space for recreation. One of the most important cultural and historical attractions of New Bar is the Palace of King Nikola, built in the district of Toplica in 1885 and was the summer residence of the monarch. You will notice it for sure, as the embankment runs through a small park, where the palace complex is located, it includes: the Great and Small palaces, a chapel and a winter garden. Not far from the palace there is the Cathedral Church of St. Vladimir (one of the newest churches) and the monument to the liberators of Bar from the Ottoman rule.
    City Bar
    Behind the embankment, there is the main modern landmark of the New City - the largest port in the Adriatic. Every year five million tons of various cargoes passes through it. On its territory there is a passenger terminal and a port pool, where more than 1,000 small sea vessels are located.

    Lifehack: in the city of Bar there is a huge number of clothing stores. And since the city is connected with Italy (Bari) by sea, then, often, in the stores absolutely different designs of different brands are sold. You can go deeper into the search and find something really worthwhile at an attractive price.

    Also in Bar there is the largest market on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro - Topolica. You can buy here whatever your heart desires, from products to souvenirs. Approximately 1 km from the port there is a bus station, where are many rides to various cities of Montenegro, and not far from it, there is a railway station.

    The main attraction of the Bar is Old Bar. This is the largest ancient urban settlement of Montenegro, partially preserved till our days.
     

    What to see in the vicinity of the city?
     

    In the vicinity of Bar there are too many attractions. Start with olive groves. In the Bar, olive oil has long been produced and exported to Germany, France, and the USA. Many years of experience in this area, local residents demonstrate at the November Olive Oil Festival - Maslinade. During the celebration, the best producers of this product are determined, and also the fair of local agricultural products is held. The oldest representative of local olives is the olive tree in Mírovnice - one of the most respected in Europe. Its age is more than 2000 years, and the diameter of the trunk is more than 10 m!

    Lifehack: you can admire the tree over the low fence or nearby, but to come up to the tree, you have to pay 1 euro for an adult and 0.5 euro for a child.

    In the Bar community there are several tourist cities, among them is Sutomore, famous for its wonderful sandy beaches. The community is also known for the fact that on 7 October, 1042, there was a battle between the Serbian army, led by Stefan Vojislav and the Byzantine Empire, in which the Serbs gained a significant victory.

    Near the port of the city of Bar is a natural bay, protected from the winds, due to that fact it has served as a winter dock for a long time. Now it is a hydroarcheological monument of the Bay of Bigovica. Here, the remnants of ships of the 4th century, fragments of amphorae and other archaeological finds were discovered. A few kilometers from Bar, in the village of Zupci, there is the monastery Rybnjak. According to legend, it was founded on the site of a church built by Helena Anjou in the 13th century. At some distance in the mountains there is a monastery Horni Brceli, founded in the beginning of the XVIII century, by Prince Danilo I Petrovich Negosh. Once there was a winter residence of the prince, and now the convent is located. In 1832 Peter II Petrovich Negosh founded here the first school in Montenegro. At a distance of about 1 km from it, a more ancient monastery of Donja Brčeli is located, built by Elena Balsić. It houses the grave of Stephen Maly, an impostor who pretended to be the Russian Emperor Peter III, thanks to which, from 1767 to 1773, he successfully managed Montenegro.
     

    Beaches of the city Bar


    Besides numerous sights and olive groves, the Bar Riviera will delight you with its diverse beaches. The beaches here are more extended and sandy, the water is crystal clear and turquoise, there is fewer guests. The most famous city beach is Crvena Plaza in the center of Bar: pebble, very picturesque, it stretches along the sea shore for almost a kilometer.
     

    Cafes and restaurants of Bar
     

    Restaurants, konobas, cafes and bars are located here at every step, so you can choose a place to taste. At seaside restaurants, there is often a Russian menu, written with funny mistakes.

    Lifehack: keep in mind that in Montenegro it is considered absolutely normal to ask to wrap the rest of the food with you. Having seen the size of portions, you will understand how relevant this is.

    The restaurant of the national Montenegrin cuisine Kaldrma in Bar with an appropriate interior also offers vegetarian dishes. The cozy atmosphere, delicious homemade food and location in close proximity to the Old Town - all this makes it one of the best and most colorful restaurants on the coast, which must be visited. You can spend the evening at the bar Las Ramlas - the first Spanish tapas bar in Montenegro. It looks like an ordinary city cafe with a laconic interior made of glass and wood. Things are humming around the clock: in the morning guests come for breakfast, and in the evening - for a cocktail, listen to live music or watch sports matches. You can grab a bite in Pulena Pizzeria, which is famous for its impeccable service, pleasant atmosphere and delicious dishes of Italian and national cuisine.

    A full list of bars and restaurants you can see by clicking on the link.
     

    Entertainment and recreation
     

    After sunset, not all just want to walk along the embankment or relax on the balcony. In many seaside towns cafes and bars are open until late night, and lovers of dancing will find where to have a good time.

    Lifehack: not all establishments have a dance floor, because there is a strong tradition to dance right at the table. In addition, there are not only European and world hits, but also by Balkan music at the discos, which at first may seem specific.

    The large club Illusion in Bar is decorated in a futuristic style, pleases guests with various performances, laser shows and even a disco for children.
    A full list of nightclubs you can see by clicking on the link.
     

    How to get to Bar?
     

    1. By bus.
    Buses of various auto companies are constantly running around Montenegro. Their schedule, route, tickets price, travel time you can see by clicking on the link. Almost all cities of Montenegro are connected by bus with Bar, the cost of tickets is from 1.5 to 5 €. Along the coast across Montenegro there is the Adriatic Highway (Jadranski Put). On this route you can also stop the bus going to the desired city or resort.

    2. Transfer and taxi.
    At airports (Tivat or Podgorica), as in any other city of Montenegro, you can order a taxi. However, before ordering a taxi, we recommend to see the approximate price of the trip or a fixed transfer price (depending on the city of departure and destination) on our website or in our free application "Your way to Montenegro" on the Apple Store or Google Play.

    3. By your own or rented car.
    The option of renting a car is the most attractive, although not the most budgetary one. A rental company will be able to deliver your rented car immediately to the airport (Tivat or Podgorica) at your arrival or to your place of residence in Montenegro. The advantages of this method are obvious - you choose the route, the departure time, the cities to visit and the time of sightseeing and historical places during the trip. The car can be rented by clicking on the link.

    4. By train.
    For fans of rail travel, the presence of trains in Bar is a real find. The railway line Bar-Belgrade runs through 254 tunnels (total length of them is 114 km) and 435 bridges (14 km), including the Sozin tunnel (6.1 km) and the highest in the world (!) Bridge-viaduct Mala Reka, with height of 198 m and length - 498 m. The trip by train Bar-Belgrade costs about 4-5 € in the second class and 5-6 € in the first (524 km, travel time about 7.5 hours). Traveling on an unusual highway is one of the most unforgettable events for fans of railway voyages. In addition, up to five daily commuter trains run between Bar and Podgorica, the trip time is about 1 hour. The ticket price from Bar to Podgorica is about 3 €.
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    Hotels in Bar

    In the coastal part of Montenegro, there are many different options for living: from luxury five-star hotels to private apartments (apartmani) and rooms (sobe). Apartments usually differ from rooms in including a small kitchen set: a stove, a frige, a sink. The average cost of a standard room in the season is from 30 to 250 € per night depending on the class of the hotel. For those who prefer a more budget accommodation, the private sector is suitable. Prices vary depending on the season and the quality of housing, as well as its distance from the sea. The price ranges from 10 to 150 € a day.

    Lifehack: be sure to specify by what principle the price is assigned: daily or per person. And the longer the lease term, the lower the cost is.

    Hotel Princess4 * is located on the beach and offers its guests fully equipped modern rooms, own pebble beach, two restaurants, a wellness and spa center, as well as three conference rooms.

    A full list of hotels you can see by clicking on the link

    The modern city of Bar is surrounded by dense forests and olive groves, attracts tourists from different regions of the world, beckons them with the beauty of landscapes, gentle climate and historical values. Resting in Bar and its surroundings, you can always choose entertainment that suits your taste and mood.
     

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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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    Moraca Monastery: the gem in the Montenegrin Mountains.

    Moraca Monastery (serb. Manastir Morača) is a Serbian orthodox monastery, located in the mountainous Moraca river-valley in the central part of Montenegro. It is one of the most monumental and the most significant monuments of medieval Serbian Orthodox not only in Montenegro, but also on the Balkans. The monastery belongs to the Serbian Orthodox Church and is an active monastery of Montenegro and the Seaside diocese. Located in a picturesque setting on the banks of mountain canyon of Moraca river (in some places the canyon reaches the height of 1000 meters) in the municipality of Kolasin, the monastery is popular with pilgrims, numerous tourists who come here every day. And because of its close location near the highway, the visit of it includes in almost all the program of tourist routes and excursions. Monks do not mind all that - they generously share the beauty, tranquility and spirituality of this place, and even try to help the pilgrims as one as able. For example, in the territory of the monastery, you can find a free toilet, buy the monastery honey and rakija (Montenegrin brandy).
    Moraca Monastery (serb. Manastir Morača)
     History. Moraca monastery is one of the most unusual medieval monuments in Montenegro.

    Moraca monastery was founded in 1252 on the right bank of the river Moraca by Prince Stefan, the son of the great Serbian King Vukan II Nemanjic, who was later buried in the local church of the Assumption of the mother of God. According to legend, the complex was built with a special yellow stone, which was quarried far away from this place. Residents of the region lined up in the column of tens of kilometers long and passed stones from hand to hand to the construction site.

     Lifehack: still on the front, above the western portal there is an inscription indicating the year of construction - 1252.

    In the XVI century, with the invasion of the Ottoman soldiers who sought to wipe out reminders of other religions, the monastery was ruined and destructed: for military purposes, a lead roof was demolished, which resulted in the damage and loss of many original frescoes. In this regard, the monks had to leave the friary for a while. In 1574, the main church of the monastery was restored by a village chief Vukic Vuchetich, internal frescoes were re-painted in the 1577-78, and the outer temple painting was executed in 1616, by the artist George Mitrofanovich. Small church of St. Nicholas was rebuilt in 1639 and painted by renowned Kozma master. At the beginning of the XVIII century master Dimitriy painted the church of Our Lady of Assumption, and his son finished a large icon depicting the life of St. John the Baptist. The last layer of frescoes was completed by Kotor masters from Gylf school at the beginning of the XVIII century.

    In the XVIII century the monastery once again was attacked by the Turks and the monks were forced to fight with weapons in their hands. It is known that Archimandrite Mitrofan led the battle against the Turks and successfully repelled their attack, for which a gold medal for bravery was awarded. Later Mitrofan became a Metropolitan. From then onwards, the complex of Moraca continued to be restored, subjected to change, and its current copper roof, it got only in 1935.

    During its centuries-old existence Moraca monastery played a significant role in people's lives. It witnessed important historical events, like the recent, as well as the distant past. Here sentences were handed down, important decisions were made, books were copied and reading and writing were taught.
    Architecture of the monastic complex of Moraca in Montenegro
    The architecture of the monastery complex Moraca.

    The architectural complex of the Monastery Moraca includes:
    • A large cathedral church of the Assumption of Our Lady (the Assembly);
    • A Small church of St. Nicholas;
    • Several buildings with monks' cells;
    • Accommodations for travelers;
    • Rich gardens and farms. 
    Here you will see an apiary, and sheep herds, turkeys and ducks - and all this against the background of beautiful nature and relaxing murmur of a mountain river, which rushes its emerald water somewhere below. The church is a typical example of religious architecture of the ancient Serbian state Rashka (the so-called "Raska style") with a noticeable influence of the Romanesque tradition. Both churches are made of stone and has a large hall, crowned by a single dome - nave. The external simplicity is offset by rich interior - frescoes and icons of the monastery is considered one of the finest examples of Serbian and Byzantine wall painting.

    1. The Church of the Assumption of the Mother of God - the Assembly.

    Church of the Assumption, which is one of the oldest buildings, built in the style of "Raska school" and modeled on the so-called "Zadužbina" - structures built on bequests for the salvation of souls bequeathed ("Zadužbina" - that is, "for the soul"). It is a large building with one room, a barrel vault, a semicircular gallery, choir and dome. Unlike churches of seaside style, the main temple of monastery Moraca is plastered. The main entrance is built of gray marble in the Romanesque style. The gray marble tiled the Church of the Assumption of the Mother of God itself. The large ambo in front of the Holy Doors is made of multi-colored stone. In the dome over the ambo hangs a large Chandelier "Bogorodicino kolo", under which once people vowed during the trial, when it was impossible to gather evidence in another way. In the middle part of the church there is a stone sarcophagus - the tomb, where the churchwarden (headman) of the monastery - Prince Stefan is buried. The gem of the church is a double door at the entrance to the middle temple, decorated with ivory. A chair, a table and a cane, which, according to legend, belonged to the St. Sava were also decorated with it. These items are considered to be the most beautiful and the most complex and original samples of marquetry.
    Church of the Assumption of Our Lady in Monastery of Moraca, Montenegro
    In addition to architecture, paintings have particular importance – on one of the pictures you can see 11 scenes illustrating the life of the prophet Elijah, having preserved since the 13th century. It is interesting to note that these 11 murals are preserved only in fragments, and present the only known example of this cycle in a monumental medieval painting.

    The church is famous not only for its unique paintings, but the icons. The most important relics stored here, considered an icon of Saint Simeon and Saint Sava, works by the painter Cosmas, Cetinje Oktoikh (the first printed book of the South Slavs) and handwritten gospels of XV and XVI centuries. The church was partially destroyed in the XV century - fought with Orthodoxy Turks removed the roof and banned local residents to protect the icons and frescoes. For many years the Church of the Assumption of the Mother of God stood without a roof, rain and snow got inside. This has caused catastrophic damage to many frescoes, paintings and icons, and now preserved, unfortunately, not as much as we would like.

     2. The Church of St. Nicholas.

    St. Nicholas Church was built in 1635 and also may boast a rich interior painting. It is much less than the Church of the Assumption of Mother of God and its architecture is not very similar to the actual church building: the length and width of it is 5 m and height about 8 m. It is said that during the Ottoman rule, it was very popular to build churches, which exterior were almost impossible to distinguish from ordinary houses. In such way Montenegrins tried to preserve their faith.

     Lifehack: There is another interesting story. During the Turkish yoke, the Lords of Montenegro, who were both rulers of the country, and its spiritual leaders personally went from one house to another, trying to persuade people not to renounce the faith.
    The Church of St. Nicholas was built in 1635 on the territory of the monastic complex Moraca in Montenegro.
     3. Monastic buildings and cells.

    Monastic buildings and cells fit perfectly into the monastery and as if to form the outer wall. Unfortunately, tourists cannot get inside, but even outside they look very nice.
    Monastic buildings and cells in the monastery of Moraca, Montenegro
    On the territory of the monastery, you can also see:
    • A small source of holy water. The water is very tasty and is considered curative. We recommend to take it on a bit for the future.
    • the Monastery apiary, where the bees are working peacefully. The collected honey can be tasted and buught in a nearby shop on site.
    • the Monastery belfry. It looks quite modest in reality, despite the fact that on the Internet you can find many beautiful pictures of the belfry, made from some particular perspective.
    A small spring with holy water and an apiary on the territory of the monastery of Moraca.
    The monastery complex also has a well-tended garden and a courtyard decorated with flowers and shrubs, where visitors can sit on a bench, enjoying the view of old buildings. Behind the walls of the monastery, a small café runs, where you can quench your thirst and take a breath in the shade of a canopy during hot summer days. Subsistence farming of the monastery is quite interesting - not in every zoo cite dweller can see rare species of feathered fowl, turkeys, ducks, geese, chickens, etc. Obviously, the monastery is self-contained and completely done without the benefits of modern civilization - the monks have a vegetable garden, pasture, apiary, breed chickens and sheep, growing grapes.

    The churchyard is surrounded by a high wall with two gates, which during the Balkan wars of the late XIX century was used as a fortification in the battles with the Turkish army. In honor of the defenders of the monastery, killed in its defense, there is a memorial plaque.
    In honor of the defenders of the Monastery of Morac, who died in his defense, a memorial plaque is mounted on the wall.
     Relics of the Moraca monastery.

    Moraca Monastery is one of the most famous medieval monuments of Montenegro, which has unique murals and icons, which are among the best examples of wall painting in the Balkans.

    As we have said, there are no special shrines in Moraca, but we will try to list some of them, that we know of:
    • Hand of Holy Martyr Harlampy - the main shrine of the monastery. Consecrated by it olive oil take home the pilgrims from around the world.
    • Oktoikh (vosmiglasnik) - the first printed book of the South Slavs. It was printed in Cyrillic in 1493. Apostle, printed by Ivan Fedorov (the first printed book in Russia), released only 70 years later.
    • Manuscript Gospel and other unique documents are stored in the library of the monastery;
    • Baptistery of marble;
    • Nail, which according to legend, belonged to the St. Sava;
    • Cross in altar made of walnut in the XVI century.
    In addition to the shrine in the monastery there are especially beautiful icons that are located next to the iconostasis. They are made by the greatest masters of the XVIII century, and an icon of St. Sava and the icon of St. Luke are considered the most valuable in the Balkans.

    Sightseeing near the Moraca monastery.

    Moraca Monastery is quite popular destination among tourists and pilgrims. The necessary minimal infrastructure is set up here for visitors: a small camping and a café.

    Near the monastery there are the objects that are worth a visit as you get to this region. On Mrtvitsa river near the area of Green vir (Green whirlpool) is preserved an old stone bridge built by Prince Danilo in memory of his mother. Near Kolasin the ruins of the Turkish powder depot have remained, protected by law. According to legend, on the orders of the Turkish, the architect, being an orthodox, built it... in the form of a cross. When the Turks found cheating, he was immediately killed. The building survived, but was never used for its intended purpose.

    Under the walls of the Moraca, the river of the same name rages fast, and on the east side of the monastery in its marvelous waters flows the Svetigora waterfall. In the immediate vicinity there is an attractive river canyon Mrtvitsa, the length of which is 9 km. Its depth sometimes reaches 1,100 meters, and the entire length of the canyon is carved with the wall path. Harsh, but at the same time wonderful nature - the perfect background for a significant cultural and historical monument.

    Moraca Church is one of the most important medieval Orthodox monuments in the Balkans.

    How to get to the Moraca monastery?

    In Montenegro, there are several options to get to the monastery:

    - To buy a tour in the city where you are resting. For example, at a travel agency or on the promenade of Budva, Petrovac, Kotor, Tivat, Herceg Novi, etc... You will be picked up early in the morning by a comfortable bus, and after the completion of the tour will be brought back.

    - To take a regular bus. During the season regular buses from different cities in Montenegro go to or by the Moraca monastery daily: from Podgorica (6 times a day), from Herceg Novi and Budva (3 times a day), from Bar, Virpazar and Sutomore (2 times a day) from Pljevlja (5 times a day). In addition, once a day to the Moraca monastery buses from Berane, Plav, Gusinje and Bijelo Polje go. You can also take any bus going along the route Podgorica - Kolasin, and ask the driver to stop at the Monastery ("Stanite kod Manastir Moraca, molim te").
    View the every-day schedule of buses in Montenegro here.

    - To drive your own or a renting car. The landmart of the monastery is a small town Kolasin (in winter a popular ski resort), from which the monastery is only 28 kilometers away on the E80 highway. If you are coming from the coast, your route will lie through the capital of Montenegro - Podgorica, and from it follow about 60 km by signs for Kolasin along the Moraca River. The road runs along the beautiful canyon Moraca, and along the way you will definitely make more than one stop to capture the breathtaking, panoramic views on camera or phone. On the way there are also brown signs "to Manastir Moraca". Soon, on the right you can easily see the black dome of the Church of the Assumption of Our Mother of God - the central structure within the monastery complex. Moraca Monastery is well visible from the road, and having come closer, you will see the mass of tourist buses, meaning that you have come to the right place.

    Mountain Monastery Moraca is one of the most beautiful churches in Montenegro. Yes, it is not stored such important Orthodox shrine as relics of St. Basil of Ostrog (Ostrog Monastery - Manastir Ostrog), or the Hand of St. John the Baptist (Cetinje monastery); the monastery is not visited by thousands of pilgrims of all faiths; Yes, it is not included in the list of the most important religious monuments in the world - but with all the above mentioned it is really worth coming, because it is here you can find spiritual peace, appeasement from pleasant silence and enjoy the genuine beauty of the surrounding nature.
     
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    In Montenegro, near Tivat there is so-called "holy Archipelago", consisting of 3 objects: Peninsula Miholska Prevlaka (Peninsula of Flowers), Island of St. Mark and the island of Gospa od Milo (Our Lady of Mercy). All three islands are covered with numerous legends, and they were a cult place of pilgrimage once:
     

    • The Sveti Marko Island is known for its amazing beaches (the total duration of which is about 4 km), where the beach season lasts for six months.
    • Miholska Prevlaka Peninsula or Island of Flowers ( "floral" Peninsula), as it is connected to the coast by a narrow isthmus - a strip of land, hiding under water during high tide. Why "floral"? Because it is the birthplace of all kinds of trees, flowers and plants growing on it in the old days. In addition, it was decorated with gorgeous olive grove, almost completely destroyed by refugees from Bosnia, like most flowering gardens. However, many flowering "umbrellas" (rich flora still please the eye of vacationist today) very well cope with protection from the burning sun for tourists eager to visit the beautiful island beach.
    • The smallest island of archipelago is the island Gospa od Milo (which means "Our Lady of Mercy") stands in the middle of Tivat Bay and is three hundred meters to the west of the island of Saint Mark, and about six hundred meters from the peninsula Lustica. Otok Island is the second name of this island, occupies a tiny space on the water, with width not exceeding 80 m and in length -.147 meters and is fenced off from the outside by wall with height of 1.5 meters. It was constructed by hermit monks in the XV century.


    What is hidden behind this wall?

    There is a nunnery with the same name with living monastic cells, the Church of Our Lady, the bell tower, and various household outbuildings, a courtyard with a gallery, concrete walkways and beautiful garden on the island.

    It would seem, that the smallest of the islands, ranked to the so-called Tivat "holy Archipelago" has nothing to surprise. However, cultural, historical and religious significance Gospa od Milo is very difficult to overestimate. Island Gospa od Milo is a unique "holy corner", that captivates amazing nature and mystery, the answer to which is to be found in numerous stories and legends ...
     

    • For example, scientists have not been able to prove the presence of life here for about 5 thousand years ago, but it is known that the island Our Lady of Mercy has been a place of great religious ceremonies of different nationalities for thousands of years. For example, carved stone altars are found here, dedicated to the wife of Jupiter -a beautiful Juno Lucina, that were left behind by the ancient Romans, greeting their gods here.
    • There is also a legend about three women: Juno, Mary and Dana, two goddesses - the guardian of the motherhood and God-fearing woman, having built a church for all the suffering. The island remains under their protection.
    • In addition, they say, that the resettlement of the Slavs and their conversion to Christianity is characterized by another significant finding. In 1955, a square stone of a certain small church was found in the undergrowth of the island. The inscription in Latin says that St. Stephen's Church was founded in the beginning of IX century by Dana and her husband Yurok. We can assume that the couple had no children, since they built a church on the site of the millennial pilgrimage, and entrusted their hopes and prayers to St. Stephen


    The history of the island.

    The island has quite rich and interesting history. In 1479 it was laid by the hermit monks, who were attracted by the magic of the Island. They also built Célestins monastery and a large church in honor of Our Lady of Mercy. At that time the local master carved a wooden statue of "Saint Mary of Mercy", after which the island got its name.

    From 1524, it was under the possession of Order of Friars Minor. After that, in the XVII century (1620), the island was sacked by Turks and the monastery and church were burnt as well. With the help of the faithful monks who lived in the district it was gradually restored.

    Until 1800 the Franciscans had not left the island, but in the end it was passed to the bishop of Kotor. Catholic priests settled on the island, they guarded the temple and managed the parishes of Krtole and Krasici on the opposite bank. With time, the church and especially the monastery came in strong decline, while in 1900 on the order of the bishop of Kotor a full restoration of the island and all the buildings that are on it behan.

    After the Second World War, the island was nationalized by the state and passed over to the Red Cross, which opened a holiday house for children on the island. After the Red Cross leave, the building on the island were gradually destroyed, and once the church was even broken into and ransacked.
    In 1967, on the Catholic Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary the monastery and the island were returned to the Kotor Diocese. And the care of it was entrusted to the Croatian Jesuit fathers, who with great love and care made restoration. The works were completed in early 1973 by the restoration of the bell tower and the installation of stained glass of a talented artist Marianne Gayshak.

    In the morning of Easter in 1979, the strongest earthquake in Montenegro occurred, which destroyed almost all the buildings of suffering island again.

    Today the island and most of the objects on it have been restored and this complex is one of the main tourist attractions of Tivat and all Montenegro.

    What to see on the way to the island?

    Island Gospa od Milo is located close to several places of interest that would be nice to visit along the way.

    Thus, in the program of excursions is often included not only the island of St Mark's, immersed in the green of cypress and olive trees, but also the Lustica peninsula, walking through which resembles a fascinating journey among the evergreen Mediterranean plants and wild flowering pomegranates, olive groves, ancient pines and oaks, wild grape shrubs and figs.

    When else you will have an opportunity to "be transferred" to the days of ancient Greece or Rome, celebrated in myths? And whether to miss or not such a great opportunity, being very close, everyone decides for themselves...
     

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    Slano Lake (Salt Lake) is located 6km to the west of Niksic, near Krupac Lake. It was formed in 1950, in the result of the Perucica hydroelectric power station construction. There are three big lakes, which emerged in the result of the flooding of several small ponds. The lakes are connected by channels and have numerous small islands, where fishing is possible. Despite that the lake was designed for industrial purposes, tourists and locals like to rest here.
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    The Lipsi Cave is located in the town-council of Kotor, 4,5 km to south-west from Risan near village Lipsi. The rock inside of the Lipsi cave is considered to be an archeological monument of II category. The images over Lipsi rock suggest the time when ancient people inhabited Boka-Kotor bay. It is also a valuable heritage of the Balkan peninsular of prehistoric art.
    Today just ruins left from the cave. Long ago it was ruined due to some natural cataclysms. However, part of the wall with the images on it have survived well, despite the age of the ancient painting is more than 12000. First this graphics was found in 1961.
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    The city of Niksic is located in the central part of the country at the foot of Mount Trebjes, 50 km from Podgorica. There are many roads leading from the coast to the heart of the country. Through the city goes a road connecting Podgorica with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The surrounding area is no less beautiful than the highlands of Montenegro - there are also lakes here (Krupac, Slano, Liverovici), monumental mountains towers up (the height of Niksic itself is 630 m above sea level), and the Zeta River flows past.

    History of the city.

    Niksic was founded by the Romans as a fortified military camp in the IV century BC on the site of the old Gothic settlement at the intersection of important roads. Then it bore the name Anagastum. Slavs who came to this region in the Middle Ages, changed the Roman name of the city to Onogosht. After the Ottoman conquest, the Turks once again took over the city - then it became known as Nikshic, and there the Turkish fortress was rebuilt. Gradually, the inhabitants became cramped within the fortress walls and they moved to the valley, where later the main city appeared.

    Turkish rule ceased in 1877, when Nikshic was liberated by the army of Nikola I Petrovic Njegos, the expulsion of the Ottoman Empire gave a new impetus to the development of the city - the rapid construction began there, the population began to grow. Most buildings of this period of development are associated with the name of architect Josip Slade, for example, he built the Cathedral of Basil of Ostrog, the palace of Nikola Petrovic Negos, the Royal Bridge, several parks and many other objects.

    In 1883, a plan of the development of Niksic was drawn up, which began to be implemented by the architect and town planner Josip Slade of Trogir. The first three decades after drawing up the plan are characterized by the explosive growth of urban production and trade, the establishment of various cultural and educational organizations in the city. By 1900, various attractions were built in Niksic: the Orthodox Church of St. Basil, the Royal Palace, the main city square with six streets that diverged from it, several parks.
    After the Second World War, the city was renovated and reconstructed. Niksic grew tenfold and became one of the important industrial centers of Montenegro.

    Niksic is the second largest industrial center in Montenegro after Podgorica. Here are located the metallurgical plant "Niksicka Zeljezara", a bauxite mine, a brewery "Niksicka Pivara" and other large enterprises. The wars of the break-up of Yugoslavia passed Montenegro, but left the Nikšić factories without suppliers and markets, which caused a complete decline in production, which lasted until the end of the 1990s. Many enterprises of the city were closed, others fell into decay. The business life of Niksic began to recover only at the beginning of the new millennium. The surviving plants were privatized and have now adapted to the new conditions. However, these enterprises cannot employ as many workers as they were employed in times of socialist Yugoslavia. Therefore, the city's economy is gradually transformed into economy of service. Well-being of the city is held at three large enterprises: the metallurgical plant, the bauxite mine and the brewery "Trebjesa", which produces the popular beer "Nikšičko", which is sold throughout Montenegro and the region.

    Sights

    There are several interesting sights in the city that you need to visit. It is worth starting from the central square, where the streets run to the north and east, and thus form a "web". Not far from the square there is the palace-museum of Nikola I Petrovic Njegos in the Renaissance style, in which now there is a museum of local folklore, the city park and the Freedom Square.
    palace-museum Njegos

    Lovers of historical monuments can also see the ancient Turkish fortress Bedem at the entrance to the city.
    Fortress Bedem

    The fortress was built by the Turks in the 18th century after the conquest of the Slavonic Onogost. They surrounded by the fortress walls only the upper city, where the Ottoman administration was located, while the lower part of the settlement, populated by artisans, was outside the fortification and had its own defense system. The fortress was always the site of battles for the city during numerous wars, the last battle near the walls of the bastion occurred in 1878, when Niksic was liberated by Montenegrin prince Nikola I.

    Be sure to visit the church of St. Basil of Ostrog, which was built in the 19th century. The Church of St. Basil keeps a memory of the heroes of Montenegro who gave their lives for her freedom. The temple is beautiful itself, and even better it makes a park, laid out. This architectural ensemble is called Saborn.

    Visit the bridges on the Mostanica River, Royal and Vukov. The Royal bridge is considered one of the most beautiful bridge structures in the country. It belongs to the creative heritage of the famous architect Josip Slade and was built at the end of the XIX century on the money of the Russian Emperor Alexander III, in honor of which he received his "royal" name. The bridge is located at the exit from Niksic along the route of the old road to Podgorica and goes over the Pandurica River. The stone structure has a length of about 269 m, the embankment on either side of the bridge extends almost 600 m long. The bridge consists of 18 arches, the maximum height of the span is 13 m. A small pedestrian bridge is located in the lower part of the structure in the area above the Pandurica River.
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    In the middle of Niksic cemetery you can find the oldest church in the district, which bears the names of St. Peter and Paul, which is a rather rare name among the numerous Montenegrin temples. According to legend, this church belongs to the IX century, and once Saint Sava served there - the first patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The church is located in the center of Niksic in the city cemetery and not far from the cathedral of Basil of Ostrog.
    Among other things, the ancient Turkish mosque Hadi-Smailov is perfectly preserved here, and in the immediate vicinity of the city an ancient human settlement was discovered - the Red Rock (Crvena stijena).

    The city hosts numerous international festivals, such as the International Festival of Actors, the International Chamber Music Festival and the International Guitar Festival. At the end of summer there are the famous "September Days" in Montenegro, during which theatrical and cinema nights, meetings with local poets and writers, various exhibitions are organized.

    What to see in the vicinity of the city?

    Niksic is waiting for lovers of skiing with a little experience. On the slope of Krnov, near the canyon of the river Komarnica, less than 20 km from the city is the ski center Vučje. At the disposal of holidaymakers - 4 tracks (their total length is about 3 km) and three ski lifts. Slopes are gentle, which is convenient and safe for the development of mountain skiing.

    For those who are interested in the history of Orthodoxy, we advise to visit the monastery Zupa. The history of the creation of the monastery is full of unexpected turns and drama. Legend has it that it was originally erected on the right bank of the Gracanica River, but was soon destroyed by a devastating rockfall. The monastery was restored, but history repeated itself. Then the locals dismantled the remains of the monastery literally by brick and moved the construction to the other side of the river. But - again a failure - it was burned by the Turks. And only at the end of the XIX century the monastery was rebuilt in the form that it now has.

    In the vicinity of the city in 1960 the Perucica hydroelectric power station was built here, which contributed to the formation of three artificial lakes: Krupac, Slano and Vrtac. These lakes so organically blended into the natural landscape and are beautiful, which gradually became the favorite recreation places for residents. Many people say that this is the best place for walking in the vicinity - Krupac Lake. It is located 5-6 km from the city, and here you can see many interesting things. The lake is full of fish, and in summer there are often competitions of anglers. And if you are not a fan of spending time with a fishing rod, equipped beach and promenade are at your service.

    How to get to the city?

    Niksic is connected with Podgorica by a two-lane highway E762. Podgorica Airport is 70 km away. Also from Niksic the roads through Shavnik to Zabljak and via Trebinje to Bosnia (with a branch to Risan and Kotor Bay) go. The budget way of transportation will be the bus. But it is also possible to take a taxi. The most convenient variant of the journey will be a rented car.

    Food and accommodation.

    Niksic is as hospitable as other cities in Montenegro. You can find and choose for yourself any type of accommodation during your holiday: rent a private apartment, book a room in a hotel / inn, or rent a villa or a private house. You can choose the suitable accommodation on the page of our partner - the company Booking.

    The cuisine in cafes and restaurants is traditionally European and Montenegrin. In Niksic, as in any major city, there is everything from shops to bars and night discos. For everyone who likes a foam drink, it will be a special pleasure to be in the city, as there is a beer factory producing brands of various kinds of beer "Niksicko", popular in Montenegro.
     

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    In Boka-Kotor bay, near a cultural sightseeing Perast town, there is the only of its kind of the Eastern Adriatica artificial island Gospa od Škrpjela with the Church of XVIII century erected on a small reef. The name of the island translated from Serbian as "Our Lady of the Rocks" and reflects its history. In 1452 two brothers, who were local seamen from Perast found an icon of the Holy Mother on the reef. Presumably the icon appeared there after shipwreck, but after the icon created a miracle it became insignificant. After the icon was found, one of the brothers recovered from illness he had been suffering for a long time. Since local people have known about miracle healing, they started respect and worship the icon.

    Plateau with area 3030 m2 and the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks 11m high had been constructed for more than 200 years. It started with sinking old and seized ships, then pirate ones. Than the law was taken, according to which every ship passing by should drop a stone to the bottom.

    Since then annual festival is held, during which all men should reach the island on brightly decorated boats and deliver stones there. This festival is called "Fašinada" and it has practical, rather than entertainment, purpose. It is held to avoid the damage of the island. Any volunteer can participate. By the way, the closing part of the fest is sailing regatta. The Church was finally built in 1630. It is considered the Church helps the sailors during dangerous voyages. Unfortunately, after a strong earthquake happend in 1667, the Church was reconstructed and in 1722 it was finally completed in Byzantine style. Tripo Kokolja took part in the interior design. The most famous his work is 10 meters fresco "Mary’s Death".

    There are many works of art brought by sailors. Besides a famous icon of Our Lady, there are more than 2500 thousand of plates made of gold and silver. They contain dates of sailors' departure and arrival. Some plates contain just one date, it means that some sailors never came back. So a woman has been waiting for his husband-sailor the whole life. At the same time she was embroidering an icon out of her hair, so even grey hair was visible there. Her husband has never returned. Now the icon is kept in the Church on the island. It considered that the icon brings luck to the married couples, therefore wedding ceremonies are held in this church. Also many tourists and pilgrims all over the world come to the church.

    Lifehack: There is a sea taxi to Gospa od Škrpjela island. You can ask the schedule on the pier of your town.
     
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    Island Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks)
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    There are more than 14 offshore islands in Montenegro, and, in addition, small islands on Skadar Lake and in the Bay of Kotor. Each of these islands is beautiful and does not look like the others - and here are rocky islands and the islands with golden beaches, the island with dense vegetation and ancient fortresses.

    Katic and Holy Sunday Islands (Montenegrin - Svete Nedelje) are amazing, compact and rocky islands in the bay of Petrovac, which are located very close to each other. They are located near the tourist town of Petrovac, opposite the city beach - distance from the coastline is only one kilometer. Every tourist, visiting the town of Petrovac, has a great opportunity to enjoy the picturesque landscape, boundless expanse of the Adriatic Sea and given islands.

    Katic and Holy Sunday Islands in Petrovac are almost perpendicular to the coastline, and if you look at them from the city beach, then one island covers another one. But if you go to the edge of the town of Petrovac, to one of the distant beaches, the islands of Holy Sunday and Katic will appear before you in all their glory.

    How to get to the island?

    To reach the islands one can only by water. At the city beach, or on the pier you can rent a boat, a cutter, a kayak or catamaran and reach the islands on your own or with the help of a guide. But some experienced swimmers and daredevils get to the island by swimming (remember that there is 1 km from the coast to the islands).
     During the trip, you can forget about the everyday hustle and leisure, enjoy the tranquility, great views of beautiful nature, clean air and wonderful atmosphere.

    Why are the islands so attractive?

    Without a doubt, Petrovac and its surrounding islands of Katic and Holy Sunday are one of the most beautiful places in Montenegro. But not only because of this fact, the islands could become a well-known even outside Montenegro.

    Holy Sunday Island is one of the most interesting islands in the world, which is certainly remembered by everyone who ever saw him alive. Residents of the town of Petrovac tell an interesting legend about the island of Holy Sunday and the church of the same name on it.

    Long ago, there was a strong storm in the that destroyed a ship and crew. Only a few sailors miraculously survived and were able to find refuge on the small stone island. As a sign of gratitude to the Lord for their salvation in the storm, they built a small church (chapel) on this place. Shipwreck happened on Sunday (in Montenegrin word sounds like "nedelja"), respectively, and the church was called Svete Nedelje (Holy Sunday). At present, the locals believe that the church and the island of Holy Week protect each sailor in these places.

     An earthquake in the second half of the XX century, destroyed many architectural sights not only in Petrovac, but around the whole Montenegro, and it didn’t spare the little church either, and now it is dilapidated. But despite this, in chapel the bells still can be rung, and the church is illuminated at night and looks simply amazing.

    Katic Island is a small, rocky and uninhabited areas of land. Despite this, a few pines still managed to adapt to the difficult conditions of existence on Katic. There is also a beacon pointing the way to mariners.

    Take a chance to walk on the islands of Katic and Holy Sunday, enjoying beautiful scenery, tranquility and time to spend alone with the closest people, because such a possibility happens quite rarely nowadays. Get convinced, that all this splendor and diversity will charge you only with positive emotions and give a true delight and admiration of what you see.
     
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    In Montenegro, there are quite a lot of different ancient fortresses and forts. But all these historical places are not any medieval feudal castles - "eagle's nests", where lords lived - owners of the surrounding lands, as in Western Europe. Here they are really powerful defenses, where military garrisons stood and repulsed the constant offensive of enemy troops from all sides. And even if in some of them local aristocrats also lived, after themselves they did not leave even a hint of luxurious palace chambers and their elite residence in the fortress walls. In the territory of present Montenegro, some buildings were built to protect them from pirates (like the Fortress of the Holy Cross in Perast), some Montenegrins erected to protect themselves from invaders, and many were built by conquerors themselves to control the local population.

    Since the beginning of the nineteenth century, when the Kotor lands were controlled by the Austrian Empire, the Austrians did not become an exception and began to erect here their modern and purely military fortresses for the defense of the occupied lands. Until now, many fortresses of the times of Austria-Hungary have survived in Montenegro, some of them are in good condition, some are completely looted and destroyed, and many are simply forgotten, abandoned and given to the power of nature. All these fortresses today are united only by one thing: they all have lost their former strategic purpose, are deserted and are not protected at all now. One of such places is the Vrmac fortress ("Tvrđava Vrmac").
     
    Austrian fortress Vrmac.

    The Vrmac mountain range, dividing the Kotor and Tivat bays from the Bay of Kotor, has always played an important strategic role for military control over the adjacent territories. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which gained power over the Montenegrin lands in the XIX century, built in these places the defensive fortress Vrmac. There is a fort at the top of the mountain of the same name, near the village of Muo. Its geographical coordinates are: 42 ° 25'15 ", 18 ° 44'57 ".
    Austrian fortress Vrmac in Montenegro
    The fortress of Vrmac is one of three fortresses designed to protect the Bay of Kotor from the east, in the direction towards the historical Montenegro. This complex of defensive structures-Vrmac, Gorazda, Trinity, and also several other batteries, covered in due time nearby cities from a possible assault attack, which could be landed in the bay of Przno.

    The fortress Vrmac, like Gorazda, refers to the type of entrenched fortresses, which were built either in grooves, like the fort of Gorazda, or surrounded by an earthen rampart. The enemy, in order to take such a fortress, would first have to attack the rampart, and only then somehow force a deep and wide anti-personnel ditch with caponiers, metal stakes with barbed wire.
    Austrian fortress Vrmac in Montenegro
    Its design embodied all the achievements of the fortification science of the time. The structure has a trapezoidal shape in plan and consists of the rear part (called "gorza") and two gun casemates, one of which is directed towards Tivat and the other towards the Bay of Kotor. The floor (facing the enemy) part is a powerful wall, and the whole structure is surrounded by a moat, along which flanking (longitudinal) fire from two side caponiers could be conducted. One more, the mountaineer caponier served to defend the entrance to the fort. Shells for long-range guns were sent from the underground arsenal with a mechanized elevator. Over the surface of the earth can be counted two floors, but much higher height of the fort was dug deep into the hill. It is this fortress of Vrmac that appears before us, seemingly unassailable.

    History of the fortress Vrmac.​

    The fortress Vrmac was built in 1894-1897 (a little later than Gorazda) in place of the old Austrian battery that existed here since 1858, served to control the Montenegrin artillery positions on Mount Lovcen and guarded the mountain serpentine from Kotor in Cetinje.

    After the completion of the construction, Fort Vrmac was for a long time the most modern fortification of the Kotor naval port. Here, 182 servicemen constantly served: 5 officers and 177 representatives of lower ranks. The weapons consisted mainly of howitzers (about 12 units) and 12 gunnery guns.

    At the end of the 19th century, the fort was modernized - the casemate were fortified with additional armored shields manufactured by the Skoda factory, and 360 ° armored hoods were mounted on the roof of the fortress to fire air targets (this was caused by the appearance of military aviation). At that time, the fortress seemed completely inaccessible and until the outbreak of World War I it did not participate in any military conflict.

    During the First World War, the fortress Vrmac was in the center of the fighting between Austria-Hungary and Montenegro. The worst times fortress had in October 1914, when Montenegrin troops were actively bombarding Vrmac and Gorazda with artillery from Lovcen, and as a result, a warehouse with shells was blown up and the fortress was seriously damaged. On October 23, 1914, the fortress had 176 damages and was already ready to surrender, if it had not been for the additional naval forces that had arrived on time in the bay, which could neutralize the Montenegrin attack of the battery on Lovcen. Since that time, the whole forest around the fortress has been literally strewn with shell holes, but it is not visible on the fortress itself, since, most likely, the Austrians, having repulsed the Montenegrin attacks, have made the necessary repairs. In 1916, the fortress again began to function and again took defensive positions.

    During the Second World War, the fortress of Vrmac was used by Italian troops to repel enemy strikes.

    Some time later, when the fortress had completely disarmed and removed all the guards from it, an Orthodox priest settled here. From the fragments of stones, he made the stove in the corner, and painted the wall with icons.

    Lifehack: Everyone can see these icons, as well as get to know the life and device of the fort closer! The main thing is not to be afraid of creeping along dark, unknown abandoned fortresses, and take a flashlight with you.

    Now the fort is abandoned, but it is frequently visited by fortress lovers, as well as everyone wishing to enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Kotor - from the height of the Vrmac hill, there are beautiful panoramas to the Old Kotor and the Fortress of St. John.

    How to get to the fortress Vrmac?​

    You can get to the fortress Vrmats on your own or rented car on quite good road from the Trinity Pass, where there is another battery. Now the road is asphalted, but it's just the top layer. But the foundation, which still does not sink or crumble, was laid in 1882!

    Lifehack: You can get to the fortress in another rather easy way. Take a taxi in Kotor or Tivat and ask to get you to "Tvrdavu Vrmats" (Serb fortress Vrmac). The cost of the trip will be a maximum from ten to fifteen euros according to taxi meter.

    Before you order a taxi, see the approximate price of the trip or a fixed transfer price (depending on the departure city and company) on our website, or in our free Application “ Guide around Montenegro / Way to Montenegro" in the Apple Store or Google Play.

    You can also go up to the fortress in another, much more interesting way - from Kotor, from the village of Muo, directly from the city police station the tourist hiking trail, built also by the Austrians even earlier, in 1860 !!!

    With this mountain path, there are all the same problems as with all the local trails - while it goes through the village of Muo, it is easy to lose, because it is just a lane that branches several times. From a certain point it leaves the settlement and just dissolves. (Right picture on the photo below)

    Lifehack: On the way to the top, the next pointer "Planinarska staza - Vrmac" strains directly into the courtyard of the apartment house ... And it's also very Montenegrin. It turns out the path goes straight through the site, but it is not very well seen, since after the earthquake in 1979 it was partially blocked and rarely visited.
    Добраться к крепости Врмац можно несколькими способами как на автомобиле так и пешком.
    This road is now in a bad condition - here and there it is simply destroyed, sometimes filled up with crumbling stones, and sometimes even completely blocked by collapsed large pines. Once it was clearly wide and comfortable (the cart could have traveled), and now it has left a trail along which one person will pass with difficulty. Despite all this, many tourists still go to the fortress just this "wild" path, as the stunning views of the old town of Kotor and the Bay of Kotor throughout the route more than compensation for all the difficulties and inconveniences. This road is built in such a way that after an hour and a half of leisurely walking you find yourself at an altitude of about 700 meters above sea level - direct ascent would take much more time and effort, and in some cases require special climbing training.

    Among other things, you can simply book a tour of the Austro-Hungarian fortresses of Montenegro, within which you will visit several fortresses at once, and an experienced guide will tell you the history of the erection of these fortifications, supplemented by many interesting facts.

    Walk through the fortress Vrmac and the surrounding area.​

    On the territory near the fort Vrmac there are many different military buildings. Previously, there was a military base, and now only the ruins of once powerful buildings. Surrounds the fortress is a pretty pine forest, and this is perhaps the only place above which is particularly well breathing.
    Military base and guard post near the fortress Vrmac, in Montenegro
    The most interesting here is the magnificent views that open from the top of the Vrmac mountain range. It is from h the old city of Kotor, the Bay of Kotor and various settlements along the coast - Perast, Dobrota, Ljuta, etc. are perfectly visible.
    Views of the old town of Kotor, Boka Bay, Perast, Dobrota, Ljuta, etc., opening from the top of the mountain range and the fortress Vrmac.
    And so the fortress Vrmac looks from the road:
    Форт Врмац в Черногории
    And now let's go inside the fortress and examine all its hidden and interesting places. Unlike fortresses in Bosnia and Herzegovina, you can enter it quite calmly, without fear for your life.

    The fortress Vrmac consists of 3 floors and a cistern in the lowest room. Despite the fact that the fort has not been protected for a long time, it is not so easy to get there. The iron double-leaf doors of the main entrance are locked. But! Next to them there is a kind of "entrance" through the window, with the help of which you can climb inside. Once inside the fortress, you immediately realize that inside it is still preserved, but in some places it looks much worse than outside...

    Lifehack: We advise you to take a flashlight and good waterproof shoes with you. First, inside there are corridors in which absolutely nothing is visible. Secondly, holes in the floor represent an excellent opportunity to fall into the secret rooms - from the first floor you can fall into the tank, and on the second floor - a huge hole in the floor, covered with rotten parts of woods. Thirdly, inside the fortress there are a lot of puddles and damp premises.
    The entrance to the fortress Vrmac
    Well, let's have a walk through all the floors of the fortress.

    First floor.

    Unlike Fort Gorazda, which looks completely untouched, Vrmac during the First World War suffered greatly from Montenegrin bombardments. Inside the fortress there are casemates, in which even something has been preserved - electric locker, insulators, some channel - ventilation or for laying communications. One of the rooms on the ground floor is the toilets.
    Туалеты в крепости Врмац
    The ceilings in Vrmac are vaulted, made of bricks, which is not typical for Austrian buildings. Passages are strange, labyrinth type, the letter P, which end in dead ends. Perhaps, these are traces of the previous temporary fortress, which was here before. Of the brick also made and a tank, located even lower. On the walls of the fortress, you can see original records - "Grobari" is a Serbian football gang which autographs can be seen much in the Balkans.

    Lifehack: Bats live in the fortress. They will not do harm, but if you break their peace, then they begin to panic and can simply accidentally crash into you.

    Second floor

    The second floor of the fortress is a room for guns covered with thick metal shells. Inside, there is such a cinematic atmosphere that it seems, a maniac with a chainsaw appeared in front of you.

    Lifehack: By the way, if you look closely, you can distinguish the inscription on the armored shell "E. Skoda Pilsen 1896" - the same inscription is present on the shells of guns in the fortress of Gorazda.​
    Второй этаж крепости Врмац — это закрытые толстыми металлическими панцирями помещения для орудий.
    One of the rooms on the second floor is painted with icons and in the corner there are sags from many candles. They say that at one time a monk-hermit lived here, he painted walls and a metal protective shell for guns.

    Lifehack: Be careful, walking along the second floor, as this ambush awaits you. The ceilings are high, so it's very long to fly. This obstacle does not even need to be overcome. You can go around the third floor and go down the other stairs to the inaccessible part of the second floor.​
    Дыра в полу в крепости Врмац
    We continue to move on. Wooden staircase with handrails leading to the third floor, still preserved in its original form!

    Third floor

    The third floor is built with very low ceilings and you will have to go almost bent over. But the biggest challenge is a huge puddle along the entire corridor, which appears here after the rains. Here you will need dense and waterproof shoes. On the third floor you can find nests of smaller guns with rotating shells. There is also an elevator mechanism, which in ancient times served for the supply of shells.
    Подъемный (лифтовой) механизм в крепости Врмац
    From the third floor you can get to the roof of the fortress. Above, it is very well camouflaged with bright green moss, bushes and some flowers and if not protruding ventilation pipes, it is not immediately clear that you are on the top of a defensive structure, and not just on a mountain in the forest.
    Крыша форта Врмац в Черногории

    This of course is not all that can be seen in the fortress itself and in the surrounding area. But here, as they say, it is better to see once than hear a hundred times...
     
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    The Austrian fortress Vrmac in Montenegro
    Guide around Montenegro

    On the territory of Montenegro there is a huge number of historical monuments, which many conquerors left at different times. Impressions of past cultures are observed in the architecture of many ancient cities and temples of Montenegro, monuments and sculptures, in the visual arts and painting, folklore and everyday life of the local population. Currently in Montenegro there is a huge amount of archaeological excavations and large architectural complexes (about 50), the oldest defensive fortresses, as well as many sacred objects and memorial monuments of the liberation wars. We will tell you about one such valuable historical object in Montenegro in this article.
     

    Ancient Roman city of Dioсlea.​
     

    The Zeta Plain, which now houses the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica was inhabited in ancient times. Just 3 kilometers northwest of the modern capital, at the confluence of the Zeta and Moraca rivers was the ancient city of Dioсlea, in which, according to legend, the Roman emperor Diocletian was born. This city was founded by the Romans as far back as the 1st century AD, and it was it which later gave the name to the state on this territory - Duklja. The name was chosen only because in the local dialect "Dioсlea" is sounded like Duklja. The city of Dioсlea in ancient times was a major shopping center, with developed for that time infrastructure. In those days, the Roman governors loved to live in comfort and erected beautiful temples, thermae (Roman public baths), the triumphal arch and the palace building. In the XX century, during the archaeological excavations, even necropolises were discovered here, where objects of everyday use were found: ceramic and glass vessels, jewelry, tools, weapons, coins.

    This historical region of Montenegro at different times was known under the names Diocletia, Dioc, Duklja, Zeta (Diocletia, Diocleia, Duklja, Zeta). From IX to XI century, the state was called Duklja: by the name of the Illyrian tribe of docklates. According to another version, the name of the state came from the ancient Roman city of Dioklea (Dukli) in the area of modern Podgorica. The population of the state was called the Duklians. In the 11th century, in the Byzantine chronicles, the country is more often called Zeta (from the name of the Zeta River - the tributary of the Moraca). In literature, the state is also called the Duklian state, the Duklja kingdom, the Zeta state, the kingdom of Zeta, the Duklja principality.

    Today, only the remains of numerous buildings, structures are preserved, and archaeological excavations at the site of the ancient settlement are one of the main scientific values and tourist attractions of Montenegro.

    History of the city of Dioclea.

    The city of Dioclea (Doclea) was founded by the Romans in the 1st century AD on the site of the settlement of Illyrian tribes Dokleati. Initially, Dioclea was a semi-autonomous region of the Grand Duchy of Raska, which in turn was part of the Eastern Roman Empire, and then Byzantine suzerainty.

    The years passed and by the second century the urban settlement had turned into a large settlement with a clear Roman layout from perpendicular streets, in which there was all the communal infrastructure (water supply, sewerage) and lived almost 40,000 people. Even in modern Montenegro, few cities can boast such a population. The city was surrounded by a fortress with defensive towers, there was a square that was located at the intersection of the two main streets. On the square there was a monumental basilica on the west side, on the north side there was a court building. In 297, Duklja became the capital of the newly created Roman province of Prevalis, which had trade links with Italy, Dalmatia, Macedonia and Greece.

    In the IV century, the city was destroyed several times by barbarian tribes, at the end of the 5th century it was devastated and destroyed by western Goths, and in 518 suffered a major earthquake. As a result, the city came to a complete decline and, unlike neighboring Meduna, did not turn into a medieval settlement. The Slavs who came here in 620 finally destroyed the city, but took its name for the name of its first state Duklia, from the XI century, during the reign of Byzantium, known as Zeta.

    After the IX century the reign of the Roman Empire was overthrown, the city began to build Christian churches, and around the city was erected a fortress wall and defensive structures. Most of the history of Christianity of Duklja introduced the ruler John Vladimir, who is revered by the Serbian, Orthodox Church to this day, and was given the rank of saints.

    In the 12th century, cultural development declined, and finally Duklja fell in 1189, when Prince Mikhailo Vojeslavljevic, and the eldest son of Stefan Neman, named Vukan, got the throne. It is believed that it is from these times that the city of Dioclea is in ruins.

    Since the end of the XIX century, many historians and scientists of the world began to take an active interest in the city of Dioclea. One of the first who shew scientific interest in the city was the Russian scientist P.A. Rovinsky. After it, the city was studied by English archaeologists, however, systematic study of the ancient settlement began only in 1954 and continued until 1998. The famous English archaeologist Arthur John Evans devoted 7 years to the study of this ancient settlement, and the result of his works today is the main study in archeology of Montenegro.

    Today, on the site of the old city, there are preserved walls, various rectangular structures, the ruins of the bridge over Moraca, the ruins of palaces, villas and baths, numerous sarcophagus (more than 300 pieces) with richly decorated bas-reliefs. Sculptures and fragments of artifacts and ornaments of handicraft production testify the former wealth of this ancient Roman city. Also, historians established that in the middle there was a city square, on it in the west - a basilica, and in the north was located the courthouse. In 1874 the famous Podgorica Cup was found here. Religious buildings of those times - triumphal arches and three churches, one of which is dedicated to the goddess Roma, and the other to the goddess Diana were found in Duklja. In addition, scientists discovered necropolises with ancient objects of use: tools of labor, ceramic and glass vessels, weapons, jewelry, coins and ornaments.

    Although even from the ancient city of Dioclea only piles of stones and half-ruined walls left, but when you come into contact with them you still experience mixed feelings of excitement and admiration.
     

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    Ancient Roman city Dioclea (Duklja) in Montenegro
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    Vezirova mosque - a monument of culture and a symbol of the city Gusinje.
     
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    Vezirova mosque - a monument of culture and a symbol of the city...

Beaches of Montenegro

Enjoy the sun, the sea and a good mood on the best beaches in Montenegro!

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    Przno beach (Pržno plaža) is a small gravel beach. It is located in a former fishing village. Many boats are still moored here. There are beach bar, restaurant and renting of sun loungers. It is very convenient to get Sveti-Stefan by boat from this place. There is lack of parking space. 
    Pržno beach
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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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    Zanjic Beach is also called President Beach.  There was a time when a famous Broz Tito (the President of former Yugoslavia) chose this bay as a private beach. It is located 6 km from Herceg-Novi, on the Lustica Peninsula. In summer time one can get there by a private boat from Herceg-Novi, Igalo and  Meline. The boats depart every 10 minutes from 9a.m. till 1p.m. and coming back from 5p.m. till 8p.m. The beach is gravel and there is no sand, therefore the water is very clean and clear. One should be careful entering the water because of big large cobbles and sea urchins. It's better to use a sun lounger with an umbrella (the price is 10 Euro) and an atomized shower (0,50 cents) for a comfortable rest. The beach is surrounded by olive grove. One can have a rest from the sun in its shadows and enjoy a glass of wonderful wine. There is a big quay next to the beach. From this place you can go to the Blue Cave or visit Mamula island-fortress. This trip will cost about 5 Euros per person. In ten minutes walking distance from the main beach, there is Mirištа Bay. The shore consists of concrete platforms, which rise stepwise up to the dense forest. This place is marked out by amazing landscapes around and fresh forest air.  
    Žanjic beach in Montenegro
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    Zukovica beach (Žukovica plaža) is a wild gravel beach, partially rocky and sandy. It is surrounded by mediterranean flora and locates next to Žukovica cape at the coast of Grbalj valley. Special conveniences are absent.  
    Zukovica beach
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    Guvance beach (Guvance plaža) is a gravel beach. It is a continuation of Slovenska beach. There are restaurants, bars and renting sun loungers along the beach. There is parking.  
    Guvance beach in Montenegro
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    Lučice beach (Lučice plaža) is a comfortable gravel-sandy beach in the bay surrounded by softwood. There are free and paid parking, restaurants, bars, water slide and see attractions.  
    Lučice beach
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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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    Jaz beach (Jaz plaza) is a gravel beach with gravel-sandy sections, it is 850 meters long. There are beach bars, restaurants, renting sung loungers and paid parking. A famous festival SEA DANCE is held in July every year. It is better to avoid visiting beach in this period, just in case you are the participant of the festival.  
    Beach Jaz 2

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  • Concerts at the pub Beer and Bike Club in January

    Throughout January, every Wednesday and Saturday, live concerts by various artists and music groups of the Balkan Peninsula will be held in the popular Beer and Bike Club pub,...
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    15.01-29.01.20
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    From February 14 to March 15, 2020, in the resort town of Herceg Novi (Montenegro), which is located on the coast of the Bay of Kotor, the traditional 51st Mimosa Festival will be...
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    14.02-15.03.20
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