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    Skadar Lake or Shkodra lake (Skadarko jezero) is one of the national parks and the main sightseeing of Montenegro. It is the largest lake at Balkan Peninsula, divided between two countries Montenegro and Albania. It impresses with its size and beauty. The biggest part of the lake belongs to Montenegro, which consists 2/3 of the lake Skadar. Lake was declared a national park in 1983.Most authors agree that the Skadar Lake basin is of tectonic origin which had been formed due to the complex folding and faulting. According to different sources, the period of lake formation dated from the creation and till 65 million years ago. Previously, lake was a bay of the Adriatic sea and now it is divided by alluvial neck. Alimentation of lake is realized at the expanse of 6 rivers, the biggest among them are Morača and Crnojevića. It falls into Bojana river near the city of Shkodër in northern Albania. On an average, the total area of lake is 475 km2, in case of drought season it decreases 390 km2 and increases 523 km2 in winter season. Certainly, it is not the biggest lake in Europe, but it is included to 15 biggest European lakes, taking the 13th position. Sailing over the lake, one can see white water lily blossom in huge flush, nuphar lutea and colonies of water chestnut or ling (sometimes it is slipped during the excursion and you can try it).Lifehack  If you want to catch maximum quantity of white water lily, visit lake from the end of May till the mid of July. The scene you witness will definitely impress you. It is abundant in fresh-water fish, among them are carp, eel, trout and others. You can try these same tree species of fish at any restaurant near the shore of Skadar lake. Also Skadar lake becomes habitat for birds in winter season, for example for gannets. In summer you can see egret, duck, seagull and black ibis. There are about 220 bird species in total inhabiting this lake. Skadar Lake also hides numerous acting monasteries and churches distributed by the islands. Among them are Vranjina, Starčeva, Beška, Moračnik.How to get? If you plan your trip by car, the best option is to reach the village Virpazar. If you organize your personal excursion, this place has the cheapest boat rent. Also there are comfortable fish restaurants. Lifahack  It is not necessary to buy an excursion to experience all sorts of emotions from visiting the National park Skadar Lake. You can get to the lake by public transport, by taxi or a car and rent a private boat. You will be shown special places and quiet corners of the lake. Just local fishermen know every corner of this huge lake.
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    Skadar Lake
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    St. Stephen Island (Sveti Stefan) is an island-hotel and a deluxe resort (of the highest category), located a few kilometers from the tourist center of Montenegro - the city of Budva. The island is connected with the shore by a narrow sandy isthmus and is a "visiting card of Montenegro". Panoramic view, opening from the observation deck near the restaurant - hotel Adrovic on the island of Sveti Stefan, the boundless Adriatic Sea and the coast of Montenegro is one of the most iconic and famous in the world and widely spread on tourist postcards in Montenegro.  History of the island The legend of the island of St. Stephen says that local residents, pashtrovichi, returning home after a joint victory with the Kotor citizens over the Turks, besieged Kotor, saw Ottoman ships near the Jaz beach close to the Old Town of Budva. Having destroyed them, the pashtrovichi took possession of a considerable quantity of trophies and decided to build a fortress on these funds, which was done in 1442. The name was given to it by the name of the church dedicated to Stephen Protomartyr, built on the island first. Later, especially during the days of the Venetian Republic, Sveti Stefan was an important trade center and transport hub, that chronicles confirm. About 200 years ago there were 100 houses, three churches and more than 400 residents, but in a century because of another economic crisis, the island city began to decline and was abandoned by the fishermen settled it at that time. In 1955, the authorities decided to rebuild the island of Sveti Stefan radically and create here a unique natural complex of the Adriatic and the Balkans. By that time, there were only 20 people living on the island, and the issue of their resettlement to the mainland was solved without problems. During the reconstruction, the external appearance of the old buildings, which now are about 80, was not damaged. After the creation of the hotel on its island, its guests have been the world stars of show business, actors, athletes and other famous people from all over the world. The island-hotel Sveti Stefan provides its guests with a unique opportunity for a secluded holiday in a beautiful corner of the nature. The hotel is designed as a very quiet, calm and closed from prying eyes place. Saint Stefan is an exclusive holiday destination, which has no analogues in the world and was visited by many famous people: the English Queen Elizabeth II, the Dutch Queen Cristina and the former King of Spain Umberto II of Savoy, as well as the famous actors Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Day, Richard Widmark, Sylvester Stallone, famous writers Andre Maurois and Albert Moravi, the model Claudia Schiffer. The island-hotel consists of 80 separate houses, there are 16 deluxe rooms and the world-famous villa No. 188, in which Sophia Loren and Kirk Douglas, Indus Ira Gandhi and Robert McNamara, Gina Lolobrigida and Richard Burton, and even Leonid Brezhnev spent holidays at different times.Sophia Loren at island of Sveti Stefan St Stefan On the island, in addition to the church of St. Stephen, which is located on the most elevated part of the island, there is also the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord with an ancient mosaic on the facade depicting the Virgin Mary with Jesus, and the latest church of Alexander Nevsky, built in 1940. To date, Sveti Stefan island, as well as Villa Miločer, located in a park near the island, is a single hotel complex, which is managed by the Aman resorts hotel network and is called Aman Sveti Stefan. Visiting the island is possible only for hotel guests on the island or when booking a table in a restaurant. At various times on this island, celebrities from all over the world and representatives of royal families rested.Sveti Stefan Island, Montenegro in 1965-1975 years and in 2017 On the mainland in front of the island on both sides of the isthmus leading to it, there are beautiful sandy beaches of high price category. Above the island is the eponymous settlement, the price of accommodation in the apartments is also quite high. Beaches near St. Stefan are divided into the public on the left side with a rental of sun loungers and private, on the right side, intended only for hotel guests. Near the island is the Queen´s Beach, Beach Milocer and Villa Milocher (Villa Miloćer). It is located in the beautiful public botanical park of Milocer, near the town of the same name. Previously, this villa was the summer residence of the ruling Karadordevic dynasty. In the 1930s, it became the summer residence of King Nikola, and already in the days of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito rested here. Currently, "Milocer" is the official holiday destination of the President of Montenegro, respectively, the rest here is not cheap. Surrounded by pine forest, this truly chic resort is famous primarily for its beach.The Queen's beach, 120 meters long, was named due to the fact that it appealed to Maria Karadordevic in a special way. It is located in a small picturesque bay and is considered the best on the Budva Riviera. Unfortunately, only guests of the hotel can enjoy it - this is the only closed beach on the Montenegrin coast. Near the Queen’s beach there is beach Milocer. It stretches for almost 300 m, is in a park zone and is surrounded by exotic plant species, among which there are Lebanese cedar, Japanese medlar, various kinds of cactus and tropical mimosa. On this beach can accommodate both hotel guests and all comers, paying an unreasonably high fee for two beds and an umbrella. Sveti Stefan Island is a unique creation of nature and human hands, attracting travelers from all over the world. A small island built up with houses with bright tiled roofs and a connected with the mainland marrow isthmus is a visiting card of Montenegro.How to get to St. Stephen Island? There are several ways to get to Sveti Stefan Island:  • on foot: the road to the island of Sveti Stefan lies along the Budva embankment, through the tunnel to Becici village then to Rafailovici, Kamenovo beach, Milocer park and only after it the long-awaited island (about 1.5-2 hours);  • By public transport: a bus or "shuttle bus" to St. Stephen Island runs every 15 minutes. From Budva, Becici or Rafailovici;  • on your own or rented car;  • book an excursion to the island;  • by boat from the embankment of Budva, Bar, Sutomore, Petrovac and other coastal cities of Montenegro (price is 3-5 euros).Why is St. Stephen's Island in Montenegro worth visiting? Very quickly developed island infrastructure can surprise any visitor: there are not only comfortable hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes, but also beauty salons, shopping and entertainment center and even an art gallery. But above all, the island is equipped for a beach holiday: you can sunbathe on the pinkish sand, have a go at diving or go out to the open sea on a rented yacht. Among entertainment on the island, there are also offered a variety of excursions to the sights of Montenegro itself, as well as to Albania, Italy and Croatia. All these pleasures are quite expensive - from two thousand euros per night - so the island is especially popular with wealthy tourists and celebrities. Such celebrities as Elizabeth Taylor, Sofi Loren, Kirk Douglas, and even members of the British royal family rested there. It's not just luxury: the island resort is closed, which means that those who do not rent apartment here, cannot stay on the territory of Sveti Stephen (excursions permitted). Thus, this resort can provide not only qualitative service and comfort, but also a certain privacy. Those who are eager to see the island without such large expenses, can try to order a table in one of the restaurants on the island. The island of St. Stephen is a anthem to the luxury holiday by the sea in the atmosphere of the Middle Ages, which is worth, if not renting the room, but at least going there on excursion to touch the history.  
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    The Island-hotel of Saint Stephen, Montenegro
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    The old town of Herceg Novi and its attractions. The old district of Herceg Novi differs from most other Montenegrin old towns such as Kotor, Budva, Bar, surrounded by walls and full of shops, cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops for tourists inside. The town is not one whole, protected by walls, urban area, and consists of a number of architectural objects and many houses built at different times and at different hosts, but united in the same area in the central part of the town. The old town of Herceg Novi can be called more real and alive - normal, steady urban life is preserved there, and locals still live in small cozy courtyards. For connoisseurs of the ancient architecture, the old town of Herceg Novi is a window into the Middle Ages. Archaeological excavations indicate that the settlement existed in this area even in ancient times. The documentary sources, Herceg Novi was first mentioned in 1382 - then the Bosnian king Tvrtko I built a fortress, which called Sveti Stefan (Sveti Stefan in Montenegrin, or San Stefano - Italian style). It was the governor, who praised Bay as a great place for the Navy and shipbuilding. After the death of the King, the castle was first retrocede to Prince Sandal Hranic, and then to his nephew - the Duke Stefan Vukic. During his rule, the settlement was granted a city status and its current name (word "Herceg" appeared in the name because of the title of Vukic). In 1482 the Turks captured the city. The power of the Ottoman Empire lasted for nearly two centuries, apart from a short break in 1538 - 1539's, when the city was ruled by the Spaniards. In 1688 the city was conquered by the Spaniards and it is included in the Venetian Republic, called Castelnuovo, i.e. a "New Town" or "New Fortress". In the late 18th century, the city briefly fell under Austrian rule. From 28.02.1806 to 12.08.1807, the city belonged to Russia, and then, according to Treaties of Tilsit, it was given to France. In 1813 the Montenegrins managed to recapture the city, but just a year later Austria-Hungary was able to bring it back under its influence, and almost a century, Herceg Novi was a part of the Dalmatian Kingdom. In 1918, troops of Serbian army liberated all the cities of the gulf, and then Herceg Novi shared the fate of the rest of the coast – merged in Yugoslavia. After its collapse, the city became a part of Montenegro. During its long history, this unique city repeatedly passed from hand to hand and was in Turkish (Ottoman Empire), France, Spain, Austria, Venice and even the Russian Empire possession. That is why Herceg Novi is a collection of various architectural styles and bears the marks of each of those cultures. In addition, each of the new rulers and conquerors strived for making the city as impregnable as possible and protecting their possessions, building additional fortifications, citadels and fortresses. For this reason, today, the old town of Herceg Novi is, first and foremost, a city of fortresses, which became a real decoration and attraction of the Montenegrin city and define its appearance, delivering unique features and bringing to its walls many tourists from all over the world.On the territory of the old town of Herceg Novi is a huge number of attractions, monuments and objects of cultural heritage. Many of these historical monuments deserve special attention. For example, one of the main symbols of the city is the clock tower "Sahat Kula" or "Sat Kula", which translates as "Clock Tower". It was built in 1667, during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, by Turkish Sultan Mahmud and it served at the time as a main entrance to the city of Herceg Novi. In addition, decorated with several mechanical clock on several sides, it showed all citizens the time of daily Muslim prayers. Until recently, it was an old mechanical clock, winding up by using heavy weights. But in 1995 it was replaced by new, electronic one - a gift from the Serbian twin town - Zemun. Later, in 1850, already with the Venetians, the tower was rebuilt and modified slightly - a top part was completed in pseudo Romanesque style. They also gave it a new name - Tora, which, by the way, did not stick. Inside the tower, there is unique bas-relief, work of Sarajevo sculptor Afran Hozic, depicting the Virgin Mary under the title "Black Madonna", which is made of old smoked wood. "Black Madonna" is a code name of unusual sculptural and pictorial images of the Virgin Mary with a black face. These statues can be found throughout Europe, but most of them are located in France, where are more than 300 of them.It is the clock tower, that is depicted on the coat of arms of the community. The Clock Tower is located in the Square of Nikola Dzhurkovic. Dzhurkovicha square, which is sometimes called " Clock Square" can be called a historical and cultural center of Herceg Novi. It is by the local architecture and the spirit is a bit like Spain or Italy - there are many cozy cafes, where on weekdays locals leisurely drink coffee with a view of the ancient fortress, as well as read newspapers and talk very actively and noisy on various topics. During festive days, entertainment events, concerts and fairs are hold, as a rule, there. In addition to the clock tower in the town there are two old towers - a "Western tower" located slightly above Sahat-Kula and "Tower of St. Jerome", built in honor of a local hero-liberator Jerome Korner in 1687 after the expulsion of the Turks. It is located on the east side of the old city, and now the city orchestra often performs there. Just beyond the entrance to the old part of town is the main square of the district - the square of Herceg Stefan Vukic, in whose honor the city of Herceg Novi was named. This square during the Venetian rule was also called Belavista, which means "beautiful view". On the square there are several nice outdoor cafes where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or eat a portion or another of delicious ice cream. On the square, there is one of the main city churches - the Orthodox Church of Archangel Michael. The church is relatively new, its construction was started by the Republic of Venice in 1883 and ended in 1911 - at the same time the church and was consecrated. The building is made of carved stone blocks and surrounded by four palm trees. This Orthodox church is a jewel of not only the city of Herceg Novi, but the whole Gulf and Montenegro at all. In the image of the church is closely intertwined Romanesque, Byzantine and Gothic styles, which elevates it to the rank of the most striking monuments of Christian architecture on the Montenegrin coast. In the middle of the square is also a heritage of the Turkish era - drinking fountain Karachi. The fountain was presented to the city by one of the wealthiest locals in the XIX century and has the features of Gothic, Byzantine and Romanesque styles. Stone fountains and cisterns decorated the squares in many cities of the Adriatic coast. "Fountain" is translated as "source, spring of well" from the Latin language. From this so-called fountain (actually water flows out of it only if you open the faucets, which are integrated into the central carved marble column) you can still drink water. Also on the square of Herceg Stefan Vukic, there is a city archive, a library and an antique shop. To the very shore of the bay, a Fortress with a beautiful name "Forte Mare" stretches out, which is translated as Sea Fortress. The date of the construction is considered the bastion building in 1382 and it was intended to protect the city from the sea. According to some reports, facing the bay fortress wall at the time had a special attachment for the mooring for ships approaching to the city. The modern view,the fortress of Forte Mare acquired only in XVII - XVIII centuries under the rule of the Venetian Republic and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. From 1952 to the present days, open-air cinema, as well as discos and concerts are held there. And here you can see not only a good movie, but also enjoy the beautiful views of the bay, the view from the back rows. Pure romance! Near the fortress Forte Mare, on the waterfront is a monument to King Tvrtko I a founder of the city. It was established in October 2013, the day of the municipality of Herceg Novi. The height of the monument is 5, 6 meters, weight is 1.2 tons. Author of the project is a Belgrade sculptor Dragan Dimitrijevic. Near the monument to King, the former building of the railway station is located, because before the railroad was on the waterfront location. Now this house belongs to Emir Kusturica, and inside he opened a bar, a café with a summer terrace, and a top-floor apartment for tourists. Also, there are three cinema halls, but for their main purposes, they have not been used so far - here periodically hosts small art exhibitions and sales. Another local attraction, that has become world famous, is Citadel (Bastion) Kanli Kula - which is translated from Turkish "bloody castle" or "bloody tower". This is a military fortification built by the Ottomans in 1483, due to the tragic history of the city of Herceg Novi. This is explained by the fact that in the XVI century, during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, there was a prison, known for its brutal tortures and murders. But today nothing reminds about tragic events of the past - on the upper terrace of the bastion is a very beautiful summer open-air theater. Spanish rule, which lasted only one year from 1538 to 1539, remained in history as a great and impregnable fortress Spanjola in the northwestern part of the city. Surprisingly, its name is preserved until now and is translated as "The Spanish Fortress", despite the fact that it was only laid by the Spaniards in 1538 and initially a fortress architecture was more like a Church. Its final image fortress acquired during the reign of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans - the Turks further strengthened it, surrounded with high walls with four speakers at the corners round bastions. This construction lasted from 1539 to 1548, and the castle was given a new name - the Upper Town (Gornji grad), which never stuck to it. To find a way here is difficult without a reliable guide, as only narrow streets and stairs of 1000 steps are led to the fortress. But having climbed on them, you will see a beautiful panorama of the city and bay. We cannot ignore another coastal fortress - Venetian Citadel (Citadela), which is undoubtedly the pride and decoration of the city of Herceg Novi. Citadela Fortress was built during the rule of Venetian Republic and with its help, rulers strived to protect the city from the sea. However, in the era of the Ottomans and the Austrians it was significantly modified. In the XVI century, bastion was given the name "Unshakable Tower."  Unfortunately, the Citadel was almost completely destroyed during the earthquake in 1979, and today only ruins left. Also, a must visit place for every tourist is an ancient monastery Savina. This building of the XI century is considered to be the Orthodox soul of Boka-Kotor Bay by locals. The date of the construction of the monastery is considered to be in 1030. The complex consists of two churches and monastic cells complex. One of the original buildings, that have survived to this day, is the small Church of the Assumption, decorated with frescoes. Big Assumption Church holds all the property of Montenegro – a miraculous icon of Savinskaya Mother of God, the celebration of which falls on 28 August. Also, there is a crystal cross in a silver frame of Saint Sava, and a portrait of the young Peter the Great, brought from Russia in 1831, in the monastery. There are several art galleries, National History Museum, the Maritime Museum, a public library, where you can find a lot of valuable and interesting books, and a historical city archives on the territory of the old town of Herceg Novi. The exhibits of rich historical events, life in the region, as well as over 30,000 interesting documents, access to which is open, are stored at the museum of local history. Since the historic square of Herceg Novi is located on an incline, it is full of winding streets and lots of stairs. Herceg Novi is even sometimes called "the city of a thousand steps". Therefore, walking in the Herceg-Novi, especially if you want to explore all its attractions, can be a real test for your endurance. The old town of Herceg Novi in Montenegro is a small, but very cozy - narrow streets, red-tiled roofs, old houses in different styles with green shutters and a variety of flowers and plants, will bring you a complete delight!  
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    The Old Town Herceg Novi in Montenegro
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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). 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.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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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    Prokletije Mountains (Prokletije) is a unique mountain range, full of attractions and pristine natural beauty, which is located in the National Park Prokletije. Prokletije Mountain or Balkan Alps (Albanian Bjeshket e Nemuna, Montenegrin - Prokletije) - is a huge mountain range, which is located on the Balkan Peninsula. He is one of the most neglected and rather mysterious sights in Montenegro. The name of the massif, as you might guess, it is literally translated as "cursed mountains." The name of this place makes involuntarily thinking about the bizarre associations in the style of fantasy: the mountains of the Curse, keeping the mystical treasures in its bosom, which can be found only by a select few. These peaks can be conquered only by the most courageous braves. In addition, the Prokletije Mountains is called the Balkan Alps or North Albanian Alps, the similarity of shape and the strange fact that at a relatively low altitude (up to 2.5 km) in their narrow gorges almost all year round snow tongues are stored.   "To this land, through which for centuries caravans passed to Constantinople, nature has been truly generous. Streams, fast mountain rivers, about twenty caves and mountain peaks, among which Zla Kolata, the highest mountain peak in Montenegro, the height of which is 2.534 m above sea level "  director of Plav Tourist Organization Huso Brdakich Prokletije Mountain range is located in the border area of the three countries: Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo, but most of it is still in Albania. It is located at quite a distance from such famous Montenegrin resort places such as Budva, Petrovac, Kotor and Tivat. Around the mountains such settlements as: Pec, Djakovica (Kosovo), Bajram Curri (Albania), Podgorica (the capital of Montenegro and the largest city) and village Gusine, as part of the Republic of Montenegro, are arranged there. The picturesque mountain Prokletije system is located in the Dinaric Alps, in the southern part and extends in a direction from east to west over a distance of about 100 kilometers. In Montenegro, the mountain is considered to be the beginning of the north-western terminus of the Skadar Lake. The southern slopes of the tributaries dehydrogenate from Drin River north - tributaries of Lima and the north-western - tributaries of the Moraca River. Before the arrival of the Slavs in these places, here lived the Illyrians and there is also evidence that the Greeks and Romans visited these places. The first traces of man in these lands belong to the seventh century BC – it is confirmed, for example, by a drawing of a deer hunter (Iron Age) in the cave Grebaje, ten kilometers from Gusinje . This cave is one of the three existing in Montenegro caves with ancient drawings, located at an altitude of 1300 meters above sea level, in a remote place. A bit later drawing on a stone block was found on the mountain Popadija, not far from the abandoned summer pastures Valusnica. It depicts the struggle of men and women with a wolf, that attacked their child. It is assumed that this image, called the "Great Mother" (Magna mater), was created in the middle of the Bronze Age, 600 years BC. The highest peak of the mountain system Prokletije is mountain Jezerca, the maximum height of which reaches 2692 meters above sea level. Among the other peaks of the mountain range it is also possible to note the following: Radohina (2570 m.), Dzheravitsa (2556 m, the highest point in Kosovo.) Shkelzeni (2407 m), Tromeda (2366 m). The slopes of the mountains Prokletije strongly dissected and up to altitudes of 1700-1800 meters above sea level, covered with centuries-old relict trees: oak, beech, maple, chestnut, fir and pine; and above these heights there are mountain pastures (Katun) and vast, picturesque Alpine meadows, which in some places are covered with snow. The Prokletije is supported by a special microclimate, which is due to the fact, that there is snow in its gorges even in the hottest summer days. The massif is composed of limestone, dolomite and shale, karst is also widespread there. The depth of the massif Prokletije hides many of these natural treasures: amazing glacial lakes, stunning scenery, swift waterfalls, which are among the stone walls carry their water, and clear springs. One of the main attractions of this region are considered to be Plav Lake and Hridskoje lake. Plav Lake is the largest among all the glacial lakes in Montenegro. It lies at an altitude of 907 meters above sea level. To date, this body of water is considered to be one of the most popular places of eco-tourism, as well as a real Mecca for fishing fans. In Montenegro, there are no fountains, in which, according to the tradition a coin is thrown, make a wish ... Instead, in the mountains of Prokletije there is Hridskoje lake. It is also called the "Lake of happiness," as it is believed that bathing in it gives beauty, health, love and a lot of children. To make the wish come true, after swimming in the lake you need to throw some jewel or a precious thing. Although it is at a decent height, more than 1,800 meters above sea level, in the north-western side of Prokletije, but still it’s not difficult to reach the lake from Plav and Gusinje. Its length is 300 meters and a width is about 160. In summer, the lake depth is about five meters, and in the rest of the year is much deeper due to heavy rains and melting snow. In winter it covered with thick layer of ice. There is a variety of mythical legends and stories about the lake. One of them tells that it is created by gods, and presented it to the forest fairies to enjoy a swim. When people discovered the lake, the fairies had to leave it, and the gods in anger and sadness became to deliver thunders in the surrounding mountains, and cursed them, turning it into bare peaks. Since then, the mountains, according to legend, were named Prokletije, but the lake is left with clean, clear, healthy water. The other local legend has it, that once an avid trader of Plav heard about the miraculous lake, and secretly, at night went to the lake to collect all the jewels and pearls, which rested on its bottom. When he collected the treasure, and began to count them, by the glitter of gold and silver against the moonlight, he became blind. Mortally frightened merchant began to sob loudly, and his sobs echoed through the mountains. Since then, the lake has been called "Hridskoje". Prokletije Mountains are adorned by other beautiful mountain lakes - Rukavicko, Bukumirsko, Ropojansko, Tatarijsko, Kolindarsko, Gardacko and a dozen of smaller lakes. With the exception of Plav Lake, the others are typical example of a natural phenomenon, received poetic name "mountain eyes". There are a lot of springs with crystal clear mountain water here. Some of them, such as the well-known sources of Ali Pasha, not far from Gusinje, are of particular value and attractiveness for tourism.   "Never until now I have not felt so much beauty of nature, the warmth and hospitality of the local people, in these mountainous regions. There, under the tall mountain peaks, everything is fine and mysterious. This nature does not exist anywhere in the world "  Ana Lisa (well-known journalist and publicist, employee of the London-based publisher "Bradt Travel Guides) Also, at the foot of the massif, a monastery Visoki Dečani is located on the territory of Kosovo, which stores unique ancient frescoes. Prokletije Mountain range, in addition to the above is also a paradise for all those, who truly appreciate active rest. Especially for those, who like climbing and paragliding, who come to Montenegro for extreme relaxation.  
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     Trnovacko Lake is the most romantic and "loving" place of Montenegro. This is a small freshwater mountain lake (length-825 m, width-713 m, maximum depth 9 m) is located at an altitude of 1517 metres above sea level, in the Durmitor National Park, in the north-west part of Plužine town-council on the border with Bosnija and Hercegovina, at the foot of Maglić, Volujak and Bioč mountains. It is really difficult to get to the lake. But it cannot stop numerous romantic natures to overcome every difficulty and get to the heart of Montenegro literally. To get there, you need about six hours to cross over many high mountains and steep paths. But the view is worth of it. Water of the lake gradually changes its color from transparent to deep bright blue-green. There are huge tall mountain peaks of Dinaric Alps around the lake.  It is located 1517 above sea level, the length is 825m, the width is 713m and maximum depth is 9m. Trnovačko lake is glacial one, that is why it freezes in winter. And the peaks around are covered with thick snow layer. In order not to be lost and get successfully to the lake, you can find special hiking tours.
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    Trnovacko lake - the heart of Montenegro
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    Drugi po veličini kanjon u Crnoj Gori koji se karakteriše strmim obalama - Kanjon reke Morača.Reka Morača je najveća pritoka Skadarskog jezera. Kanjon izgleda kao da sastoji od dva dela: ravnog, koji se uliva u jezero opštine Podgorica i planinskog koji počinje na severnom delu Crne Gore kod planine Ržača. Tačno na planinskom delu svog toka reka je probila u stenama kanjon dubine do 1000 m, koji se odlikuje strmim obalama, ali zahvaljujući glavnom putu koji se proteže duž njega, odlično je poznat većini turista. Lokacija: kanjon se nalazi u srednjem delu toka reke Morača pre njenog izlaza na Zetsku ravnicu, na teritoriji opština Podgorice i Kolašina. Dužina reke Morača je više od 100 km, a kroz planinski kanjon se proteže samo 30 km u srednjem delu reke i reže kllisuru koja se sastoji od vertikalnih krastovih stena. U delu Tisovog vrha koji je najdublji u kanjonu, dubina kanjona je oko 1000 m. Kanjon reke Tare ima veću dubinu, ali kanjon reke Morača ima strmije obale. Reka Morača je prilično opasna u nekim delovima jer u vreme polava brzina protoka može biti veća od 100 km/s, pored toga je i dovoljno krupna, retko kad njena širina je oko 100 m a dubina nije veća od 5 m.Jako je zanimljiva činjenica da bez obzira na visoku opasnost, je glavni magistralni put koji se proteže od primorja Crne Gore do severnog dela države i Srbije. Taj put vredi proći jer je prelep, a pejzaže koje pruža su izvanredni i neverovatni.Na obali kanjona se nalazi jedna od najpoznatijih znamenitosti Crne Gore – starinski manastir Morača koji je osnovan 1252. godine. Obično kada turisti prolaze kroz kanjon obavezno posećuju taj manastir. Takođe mnogi ribolovci dolaze na pecanje na obalu, jer je Morača bogata ribom.  
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    Convent Zdrebaonik located near the town of Danilovgrad, 17 km from the Ostrog monastery. The name of the monastery comes from the word "zdravie" that in the Slavic language means "Church estate, property." There are several versions of who founded the monastery - Prince Vukan of Zeta, son of Prince Stefan, king Milutin. But in any case, all converge in the opinion that the founder was someone from the representatives of the dynasty nemanjic, and that the Foundation of the monastery should be attributed to the 13th-14th centuries. In those days the monastery was metham (slave) of the monastery Moraca. The main temple, consecrated in honor of St. Michael the Archangel, erected in 1818 on the foundations of an ancient temple from the times of the nemanjic. The monastery complex consists of a Church, a large hospice house and several smaller buildings that were used as classrooms. The Church of St. Archangel Michael built in typical Montenegrin style churches - hewn sturdy grey stone. The Church altar is decorated with the Holy see, in the middle is the main icon created by the monks of Svyatogorsk. In 1819 the monastery was built two-storey Konak (hospice). Now live in it about ten nuns and the prioress. In the monastery icon workshop. In 1856, the monastery keeps relics of Saint Arsenios of Simca. He was the second Archbishop and successor of Saint Sava - the founder of the Serbian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The relics of this Saint many miracles and healings. Between 1884 and 1914, these relics were stored elsewhere in the monastery Kosijerevo, but then returned to Zdrebaonik. In addition to the relics of Saint Arsenios here lie the relics of the Holy Martyr Fevronia. The Church of St. Michael the Archangel is a classic for Montenegrin temples structure with straight flat walls and semi-circular altar jog. Inside the temple there is a balcony for the choir, an altar with icons of Arsenius, and St. Sava, as well as a case, with the imperishable relics. In addition to the Church in the monastery complex included a large hospice, built in 1819, as well as a number of new buildings — a refectory, a library and an icon workshop. Since 1994, the monastery Zdrebaonik is a female Orthodox monastery belonging to the Montenegrin-coastal Metropolitan of the Serbian Orthodox Church.  
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    The fortress of Grmozur, among the inhabitants of the region of Crmnica, known as the "Snake Island" is one of the many military-historical sites that have remained since the Montenegrin-Turkish confrontation. It was built relatively late, compared to other Turkish fortresses in this region, however, it managed to play a significant role both in the military conflict itself and after its end. The fortress is located on the island of the same name Grmozúr near the village of Godinje, the municipality of Bar, in the northwestern part of Skadar Lake. The fortification was built by the Turks in 1843 after they captured neighboring fortresses - Vranjina, Lesendro and Zabljak. The erection of another Fort Grmozur allowed the Ottoman Empire to organize an extended fortified line consisting of several fortresses and extend its influence to a significant part of Skadar Lake. The fortress has an area of about 430 m² and is surrounded by stone walls 50-120 cm thick. The fortress building is divided into two parts, each of which has its own door. On the perimeter there are defensive towers. In 1878, the fortress was captured by Montenegrin troops, and in the same year, King Nicolas I ordered the establishment of a prison on a fortified island. At first, the killers and other hardened criminals served their sentence here. But from the beginning of the twentieth century, political prisoners also appeared in it, for example, Belgrade students who committed an attempt on King Nicolas I. A strict rule was imposed in the prison - in the event of the escape of any of the prisoners, the guilty security guard took their place. Nevertheless, for all time of its existence, one prisoner managed to escape - he used the prison doors as a raft to swim to the shore. In 1905, a strong earthquake damaged a part of the walls and the tower of the prison, after which the fortress of Grmozur was abandoned. Now it is in a dilapidated state, trips by boats and ships are often organized for curious tourists who are interested in the historical sights of Montenegro.  
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    The city of Pljevlja is in the northern part of Montenegro, in the picturesque valley of the rivers Cehotina and Brznica. It borders with Zabljak, Bijelo Polje, Mojkovac, as well as with Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city covers an area of 1346 km2 and is located at an altitude of 770 m above sea level, the highest point of the municipality is Ljubisnja Mountain (2238 m), the lowest one is the Tara River Canyon (529 m).   History of the city Before the invasion of the Greeks in the first century BC, Illyrian tribes lived here. On the ruins of the old city, the Greeks founded the city, which became the cultural center of Dalmatia. On its ruins were found many values: jewelry, glass and ceramic vases. In the VI c. the Slavs conquered these territories, and the town of Bereznica appeared. The city received its name after the river, which flows through the city. Later Bereznica became one of the main cities of the Serbian state Raska. Through the city passed the main road from Dubrovnik, Trieste and Kotor to Constantinople, Sarajevo and Belgrade. In 1338 the first customs house was opened here. Its current name, the town of Pljevlja has been from the 14th century. According to historians, the city received its name in honor of the fertility of the soil of the territory of the monastery, on which crops were grown. Two centuries later, the city was conquered by the Turks and renamed Taslidzh. During their reign, water and sewage systems were built here, mosques, fountains and gardens appeared. In 1569, the Hussein Pasha Mosque was built, which is a masterpiece of eastern architecture. In 1878, Pljevlja was under the siege of Austria, an army of 5000 soldiers with women and children entered the city. During the reign of the Austrians, Pljevlja was turned into a modern western city with hotels, bookstores and a theater. The first modern pharmacy, a photo studio, a hospital, a brewery were opened. In 1913, the city became part of the Kingdom of Montenegro, and after the First World War - a part of the Yugoslav Kingdom. After World War II, since 1945, it is a part of Montenegro. Pljevlja is also one of the main driving forces of Montenegro economy. There is a power station, deposits of coal, lead and zinc in this area. The city has well-developed woodworking industry, agriculture and cheese production. In this region there is a large number of forests, which contributes to the development of ecological and winter tourism. It is Pljevlja, that has the only power station in the country that provides half the population with electricity. Want to try the famous Pljevlja cheese, considered a delicacy? Then head to this beautiful city with every reason.   Sights The city of Pljevlja is strongly interwoven with the Islamic and Christian religions. The symbols of the city are two cultural, historical and archaeological monuments: the Monastery of the Holy Trinity and the Hussein Pasha mosque. For several centuries the Holy Trinity Monastery was one of the main centers of spiritual, educational and cultural life in the northern part of Montenegro. This was especially evident during the years of Turkish rule. The exact date of the construction of the monastery was not preserved, but it can be attributed to different sources by the 15th century. A documented mention of it is found in the annals of 1537. The monastery acquired its present outlines in the 16th century and, with all subsequent changes, tried not to violate its traditional appearance. The Church of the Holy Trinity was built in the 16th century by the abbot of the monastery Vissarion. The main church of the monastery is decorated with rich jagged carving, typical for the architectural style of Raska. This one-nave church with a large porch. The painting of the walls was made by one of the most famous Balkan masters, Strahinja Budimljanin. For several centuries there existed workshops for books rewriting. Each of these folios, equipped with illustrations of monastery icon painters, was a real work of art. Some of them, as well as rare copies of the first prints, are still stored here. In addition to the literary treasures in the temple there is a magnificent collection of icons, expensive old church utensils and many other priceless shrines. To reach the working monastery, located about two kilometers from Pljevlja, is easy. From the city to it is laid a convenient footpath. Monks are glad to all visitors, and pilgrims to holy places from different countries often stop to spend the night or rest in a hospitable monastery. Perhaps the most significant monument that has remained since the time of the Ottoman Empire is the Hussein Pasha Mosque built in the 16th century. The mosque was built between 1573 and 1594. It was named in honor of Hussein Pasha Boljanic, born in the village Boljanic near Pljevlja and gained the authority of the Turks with his activity in Constantinople. He also acted as the main contributor of this construction. For the erection of the mosque, gray unprocessed stone was used, which was then decorated with small ornament. The square base is crowned on four columns by a large dome in the center and three small on the sides. The mosque has 25 windows. On the south side there is a minaret with a height of 42 m, it appeared here in 1911 on the site of the former one, destroyed by lightning. This is the highest minaret in the Balkans. The interior of the mosque is rich and beautifully decorated - the walls and vault are painted in classic Turkish style with floral patterns and phrases from the Koran, this is one of the best works of Islamic calligraphy of the 16th century. The floor of the mosque is decorated with an original carpet of 1573, made by order from quilted leather in Egypt, its size is 10x10 meters. Today, Hussein Pasha mosque houses many valuable books and ancient manuscripts, for example, a 18 century Koran in leather binding of 233 pages, complete Arabic script and decorated with 352 gold-plated miniatures.   What to see in the vicinity of the city? Near the city of Pljevlja there are excavations of an ancient Roman settlement. According to the documents it is called Municipum S. It is believed that in size this settlement was second one only after Duklia. On the right bank of the Tara River canyon, near the village of Premcani in the municipality of Pljevlja, there is the Dovolja monastery. The medieval monastery Dovolja, together with other monasteries of this region, has long been the spiritual center of northern Montenegro, and in the 19th century it was completely destroyed as a result of the struggle of the Montenegrin people for independence against the power of the Ottoman Empire. The monastery has been destroyed and rebuilt several times in its history. In 1804 the monastery was robbed and burnt by Turkish troops, in 10 years the monastery was rebuilt, but in 1857 the Turks again destroyed it. In the seventies of the XIX century the monastery Dovolja was rebuilt. Finally the monastery was destroyed in 1875, it happened during the uprising of Herzegovina, by the efforts of the Turks, it was almost wiped off from the face of the earth, and a major fire in 1886 completed the destruction of the monastery. At the beginning of the 20th century, the remains of the monastery became the subject of research by historians. In 1934 the journal of the Serbian Scientific Society published a detailed study of the monastery of Dovolja. Committee for the reconstruction of the monastery complex was founded in 1998. After 150 years of desolation in 2002, the monastery bell resounded here, and in 2008 the Assumption Church was consecrated. And today the working male monastery of Dovolja belongs to the Milesevski diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The town of Pljevlja is partially located in the territory of the Durmitor National Park, which is famous for its natural wealth. The main tourist sites of Durmitor are the Black Lake located in its highest part, around which there is a park with paths, you can walk and ride a bicycle, you can also just sit on a bench by the lake, admiring the surrounding nature, or take a water trip on a rented boat; This is the Mlinsky stream, surrounded by ancient fir and spruce forests; It is Crna Poda, a grove of rare black pines, many of which are over 400 years old and over 50 m long; This is the canyon of the Tara River, the second largest in the world and the deepest in Europe, with the grandiose Djurdjevic Bridge; this is Ice Cave, lying at an altitude of 2180 m, within which nature has created a whole kingdom of stalagmites and stalactites; This is the highest point of the country Bobotov Kuk, to which climbing tours are organized in the summer, and climbing is available even for beginners and takes about 10 hours, from the height of this mountain in good weather you can see the Lovcen mountain range located off the coast in another part of the country.   How to get to the city? There is a bus service to the city. You can see the schedule by clicking on the link. If you prefer to travel by car, you can rent a car. The surrounding nature and preserved historical monuments create good conditions for recreation in this region, as well as more winter types of tourism.  
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    Town of Plevlja, Montenegro
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    Town-fortress Medun is situated in 13 km from Podgorica. At the beginning of III - end of IV centuries BC town Medun (or Meteon) was one of the main settlements of Illyrian tribe, who ruled the entire area of Skadar Lake basin. This fortress was of great strategic importance, from a high cliff, on which the fortifications were built, the territory in the direction of Podgorica and Tsemovskoe field was clearly-visible. In structure of modern historical-cultural complex Medun, in addition to the remains of the Illyrian fortress, includes the Church of St. Nicholas of the XVIII century and native house of governor Marco Milyanov, which now is arranged as a memorial museum. Marco Milyanov is a famous Montenegrin soldier and writer, one of the most well-known national heroes. He was born in the village of Medun in 1833.
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    Tivatska Solila - a unique natural bird sanctuary, which is located on the site of the former salt pans.. It is located near Tivat, between the airport Tivat and the peninsula Lustica. People come here to observe waders, including such unusual for these places, like pink flamingos or Javanese cormorants. On the territory special paths are made for visitors. It is recommended to arm with a good pair of binoculars before visiting this place, as the birds nest and feed away from the tourist paths. If you come without binoculars, do not worry: you will be able to admire and make beautiful pictures of amazing local salt marshes. In the future, the Montenegrin authorities are planning to convert this reserve in the ornithological park that will attract there even more tourists.Tivatska Solila - is the place where in the Middle Ages salt was collected, which was worth more than gold. The salt was formed from the evaporation of sea water and settled in special earthen ramparts. According to the extant historical sources in 1425, all Solila was divided into 109 plots, 24 of which belonged to the Metropolitan Zetas, 27 - to residents of Lustica, 10 – to residents of Dzhurashevichi village, 32 - to the town of Kotor and 16 - to Kotor noble families. Salt marshes were usually an "apple of discord" between neighboring countries, we are aware of several wars between Kotor and Croatian Dubrovnik for the right to dispose the salt revenues. When the salt marshes were no longer used for its intended purpose, they were chosen by migratory birds. Of the 111 species of birds that can be seen here, only 4 species live in Tivatska Solila constantly. Data on types of local residents are not static, and change every year. The most valuable items of Salila are a crane, sea hawk, snipe, greater flamingo and the Javanese Cormorant. This biodiversity makes Tivatska Solila a perfect place to observe birds. Besides birds in Salila live 14 species of rare amphibians and reptiles, 3 of which are threatened species.The territory of salt marshes was declared a conservation area in 2007.  
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    Botanical Park Tivatska Solila 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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    St. George Island is located in the municipality of Kotor, near the town of Perast in Boka Bay. The island has a natural origin. In historical documents Abbey on the island was first mentioned in 1166, when it went into the possession of the ancient Kotor and used for control of the city of Perast. However, the architecture of the temple buildings, where the ancient fragments are preserved shows that the abbey was built much earlier in the IX century. There is almost nothing left from the old church of St. George - the island was constantly bombed by invaders, as well as the earthquake in 1667 destroyed the ceiling and the apse. The island is a burial place of famous captains of Perast, so the tombstones of churchyard contains unique heraldic emblems. Today, the picturesque island of St. George is a landmark of Kotor bay, tourists often travel there by boat, many boats make a stop near the island.  
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    Saint George island in Montenegro

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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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    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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    Dobrec beach (Dobreč plaža) is a small gravel beach, 70 meters long. It is located in the bay. Those who like private space will enjoy the beach. Since it can be reached only by boat or sea taxi, it is uncrowded. Besides beauty and privacy, there are all conveniences: sun loungers, umbrellas, changing rooms, shower, WC, pier, cafes and sea rescue service.  
    Dobrec beach
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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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    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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    Queen´s Beach is the main beach of Milocer and one of the most beautiful beaches on Adriatic seashore.
    Queen´s Beach in Montenegro
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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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    Jaz Beach is the one of the most popular beaches in Montenegro. Madonna and RollingStones gathered concerts here. There are tourists all over the globe. The most popular tourist guide LonelyPlanet put Jaz top 10 Europe beaches after last year visit SeaDance2015.Jaz is located 3 km from Budva. One can get to the beach by a car or by bus. Near the beach, there is a spacious free parking. There are special places for a picnic and camping and free access to the beach. To rent a set of sun loungers and an umbrella costs approximately 3-7 Euros per day.The length of the beach is 2,5 km. It is surrounded by hills from all the sides and consists of two beaches, one is gravel (300 meters) and the second is sand (500 meters). The gravel beach has rocky bottom, which comes to a sandy one.Pay attention that the rest of the territory is for the nudists. 
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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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