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    Petrovac is the second largest and most popular city of the Budva Riviera, which is famous for its flat beach of fine pebbles and mild healing climate. It is located on the shore of a small picturesque bay and is an amphitheater of mini-hotels, villas and cottages, built on the hillside, overgrown with pine and olive.
    The coast of Petrovac
     

    The history of the city.
     

    A long time ago (around the 3rd century), here was the Roman settlement of Lastia, first mentioned in "The Chronicle of the pope of Duklianin," dating back to the mid-12th century. However, its current name Petrovac it got only in the XX century: after the First World War, it was renamed in honor of King Peter I of Karageorgievich, and before that was called Castel Lastva - in honor of the built in the 16th century. The Venetian fortress of Castio or Castello.
     

    The attractions of the city Petrovac.


    Castello fortress is located on surprisingly layered rocks, the fortress was the site of the Venetian garrison and included the building of the Lazareth, and now it is a place for various entertainment events: discos, concerts, etc. The top terrace offers a wonderful view of Petrovac, and next to Castio there is a pier with which you can go on a small cruise on the coastal waters. Above the fortress there is an obelisk erected in memory of the soldiers who died during the Second World War.
    Fortress Castello
    Particularly beautiful Petrovac is in the evening, when lights and illumination of the whole embankment are turned on, an incredibly cozy and romantic atmosphere of the Adriatic coast appears.
    Petrovac in the evening
     

    What to see in the vicinity?


    Just 1 km from the coast there are 2 stone islands - Sveta-Nedelja and Katicj. Nature bizarrely placed them on one line, like a Japanese rock garden: if you look from the center of Petrovac, you cannot see both islands - one closes the other. On the island of Sveta-Nedelja there is the church of the same name, which, according to legend, was erected by a sailor who miraculously survived on these rocks after the shipwreck. The ringing of her bells can be heard even on the beach of Petrovac.

    Lifehack: to have a look at the Church of the Holy Week closer, rent a boat or catamaran and safely sail to the islands – close they are even more beautiful.
    Islands near Petrovac
    And not far from Petrovac, in the village Buljarica, there is the monastery Gradiste (Manastir Gradište). You can reach it by taxi, by car, or on foot, it will take almost an hour. The Hradiště monastery is located on the top of the mountain and from there you can enjoy a stunning view of the sea. The monastery was founded during the reign of Nemaci. The first mention of it appeared a little later in the 16th century. Despite the fact that the monastery is very small, it is known for its fresco paintings. And it is significant that here was written the first Serbian alphabet, which in 1597 was published in Venice. This primer was written by the monks Stephen of Pastrovic and Inok Sava, the Devacan monk, also from Pastrovici. The monastery received its name due to the fact that in ancient times in its place there were residential buildings, which were called "gradzevine." Hence the name Gradishte - Gradište. And many tourists, despite the small size of the monastery, speak with warmth of it.

    The monastic complex consists of three churches, a cell building and a cemetery. The Church of St. Sava was built in the XIX century. On the ruins of the church of the same name. This one-nave building of red and white stone with a belfry with three bells.
    Hradiště monastery
    In the center of the monastery there is the church of St. Nicholas, built in the late 16th century. And is famous for its carved iconostasis. The building has a semicircular apse and belfry. Near the cemetery there is the smallest monastery church - the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This characteristic building of rural church architecture was built in 120 year. One of its iconostasis depicts a saint with an donkey head - according to some interpretations, St. Christopher was unusually beautiful, but prayed to God to make him ugly.
     

    Beaches of Petrovac.


    In the city of Petrovac there are only two beaches, the total length of which is 600 meters. At the end of the promenade is a tall hill with a metal tower on the top. Behind it there are the most beautiful beaches - Lučice (plaža Lučice) and Bularica (plaža Buljarica), and people, who know, prefer them. A direct road to the Lučice beach runs through a rather high hill along a narrow steep path. You can choose another way, a longer one, but it's safe to go around the hill and follow the road past the football field to the central entrance. The truth is that you cannot enjoy the beautiful views that open from the slopes of the hill.

    The beach of Lučice is more picturesque, the entrance to the water is more convenient there, as the pebbles are similar to sand, while on the main beach there are large stones at the entrance to the water. It is located to the left of the main beach, a comfortable asphalt road leads to it. Just before the entrance to the beach there is a parking, lot for an additional fee you can drive your car directly to the coast and park there.
    Lučice Beach
    It should be noted that the beach of Lučice is as beautiful as it is crowded. You can immediately take a walk further to the beach of Buljarica. This beach is quite long. You will get to the beach from the north side and only this part is mastered. The remaining 1.5 km stretch along the reeds. Nearby there is a place for camping.
    But just north of Petrovac, after passing through a pine forest and a passage in the rock (do not forget to take a flashlight or phone), you will find the fourth - a wild beach, but this is for fans of complete solitude.
    Beach near Petrovac
     

    How to get to the city of Petrovac?


    And from the airport Tivat, and from the airport Podgorica it takes an hour to get to Petrovac. It can be reached by bus or taxi. The bus station is about a kilometer away from the beach, it is easy to find it by signs. From there every 30 minutes, buses go to Budva and Bar (1-3 EUR), about every hour - to Kotor (making stops in Budva, Becici, Tivat, 3-5 EUR), less often - to Podgorica, Cetinje, Niksic, Danilovgrad.

    To Budva or Bar it is convenient to get there by taxi, in one direction it costs about 18-25 EUR. In addition, It is easy to find a car for rent in Petrovac.
     

    Cafes and restaurants in Petrovac.
     

    According to the tradition of all resort seaside settlements, many cafes, restaurants, snack bars, shops and stalls are located on the Petrovac quay. Traditionally for all resort towns, it also distributes corn, donuts and delicious pies. A large burger from a real piece of excellent fried meat on the embankment costs about 2-3 EUR, there are also good pieces of pizza (1,5-2 EUR), ice cream (from 1 EUR for 2 balls). Popular drinks - beer (in a bar from 1,5 EUR) and, of course, wine (for a bottle from 8-10 EUR). There won’t be any problems with the choice of a restaurant in the resort. On the beach of Lučice there is an excellent fish restaurant, which is amazingly picturesque - on the mountainside, overlooking the beach and the sea, fitted in a landscape of pine and rocks. Lunch for two there costs about 30-40 EUR with drinks. In addition, there is one pizzeria, two bars where you can taste pizza and hamburgers. The night life of this city is not stormy, but in the summer there is a club located in Castello fortress, however, it does not make much noise at night.
     

    Hotels in Petrovac


    In this resort city a huge amount of private housing is located - apartments, villas, and various hotels and inns. Most of the hotels offer their guests half board meals - breakfast and dinner, many prefer dining in restaurants, or to grab a bite on the beach.

    Petrovac is surrounded by olive groves and dense pine forests, so the microclimate there is very mild. This city is also ideal for a relaxing holiday, away from all night entertainment of Budva. There are enough restaurants and bars, but about midnight everything becomes silent, and you can enjoy a sound sleep in absolute silence.

     

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    Forte Mare fortress, which means "Sea fortress", stands on the rocks in the southern part of Old Town of Herceg Novi. It is located near the main port of Herceg Novi, on the coast of the Bay of Kotor.

    It is assumed that the first stone was laid here at the end of the XIV century (in 1382) by the Bosnian king Tvrtko I to protect the city from attacks from sea. According to some reports, facing the bay fortress wall at that time had a special attachment for the mooring of ships approaching the city. A monument to the king is still on the waterfront opposite the Maritime Fortress.
    Forte Mare fortress ("Sea fortress") in Herceg Novi, Montenegro.
    This part of the ancient fortifications initiated the founding of the city of Herceg Novi and in the Middle Ages, protected the city of Herceg Novi from attacks. Since then, the castle was rebuilt many times, and its present appearance is already far from the original.

    Until the 18th century, during the Turkish and Venetian rule, the castle had been subjected to renovation and expanded several times - in addition, defensive fortifications were built to the fortress - teeth on the defensive walls and loopholes for guns. In that times, this fortress was called Yak Kula (Jaka Kula) or "Kula Abaspashe", which means "powerful fortress".

    When in the XVII century the town of Herceg Novi came into the possession of the Venetians, a new name of the fortress appeared - Forte Mare, which means Marine Tower (Marine kula).

    In the middle of 19th century, during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, the Austrians again decided to transform the castle. In 1833 a large-scale reconstruction was carried out and at that time the Forte Mare gained its final form, which can be seen today. Multitude of secret passages, manholes and ladders were built in the fortress.

    After the tumultuous events of the first half of the 20th century, it was decided to give a fortress in civil use. In 1952, an open-air theater was built on the territory of the fortress, and began to let the tourists in. Later in its walls discos and concerts of various "stars" began to hold. Now Forte Mare is a famous tourist site, and through the gate in its walls, you can walk straight from the beach to the top of the fortress. If you climb to the upper floors of the fort, a spectacular panoramic view of the city of Herceg Novi, on the surrounding Bay of Kotor, and even the Adriatic Sea will be in front of you.
    Sea Fortress Forte Mare in Herceg Novi, Montenegro.
    How to reach the Marine fortress in Herceg Novi?

    The quickest way to get to the castle is from the Pet Danica promenade. Near the castle is also the main port of the city and an outdoor pool. Fortress by wall one goes straight to the embankment and it can be walked around. To get inside the castle, you need to pay one euro per ticket, which is a cardboard booklet with a brief story about the history of the castle in the English and Serbian languages.

    Currently, the fortress is a symbol of the city of Herceg Novi and historical attractions throughout Montenegro.
     
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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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    The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (Katedrala Svetog Trifuna) in the Old Town of Kotor is a cathedral of the Catholic Diocese of Kotor, built in 1166. Of course, the Cathedral is not quite what it was in the 12th century, as it suffered during the devastating earthquakes in 1667 and 1997, but it still looks grand and impressive. Cathedral is located in the eponymous square in the southern part of Old Kotor and it is a main attraction of this town.

    St. Tryphon cathedral, despite numerous reconstructions, is an outstanding example of Romanesque architecture. Currently, he is taken into custody by UNESCO and is part of the World Heritage site "Natural and Cultural-Historical Region of Kotor".

    It is one of two Catholic cathedrals in Montenegro, along with the cathedral "of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary", located in the town of Bar.

    The building of the cathedral was consecrated on July 19,1166 (building began in 1124) in the name of St. Tryphon, who is considered to be a saint patron of Kotor. Many trials have fallen to the lot of the building; one of the most difficult moments in the history of the temple was a catastrophic earthquake in 1667. It resulted the destruction of the building, so that both bell towers of the cathedral had to be rebuilt. Built of stone, now from the Croatian island of Korcula, the high towers (the height of which are 33 m and 35 m) acquired some characteristics typical to the style of "baroque". Between themselves, they are connected with a wide arch that separates the façade horizontally. At the top of the facade is placed a sufficiently large window - rosette and arch forms itself a portico, located directly above the entrance to the cathedral.

    In 1979, in Montenegro there was another devastating earthquake and the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon was among the damaged facilities. However, by 2003 the reconstruction work carried out by UNESCO, had been completed in the entire city.

    There is a plaque on the facade of the cathedral, installed in 1925 in honor of the millennium, the day of the coronation of the first Croatian king Tomislav.

    The most important value of the cathedral is the relics of St. Tryphon, which rest in the chapel. Here is also a large wooden crucifix, the exact origin of which is unknown.
    Before the construction of the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, there had been an old church on this place, which had been established in 809, by a noble citizen Andriy Saratsenis. According to many sources, it was he, who bought in the IX century the relics of Saint Tryphon from the Venetian merchants, who brought them from Constantinople to Kotor. Later, the church was completely burned during the great fire and the townspeople decided to rebuild the temple in honor of its saint patron, but in a more stately form. By the way, the body of Andrij Saratsenis who presented the relics to the city and the cathedral, also rest in a sarcophagus to right of the main entrance of the building.

    One of the most notable elements of the interior decoration of the temple is a ostensory with a stunning valance, which is a Gothic masterpiece. Four columns of red marble mined in Kamenari, a small town near Kotor, supported by a three-tiered octagonal structure topped with a figure of an angel. On each of the three tiers imprinted in stone carving the scenes from the life of St. Tryphon.
    About St. Tryphon.

    About the St. Tryphon isn’t know much. He is revered in Russia, and especially in Bulgaria. Tryphon was a martyr and a pious man. The first victims of the faith in Christ were Archdeacon Stephen (in his honor named a famous hotel-island Sveti Stefan in Montenegro) and Saint Thecla, and therefore they are called protomartyrs - and Tryphon suffered a little later. During his holy and pure life, Tryphon received from God the ability to heal people and the gift of exorcism, for what he became famous with his contemporaries.

    Tryphon was born in 232, in the village of Kampsady, not far from the town of Apamea of Phrygia on the Meander (internal historical region of Asia Minor, modern Turkey, the city of Dinard. At that time the Roman Empire dominated, and the cult of Mithra (god of the sun) flourished, and the cult of Roman pagan gods, having come from the Greek pantheon was venerated.

    But, in the end, it was Christianity, which completely satisfied a state power, because Mithraism, with its deep Persian roots, despite its great popularity in the Empire, was not suitable for European secular state. That's how the saints and martyrs who once had been persecuted and crucified by the Roman emperors became the firm foundation of a new large-scale state religion, which steadily covered the whole western civilized world, starting to push through into our Slavic land.

     What happened to Tryphon and why he became a holy martyr?

    Born in a simple Christian family from an early age he shepherded geese and other country poultry. The gift of healing declared itself very early. He repeatedly prevented the invasion of locusts and other creatures to their village and gradually became very popular.

    When the Roman Emperor Gordian III (248-244 gg.) had heard about him, he immediately began to search for Tryphon for treatment of his daughter, possessed by a demon, that tormented her mercilessly. Obviously, the father suffered greatly and finally found Tryphon in Phrygia. Tryphon agreed to come to Rome, however, three days before the arrival, demonic spirit had known about Tryphon's arrival, went out in panic from the body of Gordian's daughter. Emperor Gordian accepted Tryphon, who turned at the time only 17 years old and was very interested in his personality, asked to see firsthand that spirit that for so long had been tormented his daughter. In fact, the emperor, likely, wanted to check him out and see whether he really possessed the super-powered abilities. Tryphon agreed and went in prayer and fasting for six days, on the morning of the seventh day showed to the emperor and his synkletos (Supreme Council) that spirit in the form of a black dog with glowing red eyes. And, supposedly, to the Tryphon’s question, why it had moved into his daughter, the spirit replied that since everyone in here were the idolaters, to enter a person didn’t represent for him a great work, and to the question why it had come out of her body, the essence replied, that it could not stay in the body any longer, because Tryphon was true Christian and the demons couldn’t be next to the one, who mentioned the name of Christ and who lived with this name.

    This event was a triumph of Tryphon in the Christian faith, since then, many presentі at this impressive-contact session with the wicked spirit were shocked and later accepted the Christianity. Gordian became too favorable to Christianity and bestowing Tryphon with many gifts, sent him home with gratitude. As a result of that incident, Tryphon became known far beyond his homeland.

    But, unfortunately, the story didn’t not end. After the change of emperors on the throne of the Roman Empire reigned fierce Trajan Decius (249-251), who began serious systemic brutal persecution of Christians. During his reign, countless Christians were killed, many of them, fearing the persecution and torture, turned away in fear from their faith and proned to idolatry (recall that the idols in terms of Christianity, there was Mitra - a god of the sun and the Roman gods). Emperor Decius decreed their bishoprics and hegemon to persecute Christians everywhere and kill them mercilessly if they refused to worship the Roman gods. 

    East viceroy of Emperor Decius – Akilian having received a decree from Decius of mass destruction and persecution of Christians, immediately recalled Tryphon and decided to become famous.

    Tryphon had been warned, but he decided not to hide, he realized that his hour had come, and that now his faith would be subjected to a severe test. By that time, he was already 26, a mature man at that time, whom the people, apparently honored as the Messiah. Tryphon understood that he must pass all the tests, which Jesus once passed and which he had been preaching since his adolescence. Tryphon went to Nicaea, where Akilian was and gave himself up in his hands.

    Akilian made a show trial in the presence of a large number of officials, servants, squires and ordinary people to report to the emperor. Akilian had been asking Tryphon about himself, his beliefs, and finally, referring to the imperial decree, proposed Tryphon to accept the Roman gods and sacrifice to them, and if Trifon fulfilled his commandment, the holy would be released, if not - then he would be executed. Tryphon replied that in his life he followed his own free will and served only to Christ, and with pleasure would become a victim of someone who himself brought him his prey...

    Akilian was enraged and in furious ordered to beat Trifon for three hours having hanged naked on a tree, and then offered him to recognize Zeus as his god and worship the image of the emperor. Tryphon called Zeus lawless magus and dark wicked magician, and expressed his contempt to the emperor, having called his image heartless, forced Akilian to torture him in the cold in the mountains long and mercilessly, and then in prison, using sophisticated methods of torture, but didn’t get anything from Tryphon.

    Once in front of everyone, while Trifon was being tortured in prison, an angel appeared with a shining crown in his hands. Having seen this, the torturers got frightened, but Akilian only became more steel heart. As a result, Akilian made his decision to sentence Tryphon to death by beheading with a sword, because Tryphon refused to sacrifice to the Roman gods, in spite of all attempts of Akilian. The Holy was taken outside the city border and just before the moment of his death, when his head should had been cut off by Tryphon prayer his spirit had departed from him in advance, and Tryphon died. Local Christians, having wrapped his body in a burial shroud, anointed with balms, wanted to bury him in the vicinity of Nicaea, but Tryphon came personally to his followers and ordered to bury his body in Kapsadah, in his homeland, and this was exactly fulfilled.

    St. Tryphon in detail repeated the fate of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem for two and a half centuries ago - the analogy is almost complete. Even his subsequent appearance to his followers after his death with the will of the place of his burial, in general, coincides with the phenomenon of Christ to his disciples after Jesus' death. This is exactly the strong point of this Christian martyr, who firmly and deliberately passed to the end and remained faithful to his true faith and his beliefs, according to various historical data there often were miracles of healing at his grave, and people received help with prayers to him. Further fate of Tryphon was connected with his relics and miracles that took place afterwards.

    As for the relics, the head of St. Typhon is in the Cathedral of St. Tryphon in Montenegro, in the town of Kotor. Some of his relics was brought in 1803 in Russia. In 1819, part of his relics have been put in three small reliquaries, which were placed in the icon of St. Tryphon in Tryphon Church in Naprudny Boulevard in Moscow. When the church was closed in 1931, this icon with the particle of his relics was transferred to the Church of the Mother of God sign icon, which is in Pereyaslavskaya Sloboda near the metro station Rizhskaya and among people it became known as "Tryphonsky".

    It's time to remember the sacredness Triangle of saint martyr Tryphon in Moscow. Invisible to the naked eye and having connected three churches in triangle alleged miracles of healing and the expulsion of evil spirits. It consists of three temples:
    1. Mother of God "The Omen" metro station Rizhskaya
    2. Temple in Naprudnoye
    3. Icons of Mother of God "Unexpected Joy" in the Maryina Roscha

    The fact that two of the three churches were not closed during the Soviet atheism, also speaks in favor of the defender Tryphon, as at times increases the power of Tryphon sacred triangle! All these three temples are located close to each other, forming an invisible sacred triangle, which, unfortunately, is not known even by many orthodoxies!!!

    St. Tryphon cathedral continued to keep some of its secrets. In ancient times, all the walls of the church were decorated with frescoes, which almost did not survive to the present. Recently, at the apses and vaults aisles, the remains of paintings were found out, executed in Byzantine style. It is proved that the creation of these frescoes dates back to the XIV century, but it is not known who made these frescoes - the Greeks or the Serbs.

    Cathedral of St. Tryphon is depicted on the emblem of the city and is one of the most important tourist attractions of Kotor. Each year, the cathedral attracts many tourists from around the world.
     
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    Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in Kotor, Montenegro
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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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    Mountains Prokletije or the Balkan Alps
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    Река Черновичи в Черногории
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    River Cernovichi
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    Zminčko Lake is a reserved place hidden in the depth of dense forest of Durmitor National Park. Despite of its name, you can hardly meet snake here, but there are a lot of lizards. The length of lake is 230m, the width is 120m and maximum depth is 7,7m. This place is nice to meet sunrise and observe the sunrays make the way through firs around the shore. It is also good for a picnic. There are wooden benches and drinking water source.
    Zminčko Lake is 3km to the North-West from Black Lake in Žabljak municipality, at the rise of Mlinskij stream. You can get there by the path from Black Lake to the direction of Jablan Lake.

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    Crystal tears of Montenegro
    Despite of the quantity of passionate epithets used to describe lakes of Montenegrin mountains, everybody agree with a single voice that а picture is worth a thousand words.
    What else do you need for happy holiday except morning fog hovering around the shores, mirror surface reflecting the sky, birds singing and mountain herbs redolent!
    Let us introduce TOP 5 the most beautiful mountain lakes of Montenegro.

    5th place Trnovacko Lake
    Trnovacko Lake  This is an amazingly beautiful lake located 1517m above sea level. It is surrounded by forests, mountain peaks and rocky cliffs. The lake is hidden so skillfully, so it is impossible to get there by public or personal transport, just by foot.

    4th place Hrid Lake
    Hrid Lake
    The so-called "Happy Lake" is located in mountain group Prokletije. This is a place where Montenegrin and Albanian borders are coming together. It is located 1970m above sea level and this is some kind of record among all Montenegrin lakes. The water varies from sky-blue to emerald-green depending what is reflecting for the moment, pure sky or ancient pines.
    3th place Ursulovacko Lake
    Ursulovacko Lake
    One of the glacial lakes of Montenegro located 1875m above sea level in Bjelasica Mountain. There are 2 springs where you can get clear water. The lake is located among mountain meadows and conifers. It is often a place to visit by local trackers.

    2nd place Capitanovo Lake
    Capitanovo Lake
     
    This amazing lake is located in Moraca mountain canyon and called after captain Mushovich. Its water has bright green color and reflects stone rocks and mountain peaks. You can get there from the side of Niksic and Zagrad mine.

    1st place Bukumirsko Lake
    Bukumirsko Lake
    An impressive panorama of this lake is considered one of the most beautiful one in Montenegro. It is located 1448m above sea level and is feeding by melt waters and springs of the nearest mountain peaks.
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    Not far from the National Park Durmitor is a mountain peak Sinjajevina. This is an unforgettable and amazing place in Montenegro for the true nature lovers and mountain tourism. The top of the mountain massif Sinjajevina offers a wonderful panoramic view of the mountains and valleys nearby, as well as on the town Mojkovac. The name of the medieval town was in honor of the mint, which carried out its work in the XIV century.

    Sinjajevina Mountain range stretches for 40 kilometers to the south-east to north-west between the towns of Zabljak and Kolasin. In addition, near the mountains, there are famous National Parks Durmitor and Biogradska gora, Dzhurdzhevicha bridge and river Tara with its world famous Canyon (the deepest in Europe and the second deepest in the world after the Grand Canyon).

    For tourists who want to spend their holidays in the central part of Montenegro, local companies arrange hiking climbing on comfortable mountain routes, exciting mountain bike tours, unforgettable rides and other entertainment. In addition, you can take part in rafting on the Tara river.

    In addition, mountain Sinjajevina is a great place for sports - once, the competition "Sinjajevinsky sector" was held there, and was very popular in Montenegro. Now there is a large-scale improvement of sports and tourist infrastructure, and gradually the mountain begins to compete with Belasica on the field of ski tourism. The slopes of the mountain are also laid very interesting, fascinating and comfortable trails for riding a snowmobile.

    On the slope of the mountain, at an altitude of 1100 meters in the northern region of Montenegro, a Montenegrin ranch is located. For this type of object an unusual place is selected, because often such settlements are located on the plains. This ranch is known to many tourists who prefer a healthy vacation. Beautiful nature, fresh mountain air, hospitable hosts - all this is a guarantee of a good holiday. Modern man should visit these places to reconnect with nature and restore mental and physical forces.

    Sinjajevina Mountain is one of the most popular holiday destinations for climbers, skiers, mountain biker. The best time for summer climbs is from June to September. In winter, the slopes are covered with a thick layer of snow and ice, so ice axes and grapnels are mandatory equipment for climbers. Specially equipped tourist camps on the massif are not provided, but there are also no restrictions on tents. In addition, you can spend a night in shepherd's huts, which are a huge amount in the area.

    Fishing enthusiasts are attracted to local places by two lakes: Zminicko and Zabojskoje. The depth of the first is 4 meters, of the second - 19. Water, in the surrounded by pine trees water bodies, is of a glacial origin - clean and clear. The lakes are under state protection and for catching rainbow trout, one must purchase a license.
     
    Tourist routes.
     
    Usually the ascent of Mount Sinjajevina starts from the center of the locality Mojkovac. The town of Mojkovac can be easily reached by car or by bus from Niksic and the capital of Montenegro - Podgorica.

    Next, you need to cross the bridge over the river Tara, and continue along the scenic path leading through the not high leave-forest, reach the hill Topovi (1208 meters above sea level). An observation deck is especially developed here, which offers a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, the canyon, the river and the entire valley. Continuing the hike up to the mountain Sinjajevina, one can also see a lot of small churches, as well as the katuns - houses of shepherds on summer pastures.

    Also in the process of climbing the mountain, you can visit Zabojskoje lake, which was mentioned above. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful in this area. This unique body of water is located at an altitude of 1477 meters above sea level and from all sides is surrounded by a thick pine forest. In autumn and summer on the shores of this lake, the tents can be put up.

    The slopes of the mountain Sinjajevina have many small hiking trails that are laid through the thick ephedra, and a large number of user-friendly designed viewing platforms allow you enjoy the natural beauty of the area to the fullest and get a lot of unforgettable impressions.

    The greatness of the mountain Sinjajevina and all the mountain range, as well as the wonderful natural beauty of these places will impress any traveler. Mountain Sinjajevina - pure mountain air and beautiful nature!
     
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    Mountain Sinyaevina in Montenegro
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    The cave Red Rock (wall) is located near village Petrovići, Nikšić town council, on the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    The cave was opened in 1954 and since then it is considered the biggest cultural object of the Paleolithic over the whole Balkan peninsular with the exceptionally well preserved remnants of material culture. It presents a rock protecting apron at the height of 700m above the sea with a wide gateway 24m and a small depth 15m.
    Primitive men have been living in cave since Paleolithic and have been staying there for many centuries. About 20 people have been living in cave at the same time, who were hunting and fishing. The archeologists have opened 31 occupation layers, which prove the story of this place better than words. Stone items are considered the most precious findings, which count more than 250 thousand years. Other labor tools were made out of ceramics and animals and fish bones. The archeologists have managed to find here about 5 thousand material proves of the existence of primitive men.
    In 1500 B.C. this accommodation was abandoned and forgotten for long millenniums.
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    The Cave Red Rock (wall)
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    Jablan Lake (translated as Poplar lake) or Small lake according to the locals. It is located 1791m above sea level near Mala Crna Gora village in Zhabljak town-council, at the foot of Stuoc mountain of the National Park Durmitor. Despite the lake is bigger than other lakes and indeed its depth is 8,5m, many people call it Small lake without obvious reasons. But "Poplar lake" has an explanation. One of the banks is covered with Poplar forest. The water of the lake has very beautiful saturated shadows. Thick big forests around fascinate and make your impression about lake brighter.
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    Milocer had been a favorite place of holiday for the royal family for many years. Resort Milocer is admired today from the windows of his apartment, the President of Montenegro, various celebrities and simply rich people of the planet. This is an exclusive place, situated just 500 m. from the world famous island-hotel "Sveti Stefan".

    Town-resort Milocer was founded in 1934 next to the residence of the royal family of Serbia. Stone buildings in Milocer were the castle once, where rested Karadjordjevic royal family. In summer King Nikola and his family often spent time there. Now at the entrance to the park Miločer is hanging a map, which marked the territory of private residences, and where can move tourists.

    Park (Botanical Garden) Milocer is located near the settlement Przno, 6 km from Budva, and covers an area of about 18 hectares. The park is landscaped in the French classical style - a riot of tropical vegetation, framed by stone arches and exquisite borders annually lured crowds of tourists. Here, in addition to a variety of Mediterranean pine trees, grow rare and exotic plants (e.g., various cacti, tropical mimosa, etc.), imported from America, Asia and Africa. In addition, in the park you can find plants such as Lebanese cedar, Japanese medlar, magnolia, agave that grow here naturally. Particularly noteworthy is a beautiful promenade with olives and cypresses.
    Park and Botanical Garden Milocer in Montenegro
    For tourists in Montenegro this is a place must see!!! It is quiet and cozy, little people, beautiful nature, alluring coolness, the smell of pine, great views and gorgeous sunsets. In general, a great place to take a break from the heat and the crowds of tourists, and also make great photos for the family album.

    Through Milocer Park one can get the island of Sveti Stefan. Fortunately, it is very comfortable paths and trails and one can go almost anywhere with a stroller (there are several places with small steps).

    In addition to the rich and diverse flora here is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic coast -Queen’s beach. You won’t be able to take a walk on the whole beach area, since it is owned by the hotel. However, the owners have left open a small part of the beach for tourists and local residents. If you want to visit the beach, then the price will certainly "please" you - 75 euros ... For this money you can get two loungers for hire, two towels and an opportunity to reflect on whether it is worth to get used to the royal household. Without renting sun loungers swimming is prohibited.

    On a small hill above Milocer seems like floats the ancient monastery Praskvica, founded in the 17th century. The name of the monastery seems mysterious. In fact, in the local dialect "Praskvica" - is nothing but a peach. And the name this monastery got due to the fact that its territory has an amazing spring, that water has the flavor of peaches.

    Exotic Mediterranean vegetation, sandy beaches of the highest quality and exclusive villas provide all the necessary facilities for a comfortable stay in the town of Milocer.

    Park (Botanical Garden) Milocer in Montenegro is a royal holiday!
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    In a series of medieval monasteries on Skadar Lake, Monastery Kom, tribal church of Crnojevic, has a special place. It was built at the foot of mountain Odrinska away from prying eyes, and differs from Balshich monasteries very much, built on the hills of the lake.

    The Monastery of Kom is a generic church of Alex and Giurgiu Crnojevic. Kom church is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. Historical sources about erecting the church is silent, but it is assumed that it was built in the period from 1415 to 1427. It was a time of difficult foreign policy situation for the Slavic state Zeta - on one side the Ottoman Empire tread, on the other - the Republic of Venice. Therefore, all the monasteries of that period resembled a fortress in their appearance. Kom, in this sense, was not an exception - it was built on a high hill surrounded by marshland, and the protective wall with two gates was built around the monastery. Kom Monastery was quite rich, fertile land belonged to it, on which the vineyards grew and pastures where cattle fed. For some time even the residence of Zeta Metropolitan Church situated here, after it had left the monastery Miholska Prevlaka and St Nicholas on the island Vranjina in turn.

    But the rapid development of the monastery was not destined to last long - in 1478 the Turks captured the fortress Zabljak, Ivan Crnojevic moved the capital to a new place, where in 1485 established the Cetinje Monastery, where, he handed over all the property of the Kom Monastery. This led to a rapid abandonment of the monastery, in the XVI-XVIII centuries there were only occasional services in the local church.

    In the XIX century the monastery Kom supported priests and monks from neighboring monasteries. In 1831, as a tribute to the traditions of Zeta Metropolitanate and the glorious past of the princes Crnojevic, there was ordained to the rank of Archimandrite Petar II Petrovic Njegos.

    Collegiate Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a simple single-nave building with side chapels and a wooden narthex. It was painted in two stages - first in 1470 and then in the 80s of the XVI century. Today, this church is the only one with preserved original frescoes among the monasteries of Skadar Lake.

    Since 1999, a monk, and currently the abbot, the father Chrysostom (Nesic), with God's help and grace of the Holy Mother of God, which is dedicated to the monastery and, with his efforts and help of pious people, renewing and building up part by part this great shrine.

    The Holy Liturgy is served in Kom monastery every day, except for the days of Lent, as provided by the Holy Fathers rules.
     
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    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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Beaches of Montenegro

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

  • Beaches of Montenegro Way to Montenegro Prva Proletarska bb., Budva, Montenegro +382 69 171 249
    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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    Mogren Beach is located next to Old town in Budva and consists of 2 pebblesbeaches connected by a tunnel. The length of the beach is 350 meters. One can get to the beach by a narrow path, which starts near Old city and goes through the hotel "Avala". On your way to the beach, you can find the viewpoint overlooking the Old city, St. Nicola's island, the monument to ballerina-girl. Also you can appreciate the beauty of local landscapes. Hover layered rocks on the one side and a cliff with the broken waves on the other. The first beach (Mogren I) is more modern. There are more cafes, sun loungers, katamarans, wave runners and sailing-ships. The sea bottom is step. Both beaches are surrounded by the beautiful rocks, that will bring you unforgettable memories.   
    Beach Mogren 1 and 2 Budva Montenegro
  • Beaches of Montenegro Way to Montenegro Prva Proletarska bb., Budva, Montenegro +382 69 171 249
    Any time when someone asks about the best Montenegrin beach, we pump air into our lungs and start beating the drum for couple of days. Really, there are many beaches and all of them are different. Gravel and sand, stone and concrete, under the rocks in forests, in cities and islands, wild and equipped - which one is interesting for you?Of course, most of the tourists prefer city beaches within walking distance from hotels and apartments. During summer season there isn't enough room to swing a cat.But, agree, it is difficult to relax, when your neighbor's leg is in front of your face. Or you cannot hear the bubble of the sea because of voices hum. That is why one should get in more private and interesting places sometimes. Let's tell about the most amazing wild beaches.Mamula beach is hidden on a small islet of the same name, at the entrance to the most beautiful Boko-Kotor bay into the open Adriatic sea. You will have a good view, which makes your heart soar, honest. You can get there just by yacht, cutter or boat sailing from big beaches Zanjic or Mirista - it is not the most convenient way, but it is worth.Gravel-rocky shore is washed by blue water. It is so transparent, that amazed eyes of fish hidden on a good depth can be seen. Besides, the sea is very deep inhere and is very good for divers. Once you get to the beach, combine the useful with the pleasant and have a walk around the island.Magnifical Austrian fortress Mamula of 19 century has been preserved here. It was a defensive fort. It is said that a ghostly echo of weapon salvo can be heard here. In fact this place has a very interesting history and its special secrets, which haunt minds of mysticism lovers. In 2014 Serbian horror film had come out with the same name "Mamula". However, there is a unique park, where subtropical and tropical flora of all sorts ramps, including exotic species of mimosa.  
    Mamula beach in Montenegro
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     Oblatnо Beach is located on Lustica peninsular and it won the Blue flag in 2014. The beach is small, the length is 100 meters and it belongs to Almara Beach Club hotel. This is a comfortable club beach. The part of the beach is a private territory, which is decorated with glamour and stylish design. There is an Italian restaurant, cocktail-bar and luxurious sun loungers with baldachins. The beach is loved by young people. In summer modern DJs play here and make the best parties. Gravel covers the beach and there is all necessary for the rest: sun loungers, umbrellas, sea rescue service and changing rooms. One can get to the beach only by car.
    Oblatno beach, Lustica
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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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    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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    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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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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