Day 11 of Balkan Adventure

Day 11 of Balkan Adventure September 20 2011 Montenegro

Day 11 of Balkan Adventure is a start to another day. Here it Is time to get up this morning. Head upstairs for some breakfast and have some cereal.

Today we leave Sarajevo and head off to a new country. Country of Montenegro.

Day 11 of Balkan AdventureWe are heading to “O storg “ which is a monastery up in the mountains.

We get on to a city bus again to get to main bus terminal. On route this Irish guy starts talking to the group. He living and working in Sarajevo and talks about it. Some of the things he says are kind of false as he talks a little negatively about the area and seems a little off but at same time interesting.

We arrive to The bus depot and board a smaller bus today. The roads on route through Bosnia are quite windy and narrow, often at corners cars in other lane have to reverse to let people by.

The scenery on route is very nice with all the green trees and mountains.

The bus makes a small stop first at some town. We get off the bus and the whole area is full of school children bombarding a local sandwich shop. We grab our bags from the bus as it is all open and all the kids are walking around everywhere. However no incidents happen from this, so all is fine.

We get on the bus and continue onward to the borders, crossing the borders is no problem, just get the proper stamps in passport and onward we arrive into country of Montenegro.

Montenegro seems like a very scenic country, lots of mountains and amazing glacier lakes all around.

After a bit we arrive at another rest stop, which is very well developed.

Here just use the washroom facilities and stretch the legs before heading off for little bit more to our destination.

Day 11 of Balkan AdventureWe finally arrive at Ostrog  and pick up a van at side of highway to take up the mountain to the accommodations.

At The building of our accommodations its a monastery so all the men and women are separate in the sleeping dorms.

So I have to share a room with the guide Ivan, Stanley and Ian, all the women are on the other side of the building.

Washrooms have no showers, just a toilet and this huge trough which is only good for brushing teeth,

However someone did see someone taking a bath in the trough at late at night.

So we are at the Monastery of Ostrog . Which is really neat.

Here is some information about the area.

On the road from Podgorica towards Niksic, just after you pass the famous town of Danilovgrad which was fated never to be capital city, on the right hand side as though cut into the cliffs is the monastery of Ostrog first thing that comes to my mind when I see the cliffs where the monastery is situated is that it is incredible that the hand of man alone without the help of the Almighty could have made such a wonder in such a place.

This famous monastery was founded in these venteenth century. The founder of this unique place Saint Basil was proclaimed a saint and his relics are preserved in this incredible edifice. Ostrog is the most visited place of pilgrimage not only in Montenegro but in a wider area, and members of all faiths represented in Montenegro come to visit it (Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim). The relics of St. Basil are believed to have miraculous powers and there are very frequent instances and stories of people who have gone on a pilgrimage and been healed and cured in a miraculous way.

many ways this place symbolizes Montenegro, but above all it symbolizes the age-old struggle of the Montenegrin people for freedom. Montenegro was for many centuries an island of liberty in the occupied Balkans. Likewise the monastery is an island of spirituality and peace amid the cruel inaccessible cliffs

about a journey to Ostrog in 2000, when the members of the team visited the monastery, and it was then that the idea of introducing travelogues into Montenegro.

com was first proposed. And so together with the item about Ostrog the “Travelogue” section was begun, and it is now certainly one of the most distinctive parts of our site. The travelogues so appealed to our readers and visitors that we were inspired to go further, and to respond to all those who have asked for more pictures from Ostrog.

The Monastery of Ostrog (Serbian: Манастир Острог/Manastir Ostrog, pronounced [ɔ̌strɔg]) is a monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church placed against an almost vertical background, high up in the large rock of Ostroška Greda, in Montenegro.

It is dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog (Sveti Vasilije Ostroški).

Upper church of Ostrog monastery

View from Ostrog upper monastery to Bjelopavlići plain

From the monastery, a superb view of the Bjelopavlići plain can be seen. Ostrog, monastery is the most popular pilgrimage place in Montenegro. The Monastery was founded by Vasilije, the Metropolitan Bishop of Herzegovina in the 17th century. He died there in 1671 and some years later he was glorified. His body is enshrined in a reliquary kept in the cave-church dedicated to the Presentation of the Mother of God to the Temple.

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

The Orthodox monastery of Ostrog is one of the most frequently visited on the Balkans.

It is visited by believers from all parts of the world, either individually or in groups. It represents the meeting place of all confessions: the Orthodox, the Catholics and the Muslims. According to the stories of pilgrims, by praying by his body, many have been cured and helped in lessening the difficulties in their lives.

We head up to the church later on its amazing. A church built right into the mountains.

Inside one room we supposed to see some dead body of a minister wrapped up with the rabbi holding the sheet down. However its not actually a body, supposed to a be perfectly preserved body for 400 years.

Day 11 of Balkan AdventureThe views from the church are totally amazing of the present area.

Highly recommend everyone to visit here some day.

A very interesting site. We then walk down the road back to the place for dinner. From going down we see et church from different angles and its really interesting to see.

Check out all the photos of that famous moment.

For dinner that evening at the local restaurant have a steak called Popeci from Podgorica. Which is meat of all types and rolled with ham and cheese, very tasty. We all had it with a local beer which was also amazing good.

During dinner at the restaurant the power went off for a while, but then came back on. Overall a great day.

From here it was back to the dorm and there was nothing to do there, except go to bed, early!!.

But that was et rules of the day. I listen to my iPod and play some Angry birds to pass the time before bed.

I end up having my iPod on all night as both of the old guys were snoring loudly. As well later on from outside I heard a bell going off every minute, so the iPod saved the day. Thank you apple!.

On ward to the next day.

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