Epic journey to an Epic place - Ostrog - monastery in the side of a cliff
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Continuing across more wetlands, I was soon in Pordgorica, the capitol of
I took a turn north and through the valley until the mountains beckoned. There were white flower-filled trees, along the way, a touch of spring in Crna Gora.
I stopped briefly to take a brief look at Drenostica, the tiniest of villages along the way. It was so small that the church and its cemetery are larger than the rest of the village.
From this vantage point, way across Bjelopavlici, and high up on the mountain, I could see the speck of white that was Orstog Monastery. It was really, really tiny. I was amazed that I would travel there ….by car but that people hundreds of years ago had created a monastery there.
I crossed the valley and began my ascent to Orstrog. The road was narrow, rough, and without safety rail or shoulder of any kind.
I reached the lower village at the bottom of the cliffs. I parked the car and walked up the hill thinking that it was walkable. I reached the lower church in Gornji manastir is dedicated to Vavedenje of Holy Mary and realized that driving was a much better option. I returned to the car and proceeded up the road of continuous switchbacks and hairpins.
I reached the car park, shocked that there was one! I found a spot and walked out to the terrace with the most amazing overlook. The valley stretched out before me as far as I could see a calm and peaceful place.
Sveti Vasilije Ostroški as it is locally known, also St. Basil’s of Ostrog, From the monastery, a superb view of the Bjelopavlići plain can be seen.
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.
So……I walked around the exterior and enjoyed the wonderful views and the unbelievable sight before me, the monastery within the cliffs of the mountain. I stopped at their shop and bought a locally made