“A miracle built by nature and human interaction, carved almost in its entirety in a vertically positioned mountain cliff. Today it is the pearl of Montenegrin spirituality which is visited by more than a hundred thousand pilgrims from around the world and of travelers of all religions every year.”
The Monastery of Ostrog is a monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church located at an almost vertical background, high up in the large rock of Ostroška Greda. The monastery is dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog (Sveti Vasilije Ostroški). Ostrog monastery is the most popular pilgrimage place in Montenegro.
The monastery is also one of the three most-visited Christian destinations on the planet with its cave-like chapel and the Monastery complex that preserves the sanctity of Saint Basil the, Orthodox Christian Saint of Miracles.
All of the Montenegrin spirituality, beliefs s and cultural treasures found their home high up in the Ostrog cliffs. This breathtaking destination will fill your soul with high elevated feelings of devotion and reverence to God.
Where is the Ostrog Monastery
Ostrog Monastery is located about 50 kilometers from Podgorica and about 15 kilometers from Niksic. Since the two towns are directly connected via highway finding Ostrog is easy. If you arrive in Montenegro by plane, the airport is only 10 kilometers away from Podgorica and from there it’s another 50-minute drive to the monastery. On your way to the monastery, you will see breathtaking natural landscapes surrounded by the view and sound of the waterfall Perucice, which seem to enlarge the wild vigor of the tamed stone and water. The unusual feeling of tranquility experienced thru the plain is soon replaced by the holy peace of the Ostrog cliffs, which for many centuries preserved the myths, legends, miracles, and stories of freedom of people large and small that have traveled to them.
History of Ostrog Monastery
The Monastery was founded by Vasilije, the Metropolitan Bishop of Herzegovina in the 17th century. He died in the monastery in 1671 and a couple of 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 Monastery received its present-day look in 1923-1926, after a huge fire that had destroyed major parts of the monastery’s complex. Fortunately, the two little cave churches were spared and they are the key areas of the monument. The other church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, is placed within a cave on the upper level of the monastery.
The Orthodox monastery of Ostrog is one of the most frequently visited in 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.