Montenegro is blowing us away with the beautiful sights you can see and this amazing cliff side monastery is no different!
The Ostrog Monastery is one of the most well known places in the country and a very important religious site. Dating back to the 17th century, this stunningly white monastery is built into the side of the cliff and will be unlike anything you've seen before!
When you find yourself in Montenegro we 100% recommend visiting this unique monastery. It's actually a perfect Saturday or Sunday day trip for our ILP volunteers who live in Budva for the semester.
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About The Ostrog Monastery
The monastery was built in the 17th century and still stands strong today. It is an important religious site in Montenegro, welcoming a variety of religions and faiths from all over the country (and even the world). Although the monastery now attracts a lot of tourists as well, it is still an active place of worship and you will notice the quiet, sacred feeling as you walk around the grounds and monastery itself.
What To See
There are two areas you'll want to visit while at the monastery. The upper level and lower level.
The lower level houses The Church of The Holy Trinity, a small church built in the early 1800's. Make sure you walk around this area and explore the beautiful little church and surrounding area.
From the lower level you'll walk uphill about two miles to the larger monastery (the cliff side one!). Enjoy the gorgeous walk and soak in the scenery — you won't be disappointed!
Once you get to the upper level, you can walk through the different rooms and churches. The Church of The Upper Cross is a favorite as it's in a cave and really unique! The fresco paintings are amazing, painted right onto the rocks inside the cave.
Things can get busy and they only allow a few people at a time into some of the areas, so plan on being a little patient if you want to see it all.
Tips When Visiting
- You can show respect by the way you are dressed. Actually it's required that you cover your legs and shoulders to enter the building. Make sure you bring something appropriate to wear.
- Admission is free but donations are happily accepted. Bring a few euros to donate if you'd like!
How To Get There
Plan on about two hours of drive time to get to the monastery.
The easiest way to get there is by taking a tour from the coastal city of Budva. Most tour companies will pick you up from a local hotel (or a similar spot you might have designated) and drop you back off once you're done. Here are a few companies to look at:
Viator Excursions is a great option. It's about an eight hour long tour and only costs $23 USD a person!
Globe Trotter Montenegro
This is also a good option, but is more limited to when you can take the tour. Price is about $40 USD a person.
Where To Stay
There are not many places to stay right near the monastery so most people recommend visiting during the day and staying in Podgorica (the capital city is nearby). We'd recommend just taking a day tour so you don't need to worry about finding a place to stay!
*The lower monastery does offer housing options but it is hard to know if they have any availability until you get there. There are several dorm rooms, each have 8-10 beds and are 4 euros a night if you decide to go that route.
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