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Ostrog Monastery – Montenegro

Ostrog Monastery – Montenegro

Monastery Ostrog is situated in district of city Nikšić, built in a steep rock overlooking the Bjelopavlićka Plain. This monastery is the most famous pilgrimage site in Montenegro. It was found by the Herzeg Archbishop Vasilije in the 17th century. He was buried here and canonised as a miracle performing saint.

About Monastery

Ostrog Monastery complex comprises two parts, the first of which, the larger lower monastery is situated around the Church of the Holy Trinity, built in 1824, containing the majority of the monastic residences, including the Dormitory. The white, rock-hewn upper Ostrog Monastery, a tough tiny 3 km walk uphill (accessible by car also), holds two diminutive cave-churches, one of which, the Holy Cross, features some splendid rock-painted frescoes by the great seventeenth-century Serbian artists-fresco painters Jovan and Radul, depicting revered saints (including St Sava and one of St Basil), scenes from the life of Christ, and religious holidays. Around the church are the monastic residences, which together with the church building and the scenery make this monument outstandingly beautiful.


The Ostrog Orthodox monastery is one of the most frequently visited in the Balkans, visited by believers from all parts of the world, either individually or in groups. Ostrog Monastery is the meeting place of all confessions: the Orthodox, the Catholics and the Muslim. According to the stories of pilgrims, by praying close to the Holy Saint’s relics, many have been cured and helped in lessening the difficulties in their lives.

Church of Holly Trinity

Crkva Svete trojice (Church of Holly Trinity) is in the lower level of the Monastery.

The founder was Archimandrite Joseph Pavićević in 1820th with blessing of the Metropolitan of Cetinje Petar I Petrovic – Njegos (St. Peter of Cetinje). In the same monastery was buried Archimandrite Pavićević 1836th.

Around the church are the thread and make the building together harmoniously united with the natural environment.

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  1. Brother Michael conveys in his goruiacs response here, the simplicity and clarity so connected to Cistercian/Trappist spirituality. I have had the good fortune to visit Holy Spirit Monastery. Like most monasteries, Holy Spirit embodies an ambiance of stillness, quiet and peace, reflective of the monastic lifestyle lived therein by the monks. Worship finds it’s expression in many way’s on this sacred property and more communally in the magnificent Church building. Breathtaking and true to the intentions of the early Cistercians, this Church is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The monastery grounds equally provide ample space and vista’s which facilitates a receptivity toward the experience of God within. I intend on visiting again soon and encourage others to do also. As for vocation, this monastery has an excellent Novice Master. Brother Elias is a deeply spiritual man, kind, prayerful and wise. Any candidate aspiring to this way of life will find formation under his guidance and teaching as one building on rock foundation. As Vocation Director, Brother Michael also offers a special gift as one experienced through his own life’s journey to the monastic way of life, one invaluable to assist in the discernment process. These combination’s, a beautiful contemplative setting and authentic spiritual guides, make Holy Spirit a wise choice for any man considering vocation. A very special place.

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