Perast Island / Montenegro
Ostrog Monastery, a miracle built by nature and human interaction, carved almost in its entirety in a vertically positioned mountain cliff, is today the pearl of Montenegrin spirituality which is visited by more than a hundred thousand pilgrims from around the world and of travellers of all religions every year. It is one of 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.
Durmitor National Park
The Durmitor National Park is the largest of the country’s five designated parks, packed with jagged peaks, theatrical canyons – most obviously the stunning Tara River canyon with its wild thrashing river and deep mountain lakes. It was announced a National Park in 1952 and it has been on the UNESCO’s List of World Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1980.
The oldest monastery- Starčevo, was founded in the XIV century by the humble ascetic, old man Makarije, after whom the island was named Starčeva gorica. On the shores of the lake there are two small towns–old urban settlements, with specific architecture – Virpazar and Rijeka Crnojevića. Both settlements are nowadays famous for its restaurants that offer traditional specialties.
Lake Skadar National Park
With the area ranging from 370 to 530 square kilometers, depending on the water level, Skadar Lake is the biggest lake in the Balkans. Due to its geographic position and sub Mediterranean climate, it is one of the most important habitats of swamp birds in Europe. Throughout the history this region was a confluence of different civilization, which left a strong impact on its rich cultural and historical heritage. On the islands in the Skadar Lake, among birds and water-lilies many monasteries can be found.
Cetinje monastery is situated in the foot of the Eagle Rock, in the place on which, as it is thought, the castle of Ivan Crnojevic was situated, for whom it is believed that he is the founder of Cetinje. Cetinje monastery was built in 1701. in the period of governance of Danilo Petrovic, a spiritual and secular ruler of the former Montenegro, who has built into the monastery the architectonic elements from the ruined monastery of Crnojevic. Monastery complex became the center of the spiritual, cultural and political life of Montenegro.
The most impressive and very mystic destination, of the indescribable natural beauty, not only of Cetinje but also of Montenegro in general, is by all means the mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos on the mountain Lovcen. Up to the mausoleum you can come by car from Cetinje, which is 13 kilometers away, passing through a certain climate spa or more and more famous rest home Ivan’s riverbeds.