About 45 minutes drive northwest of Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica, is the amazing Ostrog Monastery. The monastery is built into a cliff about 900 meters above the valley and is the most important site in Montenegro for Orthodox Christians. It was built in 1665 under the direction of St. Basil, a bishop from Herzegovina, who brought his monks here after the Ottoman Turks destroyed their previous monastery. St. Basil’s bones are carefully covered by a shroud and are on display within the monastery. Just the fact that they were able to build this place is astounding.
After returning to Podgorica, we had a typical Montenegrin lunch: grilled meat and some of the local brew, Niksico beer. Mighty satisfying.
Amazing that they could build something like that in that location! Can you imagine the cranes and equipment that a modern engineering company would require?
Yes, and OSHA would never approve the work. That’s assuming they could get an environmental impact waiver to carve into the mountainside.