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People visit Montenegro not only for beach holidays. On this ancient Orthodox land, there are many spiritual sanctuaries, attracting pilgrims from all over the world all year round. They come to touch the relics, see the miraculous icons, feel the atmosphere of peace, and pray for their health and their loved ones. Traveling to the holy places necessarily includes the spiritual symbol of Montenegro, Ostrog, Cetinje Monastery, monastic cells by the Moraca River, in the Bay of Kotor, and the Budvan Riviera. There are many temples significant for Orthodox Christians all over the country.
On a religious tour, you can travel across entire Montenegro — from the coastline to the remote mountainous areas. Budva can be a convenient starting point for a trip to the holy places. From there, you can easily get to any part of the country. Also, right in the city there is the Podmaine Monastery, famous for its 12th-century church catacombs and modern frescoes depicting the communist leader Tito among sinners. In the mountains above Sveti Stefan, which is just 9 km from Budva, there are Dulevo, Praskvica, and Rustovo monasteries. A little further away, near Petrovac, there is Hradishte, a monastic monastery with beautiful examples of medieval fresco artworks.
It only takes 30 minutes to go from Budva to Cetinje by car. The trip by bus will take about an hour. The Cetinje Monastery holds unique relics — the remains of John the Baptist and a part of the Holy Cross of God. Nearby there is the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, where the remains of Montenegrin monarchs and metropolitans rest. In an hour by car and an hour and a half by bus, you can reach the capital of Montenegro – Podgorica, where you can see the main temple of the country, one of the largest in Europe, as well as the ancient monastery of Dajbabe. In the cave church of the monastery complex, there are relics of the St. Simeon of Dajbabe.
The way to the main Montenegrin shrine — Ostrog — lies across Podgorica and Danilovgrad. The monastery of the 17th century is located in the picturesque valley of Zeta. A queue of pilgrims wishing to touch the relics of St. Basil of Ostrog never ends all year round. Even people far from religion note the amazing energy of this quiet and peaceful place, tangible even through photos. The Moracha Monastery near Kolashin is shrouded in peace for centuries. You can get there through Podgorica, passing along picturesque river canyons. In the Bay of Kotor, pilgrims visit the church on the island of Our Lady near Perast, the monasteries of Bania in Risan and Savina in Herceg Novi, the medieval cathedrals of Kotor.