Mount Ostrog is a monastery and site of pilgrimage in Central Montenegro.
Less than two hours from the sea, high in the rocky mountain range, often obscured by clouds and mist, lies Ostrog Monastery - the most famous pilgrim place in Montenegro. It was built in the 17th century by metropolitan Vasilije from Herzegovina, who lies buried in the Monastery and has been proclaimed a Saint miracle worker.
The most interesting thing is the monastery placed at Mount Ostrog. In order to get there, you have two options:
- The easy one is to take a bus to Nikšić, they run from Podgorica or from Budva via Podgorica. Tell the driver you are going to the Ostrog Monastery, he will stop in the correct place. From there, you can take a cab for around 10 eur, you can bargain, or hike. It is 8 km of a beautiful walk. It is not difficult as there is a car road, but not recommended when it is very warm. The final part of the way are stone stairs.
- The other way is to take one of the trains that run between Podgorica and Nikšić and stop at Ostrog train station (1,80 one way in 2017). Beware that there are few trains throughout the days that stop there (so ask for the time table in advance). The train station is in the middle of nowhere, from there you'll have to walk 45/60 minutes to the access the lower part of the monastery (the path is easy to find with a map or with an opentopomap application on your mobile phone).
Monastery Ostrog, a miracle built by nature and human interactions, carved almost in its enternity in a vertical mountain cliff, is today the pearl of Montenegrin spiritualism that is annually visited by more than hundred thousand pilgrims from around the world. It is one of three most visited Christian destinations on the planet with its cave-like chapel and monastery complex that preserves the sanctity of Saint Basil the Orthodox Christian Saint of Miracles.
Thare are many nice and famous restaurants near Monastery Ostrog. In Podgorica, you can find the best ones. But also in Niksic you can find the proper restaurants.
The nearest Hotel near Monastery Ostrog is Hotel Sokoline. It is located 2.5 kilometers from Lower Monastery Ostrog. Other Hotels are in Podgorica and Niksic. Many tourists stay in nearest hotels and visit Manostery Ostrog for couple of days.