Saborni hram Sv. Preobraženja (XIX century)
Saborni hram Svetog Preobraženja (Minster of St. Transfiguration) is located in the center of the town.
The Serb Orthodox Church of St Transfiguration has been built since 1888 until 1908.
Iconostasis in this church was made by well-known Montenegrin artist Marko Gregović with help by Atanasije Popović.
Next to the Church is an Eparchy house with library, drinking fountain, summer garden with wooden bridge and small artificial lake.
On the church wall is a memorial plaque built in honor of the Rev. Stavrophor Stefan Pravica (1854-1925), who has worked 33 years as a priest and 11 years as a Serbian teacher.
The Church support culture and art. Choir of St Vasilije Ostroski (St. Basil of Ostrog) and folklore group also function as part of this temple.
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The Hercegovacka Gracanica Church
On the prominent part of area near Trebinje is a hill call Crkivna which offers a breath-taking view of panorama of City. The name hill Crkvina is derivative from word Crkva (Church). The legend was confirmed during the preparatory works when the foundations of the older church from the early Christian period (very likely 4th century) were found.
On the hill was build a Serb Orthodox Church named The Gracanica of Herzegovina (Hercegovacka Gracanica). The construction began in April 1999, and ended in October 2000. It is build on example of Gracanica Monastery from Kosovo, dedicated to Mother of God.
It was built obeying wish, expressed in his will, of the famous Serb poet Jovan Ducic whose remains were brought from USA (Gery, Indiana) and buried in the crypt of this temple.
This religious complex includes bell, icon gallery, parish’s home, amphitheater, fountain, church bookshop, museum and summer garden. The temple can be seen from any point in Trebinje.
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I took a photo of the landscape from the village (first photo). Once at home, when I looked at it closely, I discovered that on top of the mountain overhanging the unidentified village, stand a building with a familiar look. I made a close-up. Though not of good quality, it seems that it is a church or a monastery. I have searched on the net and found that it might be Hercegovačka Gračanica, the monastery Gračanica in Herzegovina. It has been built in 2000 on Crkvina hill overlooking the town of Trebinje for the 2000th anniversary of Christianity. It bears the same name than a much older monastery standing in Kosovo.
VT Teol confirms that it is Hercegovačka Gračanica church (not monastery). Thank you Teol!
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That must be what is forbidden to photography! I had not noticed it at first and had there not been the road sign, I will certainly have missed it. I took a second photo with telephoto lens.
This is the dam on the Trebišnjica river that makes the the artificial Bilećo Jezero (Lake Bileća). It should be near the village of Gornje Grnčarevo but I have not spotted it.
In the village a little further, I found another road sign that forbid any photography. As the road sign was dilapidated, I felt that it did not mean anything anymore and I took several photos. These kind of sign dates from the time of the 1992-96 wars, when this area was highly strategic and suffered a lot from the struggles.
I am unable to name this village as there was no road sign with its name. I wonder if that was not a suburb of Trebinje. I hope someone (Alec?) will tell me.
I was driving on the road near Lastva when I saw this amazing road sign.
Though not obvious, it seemed to forbid photos but I had not seen anything that deserved any ban of photo. So, as there was nobody around, I stopped to take a photo of the sign and try to find out for what explained the sign itself.
Defilé of the Trebišnjica river
A little further west, the Trebišnjica river has carved a narrow defile. The road is very scenic but unfortunately, as the valley is so narrow, there are very few spots where it is possible to park to take photos. Believe me, it is more scenic that I have been able to show by my photos!
Trebišnjica river is an amazing river. It flows in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia under various names (Mušnica, Gračanica, Fatnička, etc) but the name does not change when it goes from one country to another but because it is a sinking river ! It flows across karstic countries. Thus, in some places, it disappears entirely or partly into one or several sink holes. Its water will spring somewhere else, in one case 30 km away. It may also spring at several locations. Each segment of the river bears a different name. Better than "Trebišnjica river", it would be more correct to speak of the "Trebišnjica river complex", which would include also its underground parts.
The photos show a part of the river which is wide and quiet.
The caves of the "Trebišnjica river complex" are home of the very rare and endangered species Proteus anguinus, an amphibic salamander, living only in caves of the Dinaric Karst,
Sage (Salvia officinalis) cultivated in many gardens all over Europe to season meals or to prepare infusions grows wild in these mountains. It has even a stronger smell than when it is cultivated at lower elevations. I have taken seeds to check if they keep the same strong scent once home grown.
Bijela Gora mountain
This is the landscape near the border of Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina) with Montenegro. More accurately, this photo was taken between Lastva and the border. The road passes across the Bijela Gora mountain (white mountain) also named Orin. The elevation should be around 1200-1500m. The landscape is rugged and wild. In winter, it is very cold with a lot of snow.
The bridge over the river Trebisnjica, was built during the second half of 16th century. It was built as a legacy of Mehmed-pasha Sokolovic. At the end of the 17th century it was renamed Arslanagica Most. The bridge got its name from Arslan-aga who collected tolls on the bridge.
During the 1970's the bridge was relocated to a new location a few kilometers away from where it once stood. In it's old place came a hydroelectric plan. The moving and rebuilding of the bridge took two years.
I found the old town after I'd been all round town once already. It's small and a bit dilapidated in places, but if you're in town go and check it out for yourself.
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