Monastery Savina it could be easy main reason for visit Adriatic coast (like it was for me on spring 2009).
Monastery Savina is beautiful architectonic complex situated about 2 km from Herzeg Novi on Adriatic coast. It belonging to Serbian Orthodox Church. Monastery consists of three churches: Little Temple of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Great Temple of the Blessed Virgin and the Temple of Saint Sava, according to which the monastery was named.
Mali Temple of the Blessed Virgin Mary is very small, only ten feet long and six feet wide. Probably dates from the 1030th years, although the earliest instance in which it mentions the monastery from 1648. year. Its reconstruction began in the late 17th v, the arrival of refugees monks from Tvrdos Monastery (Herzegovina), and completed the 1831st year.
The monastery has a large number of relics originating from the royal Nemanjic familly (Most of the Empress Jelena, the Cross of St. Sava), including those transferred from Tvrdos Monastery.
Temple of Saint Sava, who built the St. Sava is located outside the monastery complex. Great Temple of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built between the 1777th and 1799th years, and built a master Nikola Foretić from the island of Korcula.
Interesting is that withing big church you can find a wooden chairs line leaning against the wall on both sides of the church from the altar to the door. It is not a single hand-carved chairs but with a high back fully leaning against wall. Sitting on these chairs can not be directly seen altar, but usually people standing during services. On one of the chair is a wooden barriers so nobody would sit on it. The reason for this is the memory of the last service King Alexander I Karadjordjevic had before going to Marseille, where he was assassinated (9 October 1934).
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The Monastery complex has 3 Churches and a monk's residential building. The oldest part is small Church of St. Sava (13th century). The small Church of the Assumption was built in 15th c. and possesses rich treasures from the Nemanjic period. Worth to mention is the painting from 1455 done by the famous Kotor painter Lovro Marinov Dobricevic.
The big church of the Assumption was built between 1777 and 1799 by builder Nikola Foretic.
Besides the treasures and frescos, the exeptional work on stone can be seen too.
Savina Monastery reflects the harmony of arhitectual and natural beauty. It is situated about 2 km from Herceg Novi towords Meljine. On the way up the hill you will pass trough the mediteranian woods of pine, palm, oak and cypress trees. When you get there you will be rewarded with the stuning views. The blue clor of te sea in the contrast to the white structure of the Monastery. Fantastic!!!
Savina Monastery and the St. Save Serbian Orthodox church overlook the Bay of Kotor, offering a beautiful view for its residents.
This picture was taken just before sunrise and shows the peaceful resting spot of the residents of the Savina. I have a thing for cemeteries - I find I get good GSM reception there, so I was making an a Planetfone call when I took this picture. I made sure I didn't wake the dead.
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Topla (meaning warm) is half way between Herceg Novi and Igalo There are two churches located in Topla: St George's church (crkva Svetog Djordja) and St Salvation's church (crkva Svetog spasa). An old school building is located near the Church of St. Salvation. This old building, holds the memories of the boyhood days of the Montenegrin poet and bishop Petar II Petrovic Njegos. Here he was taught by the monk Josip Todorovic, finished primary school, and became the poet and the creator of today's modern Montenegro.
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We rented a car one day and...
We rented a car one day and took a ride along the Montenegro Coast. We visited Budva, main entertainment and festival centre on our way. Our main destination was little island 'Sveti Stefan'(Saint Stefan).
That is actually the biggest attraction in this area. It used to be a fishing village, and around 40 years ago it got transformed into a fancy hotel-town with luxurious villas and appartments. Each one is different. Elderly still talk about the times when Sofia Loren and other celebrities were visiting this paradise.
Quality of service and food used to be very high, I am not sure about nowadays. On the side opposite of the beach there is an outdoor pool - only for guests, big terrace, and many historical monuments are situated all around.
Staying here now is affordable, and in September one of these appartments rents for around 70DM per day.
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