The time of biggest pilgramages
The Ostrog Monastery is part of cultural heritage of Serbian Orthodox Church and one of most sacred place in Montenegro and in whole region as well. The Church follows Gregorian calendar. This calendar is different from Julian for 13 days.
First pilgrimage on Ostrog monastery are recorded very long time ago. Immediately after the establishment of the cult of Saint Basil of Ostrog started and pilgramage and believers was travel from distant places to the Ostrog monastery. Confirmation of that is keep in old books contributors entitled as "Opšti list" from the 18th century.
There are several major pilgrimage festivals at the Ostrog Monastery but two are especially:
- first is celebration of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary (Vavedenje of the Holly Mary) and
- second is commemorating the death of St. Basil (Day of St. Basil of Ostrog).
The Presentation of the Virgin Mary (Vavedenje of the Holly Mary) as one of its twelve Great Feasts on November 21. Following the Gregorian calendar, celebrates this festival is on December 4.
The anniversary of the death of St. Basil of Ostrog is celebrated on April 29 according to the Julian, calendar, or May 12 according to the Gregorian. According to data from the Regional Museum in Danilovgrad St. Basil of Ostrog began to be celebrated on the day he died since 1678.
Also, special public massive gatherings known as the the Peoples Assembly in Ostrog monastery was during religious holidays: the Day of the Holy Trinity (Duhovi) - celebrated on 50th day after Orthodox Easter and 10 day after Ascension Day, Day of St. Peter on 12th June, Day of St. Elias on 2. August and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on 28 August.
In general, the Ostrog Monastery is visited during the entire year.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
Nikšićko pivo is a light beer, produced since 1896 in the Trebjesa Brewery , in Niksic, now controlled by Interbrew, the world's leading brewer, with headquaters in Leuven, Belgium
Nikšićko pivo is very pleasant and well known. It is widely sol outside Montenegro. It is often offered in bars in southern Croatia (Dubrovnik, Cavtat), in Albania and in Serbia.
- Beer Tasting
12 custom offices in a row…
On our way from Niksic to Mostar, we passed 12 custom offices in a few hours, which means 6 borders!.
1 At Vilusi, we passed the Montenegrin custom to leave Montenegro.
2 We passed the Srpski custom to enter in Bosnia i Herzegovina (Republika Srpska).
3 We drove through Lastva and Trebinje but had soon to pass the Srpski custom to leave the country.
4 Another custom meant we came into the BiH Croato-Moslem Federation.
5 That did not last (5-6 km) and a new custom was to leave the BiH Croato-Moslem Federation.
6 After next turning the Hrvastka custom allowed us to enter into Croatia for at least 60 km.
7 I suppose there was a custom to leave Croatia for a while for the Neum enclave.
8 I wonder if the BiH Croato-Moslem Federation left us come into the Neum enclave without a custom. That would not have been fair!
9 After about 20 km, to leave the Neum enclave was not a problem but the BiH Croato-Moslem Federation custom had to check.
10 As well as the Hrvastka custom as we came again into Croatia.
11 After about 20 km, that was again “Dobrodosli Hrvastka” and another Croatian custom to leave the country.
12 And last but not least, the BiH Croato-Moslem Federation custom was there, on our way to Mostar!
- Road Trip
Motel Trebjesa, the bathroom
I explained in my hotel tip how strange was our arrival at Motel Trebjesa. Actually, when we got our room, we discovered that the bathroom was amazing too! It was a 6 meters long triangle shaped room with the bath in the farthest end. The cediling was almost 4 meters above and the deep blue wall tiles climbed to 3 meters high! To match with that, the towels were hanging at 2.2 m elevation! If you are short, this room is not for you, or bring a ladder!
- Road Trip
Niksicko pivo | Niksic Beer (V)
"Niksicko pivo" is considered to be one of the best, or THE BEST beer in whole former Yugoslavia. It is made in "Trebjesa" in Niksic, the only brewery in Montenegro. It is good because of mountain water used in process of production.
There are four types of "Niksicko pivo": "Niksicko pivo" (pils beer), "Niksicko tamno" (dark beer), "Nik Gold" (premium all malt beer) and "Nik Cool" (light beer).
"Niksicko pivo" can be tasted in every pub in Montenegro and Serbia, on many places in former Yugoslavia, but also in France, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Canada…
- Beer Tasting