Thursday, May 24, 2018

Upper Ostrog Monestary

For the true believer the only way from the lower to the upper Monestary is to hike the 3 kilometers uphill, barefoot.  I actually did see one family doing this pilgrimage, pushing a pram- it started raining and they had both a baby and a toddler, I don’t think they made it.

The rest of us drove most of the way and then walked the last 300 meters or so, uphill. Even that was tough.  The upper Ostrog Monestary was built into the mountain in the late 1600s and dedicated to Saint Basil (Serbian Orthodox). It was burnt and rebuilt in the 1920s, but the small Dave chapels in the large white building above were spared the flames.

The buildings above are where the monks live. I saw quite a few. They seem content with life in that semi-dated priestly way. But boy they smelled a lot. “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” must be an American saying.

Below are images from the tile frescos of the small cave church.  It was really impressive that they have been there for 350 years - although clearly kept up.

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