Monastery of Ostrog

A vertigo road with 13 hairpin turns to Ostrog Monastery

The Monastery of Ostrog is an incredible building cut into an almost vertical cliff face high up in the hills at an elevation of 841m (2,759ft) above the sea level located high up in the large rock of Ostroška Greda, in Montenegro. The road up is a properly vertigo inducing, with only spaced rocks to stop you plunging over the edge.

The road to the monastery is steep. It’s 2.4 km long via 13 hairpin turns. Over this distance the elevation gain is 189 meters. The average gradient is 7.87%. The road is paved, but extremely narrow, twisting and steep and in a very poor state of repair; in short, it's terrifying.  Passing oncoming buses is difficult. While this isn’t the most treacherous road in the country it does require patience and possibly a few close scrapes.

The drive to one of the most visited places in Montenegro is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities. Don’t forget your camera! It’s the most popular pilgrimage place in the country and the pearl of Montenegrin spirituality which is visited by more than a hundred thousand pilgrims from around the world and of travellers of all religions every year.  It is dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog (Sveti Vasilije Ostroški), who was buried here.


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