Going on a trip to Montenegro, many tourists consider it necessary to visit at least the most famous monasteries and temples of the country. Among them is the famous Piva Monastery, which is quite far from popular tourist routes and which has long been part of the list of Montenegro's attractions. Nevertheless, tourists come here annually (usually with individual excursions) to see this unique Montenegrin shrine.
Why is the monastery so interesting? It refers to those exceptional cases when the entire temple complex is transferred from one place to another. The monastery itself was erected in 1573 at the source of Piva. Surprisingly, this Orthodox complex was built at a time when Montenegro was part of the Ottoman Empire. So that the Turkish authorities did not get to the new temple, they put it in a secluded place, almost hiding in the forests. Services began to be carried out here since 1586. Half a century later, the monastery was visited by Vasily Ostrog himself from the Ostrog monastery to consecrate the temple.
The Piva Monastery stood here for several centuries, until the new authorities (and in the second half of the 20th century Montenegro was part of Yugoslavia) decided not to build a hydroelectric power station on the Piva River in the Piva Canyon. The monastery fell into the flood zone, and to prevent this, it was dismantled and moved to another place. Today the monastery is located on the shores of Lake Piva.
What can be seen during the tour? The sights of the complex include:
- 17th century murals
- The iconostasis, which was created over several decades,
- source, the water in which is considered healing,
- the relics of many saints,
- unique bell tower design.
It should be noted that the bell tower as such is not here. This was probably due to the conditions in which the monastery was created (a secret place). Therefore, the bells are in the courtyard, under special canopy. As for the walls of the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin, they are not only made of light stone, but even of ancient tombstones, since the builders were forced to use the materials that were at hand.
Piva Monastery can be visited on just one group excursion - the Grand Canyons. Professional guides will be happy to tell you a lot of interesting facts about this place.
How to get there
The monastery is located 3 kilometers from Lake Piva. Buses do not go here, you can only get by car or with a guided tour.
The monastery visits only one excursion: Grand Canyons. At the monastery, the bus stops for half an hour.
The cost for adults is 65 euros, for children - 40 euros.