An unavoidable location in Trebinje! Tvrdoš Monastery amazes with its appearance, history and vineyards

Trebinje is certainly one of the cities that every visitor to Bosnia and Herzegovina simply must experience. It is a city that will amaze you with various cultural and natural attractions. 

In addition to being home to one of the most important monuments in all of Herzegovina, the Arslanagića bridge, which combines history and the future at the same time, it is also home to the beautiful Trebišnjica river and the Sušice waterfall, as well as monasteries.

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One specific monastery stands out, of course, and that is the Tvrdoš monastery. Here’s why!

 

Tvrdos Monastery, Photo: Dudlajzov, Depositphotos

 

Located only a 10-minute drive from the city center, the Tvrdoš monastery is positioned on the very coast of Trebišnjica, surrounded by the Leotar mountain peaks on the way to Ljubinje.

It was built around 1509 on the foundations of a small church that dates back to the 4th century, and what is interesting is that it can still be seen today through the glass windows on the floor of the monastery.

Decorated with frescoes by the Dubrovnik painter Vica Lovrov, the metropolitans of Herzegovina managed the Tvrdoš monastery in the 16th and 17th centuries, and today it is the seat of the Eparchy of Zahum-Herzegovina and Primorska.

 

Tvrdos Monastery, Photo: Dudlajzov, Depositphotos

 

Over the centuries, the monastery went through various upgrades to be ready to defend itself against various attackers, but unfortunately during the invasion of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish-Venetian war, it was destroyed, and part of the relics were transferred to the Savina monastery.

There were several attempts at reconstruction throughout the 18th century, but it only took on its present appearance in 1955.

 

Tvrdos Monastery, Photo: Dudlajzov, Depositphotos

 

In addition to its turbulent history, the Tvrdoš monastery also hides wine cellars underground. It is a tradition that started back in the 16th century, and at the beginning of 2000, it was brought back to life.

The Tvrdoš Monastery Cellars winery was officially opened in 2006, and you can see its beautiful vineyards next to the monastery itself, but also in Trebinjsko and Popovo polje.

In terms of production, they mostly focus on red wines such as Vranac, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, but you can also find Žilavka from Herzegovina, as well as some Chardonnay. Some of them also carry the prestigious Decanter Award.

You can try them all, and even buy them in the monastery itself.

 

Tvrdoš Monastery, Photo: KRTOLICA, CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Tvrdoš Monastery, apart from its wine cellars and olive groves, which produce around 100 liters of virgin oil per year, is also known for the fact that the miracle worker Saint Vasilije Ostroški, whose monastery is located in Ostrog, Montenegro, lived there and received the monastic tonsure and priestly rank.

If you get the chance, definitely visit it because Tvrdoš Monastery has a lot to offer!

 

 

 

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