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My city - Bar, Montenegro

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This is the view from mountain Rumia at Bar. Rumija Mountain is 1,594 metres high and can be walked in a single day.

Each year on May 30th, on the day of the Saint Trinity, the Cross of Jovan Vladimir is carried from the village of Velji Mikulići to the place on the top of the mountain Rumija where according to the legend there used to be a church. The procession arrives at the peak before dawn, and at sunrise the morning liturgy begins. After prayers have been offered, the procession goes back to Velji Mikulići, again following the cross. The participants would formerly gather on a flat area 300 m (980 ft) from the peak, where they would spend some five or six hours in a joyous celebration and sports, and have a communal meal. This procession is not just limited to the Orthodox Christian community as Catholics and Muslims have traditionally taken part for many years on the ascent to Rumija summit. A cross, held by tradition to be the one that Jovan Vladimir received from Ivan Vladislav, and had in his hands when he was martyred, is a highly valued relic.

According to Russian scholars, the cross was originally kept in the Prečista Krajinska Church, in which Kosara had burried Vladimir.The peak of Islamization of the Krajina region was reached at the end of 18th century. The church was torn down, though it is uncertain when and by whom, but the cross was preserved by the people of the region. They believed that it could protect against evil and ensure a rich harvest, and kept it as sacred, although they had converted to Islam.The cross was later taken from them by the neighboring clan of Mrkojevići. As they too converted to Islam, they entrusted the cross to the Andrović family—their Orthodox Christian neighbors.

Saint Jovan Vladimir is the patron saint of Bar. In 2005, the Serbian Orthodox Church mounted a metal church building on the summit, using helicopters deployed by the Air Force of Serbia and Montenegro. This addition to the mountain led to great controversy, as it had not been approved by the Montenegrin authorities. However, the church still stands on Rumija.

port view

The port.

Our beautiful promenade street, just near the beach, it is

It is rather long, a few miles long. (I'm not sure how long exactly)

On the right side is King Nicola's palace

King Nikola

King Nikola's Palace. The palace was a present from King Nikola to his daughter Princess Zorka and his son-in-law Prince Petar Karađorđević. It consisted of a large palace, a little palace, a chapel, guardhouses and a winter garden, in 1910 a spacious ballroom was also added to the palace.

Behind the palace there is a park and a restaurant.

-This is a large flower garden, made of a stainless steel structure of interesting shape, which was given as a present by the Italian king, Emanuel, and which is nowadays used as the restaurant called “Knjaževa bašta” (“The Duke’s Garden”).

To the lighthouse

Old Town Bar

Old Lady from Mirovica
Once upon a time in Montenegro, there was a law that no boy could marry before he nas planted ten olive trees. That is why Montenegro, and especially the area around Bar, is extremely rich with olive trees, many of which are trees old over a thousand years.
For more than 2000 years, old olive has witnessed history. Its exceptionally long life, which continues to be crowned each year with the fruit of exceptional quality, makes this plant one of the oldest in the world.
Today, Old Olive is a natural monument protected by law, and one of the most popular tourist resorts on the coast of Montenegro. And how could it not be, because there are not many places in the world where you can see and feel the life lasts for more than 2000 years.

St. Nicolas' church was built in 1863. It was severely damaged after the great earthquake that hit Montenegro coast in 1979.
Church was built during the period when Montenegro was fighting hard against Ottomans, who captured Bar in 1571 and it remained in their hands until 1878.
People who still remained Christians needed a church, so this one was built on the ruins of old monastery from the 16th century. Church was built with the help of Russia, orthodox Montenegrins and Muslim people who remember their christian roots.

New mosque

Near Old town of Bar is open Islamic cultural center with a mosque Selimija, the largest building of its kind in Montenegro and one of the largest in the entire Balkans. The mosque is named Selimija, in memory of the first mosque built in the old town, of which are preserved only the foundations.

«Maslinijada» is a one of the famous holiday in Montenegro. It was formed as a manifestation which should represent the products which are made from the authentic species of olive.

The event «Maslinijada» is held at the beginning of December and all can enjoy tasting olives, famous Bar olive oil, citrus, tangerines, oranges and other products typical for this coastal area of Bar.

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Around the city

Topolica Sport Hall is a multi-purpose indoor,modern arena located in the city of Bar, Montenegro.

Across the hall is Orthodox Church Of Saint Jovan Vladimir.

St. Jovan Vladimir was a prince from the Vojislavljevics' dynasty (father Hvalimir and grandfather Petrislav). As a ruler, Jovan was 'wise, merciful, tame, meek, and brave.
Prince Jovan fought many hard battles with the internal and the external enemies. The internal enemies were Bogomils and heretics, whereas the external enemies were the conquerors, tzars Samuilo and Vasilije. On one occasion, tzar Samuilo deceptively captured Jovan Vladimir and imprisoned him indefinitely. However, according to the legend ('The Legend about Vladimir and Kosara') given in the famous Kingdom of Slavs (Regnum Sclavorum) of an unknown Benedictine priest, during his imprisonment years, Jovan was confronted by an angel foretelling him his destiny. The prediction reckoned that Jovan would be freed soon but would nevertheless die as a martyr. As time in prison went by, tzar Samuel (Samuilo) began to like Jovan and gave his beloved daughter Kosara to be his wife. After the death of tzar Samuilo, his son Radomir became a tzar. In the power struggle tzar Radomir was killed by his half- brother Radomir Vladislav. Moreover, Radomir Vladislav used a deception to meet Jovan Vladimir and slayed him cowardly in 1015. According to some historical data, he was the first nominally independent ruler of the Principality of Duklja- the first Montenegrin state, and the time of his reign unfortunately is not precisely determined, only the period between 980 – 1016 is being mentioned. There are many legends surrounding Vladimir, but the most famous one is about his wife Kosara and him.

This is the view from the church. It is hotel "Princess". (this was shot during the opening of the church)

Our city center. This is during the winter, when you can't detect a living soul around the streets.

Main part of the city.
Railway station

Volujica at night
This is a quick tour around my city, for you to get the basic idea. I hope you like it.

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