RELIGIOUS MOSAIC


Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Islam, Judaism... the main religions which met and intertwined for centuries in this part of Europe - the Balkans. On our journey through religious mosaic we will explore these 4 religions, but also the others that once existed - Bogumili, "Friends of God", who refused any form of forced, external religion. They emphasized the freedom of human opinion, and were convinced that their quest is to bring themselves to light throught inner Christ. Their teachings influenced the Cathars in France. You will also hear about the ones who exist to this day - the dervishes, Muslim "mystics". Dervish orders (tarikat) are schools of spiritual, moral and methodological guidelines, which lead student to the way of truth in their own way. Our journey begins in Sarajevo - European Jerusalem, where we experience almost all religions, then we travel through Bosnia and Herzegovina to Montenegro, and we end it in Dubrovnik - well known European crossroad of cultures and religions.

 

Day 1:
Arrival in Sarajevo, hotel accommodation, overnight.

 
Day 2:
Introduction and tour of the crossroad of all religions:
- Gazi Husrev - beg mosque, one of the most important monuments of religious architecture in the Balkans,
- Synagogue - Jewish Sephardic Temple, built in 1930, third in size in Europe
- Old Orthodox Church - located in the very heart of the old city of Sarajevo and one of the monuments that testifies the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Museum church has about 700 exhibits,
- Catholic Cathedral - dedicated to the Heart of Jesus and the headquarters of the spiritual life of Catholics in Sarajevo,
- Tekija - place of worship, where dervishes (Sufis) gather, reside and perform religious rites.

 

Day 3:
Departure for Blagaj, where one of the most famous Tekija is located. The largest karst spring in Europe, river Buna, is also located near Blagaj, and famous Sufi Tekija is nearby. The natural beauty of the place contribute to overall impression of the location. After Blagaj we proceed to Međugorje, one of the most famous Catholic shrines in the world. It became famous for apparitions of the Virgin Mary (popularly known as the Queen of Peace), which first appeared in 1981.

Departure for Mostar, hotel accommodation, overnight.

 

Day 4:
After tour of Mostar, we proceed to Stolac, where are two most famous and most important necropolis tomb stones called "stećci" - Radimlja and Boljuni. In these two necropolis there are nearly 400 of them. While necropolis Radimlja has abundance of exhibits, diversity and high quality relief motifs, necropolis in Boljuni has a large number of inscriptions.

Departure for Dubrovnik, hotel accommodation, overnight.


Day 5:
This day is reserved for the Orthodox sanctuary in Montenegro - Ostrog, located along nearly vertical cliff on the mountain. This sanctuary, one of the most visited in Balkan area is dedicated to St. Vasilij of Ostrog, who is buried there and proclaimed a saint and miracle worker after his death. It is visited by members of all religions from all over the world. Believers claim praying to the holy relics has healed many people. After visit to Ostrog we go to monastery Daibabe, founded in 1897 by a priest Simenon Popović, who used a natural cave for building a monastery church.

Departure for Budva, hotel accommodation, overnight.

 

Day 6:
This day is reserved for visit to Catholic and Orthodox churches in Montenegro and Herzegovina.
Visit to Budva and the Catholic Cathedral of St. Ivana, and the Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity, built during the French occupation.

Departure for Kotor and visit to the Cathedral of St. Tripun (Tryphon - patron saint of Kotor), and the Orthodox Church of St. Luke (the church was special because it used to have both Catholic and Orthodox altar).

Perast - visit to Our Lady of the Rock with the same name votive sanctuary of the sailors. It is located on an artificial island which was built by constant filling of stones, and is located in front of Perast.
Visit to Herzegovina and Trebinje and monastery Tvrdoš with powers of the hand of St. Helen of Anjou (originally from France).

Departure for Dubrovnik, hotel accommodation, overnight.

 

Day 7:
In Dubrovnik, there are 80 churches, and we will visit the most important of all four religions:
- The Church of St. Blaise, one of the most beautiful religious buildings of the city (St. Blaise is the patron saint of Dubrovnik)
- Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was according to the legend built with money of the English King Richard the Lionheart who survived a shipwreck near Lokrum. The treasury of the cathedral is extremely interesting
- The Orthodox Church of St. Annunciation, situated next to a museum of icons
- The synagogue and museum - the oldest of all still active Sephardic synagogues, and the second oldest in Europe in general
- Majlis of the Islamic community of Dubrovnik - prayer hall of the Islamic community located in the Old Town.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.

 

Day 8:
Departure

 

 

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