The largest religion in Montenegro is Orthodox Christianity. Next Catholic Christianity and Islam are also represented in reasonably large numbers and then there are a few followers of Judaism. In general, people in Montenegro will refer to themselves as Christian, although they are unlikely to attend any services. Despite this, Montenegro has an abundant supply of churches and cathedrals.
In our historic sections you’ll find a lot of information on the ancient churches and cathedrals, some have become museums and others still hold regular services. The list of churches is extensive and below are two sites that have long lists of these churches.
An interesting excursion involving churches is the 1-hour self-guided walking tour. Using GPS this tour will guide you to visit 9 of the churches in Kotor.
Some of the most interesting cathedrals and churches are:
Our Lady or the Rocks Church which is built on an artificial island in the Bay of Kotor, near Perast. This church was built in 1632 although it was renovated and changed after that. Inside the church you can view several icons that have been preserved. It is also famous for an embroidered tapestry.
The cathedral of Saint Tryphon (Sveti Tripun) located in Kotor. This is one of the oldest cathedrals not only in Montenegro, but also in the world. It was consecrated on the 19th of June 1166. This cathedral is dedicated to Saint Tryphon who is revered by both the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox religion. You can still attend a Sunday mass in this cathedral.
The Church of St Nicholas is located on the island of Vranjina. This island is in Skadar lake in the North of Montenegro. A monastery was founded there in 1233 and was later turned into a fortress. However, it has been rebuilt a few times and renovations are ongoing.
The Church of St. Anthony of Padua is in the village of Tripovići and has been the main parish church in Tivat since 1734. This structure was built in the provincial baroque style. St Anthony of Padua is the patron saint of Tivat. This church has many relics including statues and paintings.
The most popular place of worship is the Ostrog Monastery which is a cave that was carved out of a large rock, called Ostroška Greda. The actual monastery was founded in the 17th century and although large parts of it was destroyed by a fire, it was rebuilt between 1923 and 1926. This is one of the most frequently visited monasteries in the Balkans and a popular pilgrimage destination. Here you can view original frescoes that were carved and shaped out of the rocks. It consists of an upper monastery with the Church of the Presentation and the Church of the Holy Cross. The lower monastery houses the Church of the Holy Trinity that was built in 1824. It is a tradition for pilgrims to walk barefoot from the lower monastery to the upper monastery which covers a distance of 3km. You can visit this church on your own or join a guided tour to visit this site.