Miholjska Prevlaka Monastery

Tivat, Montenegro

Miholjska prevlaka, also known as 'Island of Flowers', includes a monastery dedicated to Archangel Michael. It was founded by Serbian Archbishop Sava (s. 1219–35). The church base was built earlier, reconstructed in the 9th century and destroyed in the 11th century. The monastery was the seat of the Eparchy of Zeta between the 13th and 15th centuries.

Under planned restoration, the monastery was destroyed by the Republic of Venice in 1441 after it was proclaimed unsafe due to the rumors of a plague breakout. Recent research by the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade, using recovered remains of monks from that time have revealed that the monks died probably due to arsenic poisoning. There are remains of the church base.

Miholjska prevlaka was a tourist resort for Yugoslav military personnel, closed for general public in the Socialist Yugoslavia period.

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Tivat, Montenegro
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Founded: c. 1230
Category: Religious sites in Montenegro

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Sanja Dodic (2 years ago)
Peace, unity, love and blessing
Igor Fabjan (2 years ago)
Attractive little island with a church and monastery. Stil waiting for tourist development. Its other name is Island of flowers
Nizar Abazid (3 years ago)
Beautiful views.
Aleksa Vucen (3 years ago)
Like pretty much everything in Montenegro: wonderful nature and huge potential, unfortunately underdeveloped and left to degrade. Great view nevertheless.
Valentina Kulanova (4 years ago)
Очень красивый остров, но пляжа как такового нет. Грязно. Монастырь красивый интересная история.
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