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Europe’s Longest-Serving Leader Now Wants His Own Church

Montenegro’s president has sparked outrage with a plan to split from the Serbian Orthodox Church and its Russian ties.

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Built into an almost vertical cliff face overlooking a valley, the spectacular Ostrog Monastery is one of the biggest shrines in the Balkans. Dating back to the 17th century, it survived the wars and upheaval that have defined Europe’s most unsettled region.

The complex of churches and dormitories is now emblematic of another battle over cultural identity and in the world of Christian Orthodoxy, it’s inevitably about power and nationhood.