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Cetinje

Cetinje (Montenegro) – the most detailed information about the city with photos. Cetinje main attractions with descriptions, guides and maps.

City of Cetinje (Montenegro)

Cetinje is a small city in the south of Montenegro, which is its first capital. It is one of the most symbolic places for the Montenegrin nation which has great historical and spiritual value. Cetinje is often called the city of honor, courage and loyalty to the country. Despite the fact that the official capital of Montenegro is Podgorica, Cetinje is still considered to be the cultural and spiritual heart of the country.

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Geography and climate

Cetinje is located in southwest Montenegro in a small valley at the foot of the Lovcen mountain range. The city is located between the Adriatic Sea and Lake Skadar. The average height above sea level is 671 meters. In the north rises the Eagle Mountain with a magnificent observation platform. Cetinje has a moderate continental climate with warm summers and cool winters.

Cetinje Panorama

Panorama of Cetinje

Information for tourists

  1. The population is 14 thousand people.
  2. Area – 910 km².
  3. Currency is euro.
  4. The language is Montenegrin.
  5. Visa – not required if the period of stay is not more than 90 days.
  6. Traffic is on the right.
  7. Time – UTC +1.

History

The first mention of Cetinje dates back to 1440. In 1482, fleeing from the Ottomans, the ruler of Zeta Ivan Černojević fled to this small settlement. In the same period his residence was founded here, and Cetinje actually became the capital of Montenegro. However, until the 17th century it remained a very small settlement with less than a hundred houses.

In 1692 Cetinje was taken by the Ottoman troops and destroyed. The settlement was restored in 1701 by the founder of the Petrovic-Njegosha dynasty. In 1785 the Turks again captured and destroyed Cetinje. In the 19th century this town was the center of the Montenegrin nation. Here was opened the first school, a printing house, and was built the residence of Montenegrin princes. In 1878 Cetinje became the official capital of Montenegro after the declaration of its independence. The prosperity of the town lasted until the First World War. After World War II Podgorica became the capital of Montenegro.

Njegoševa Street, main street in Cetinje

Njegoševa Street is the main street of Cetinje

How to get there

The nearest airport is in Podgorica (50 km). Cetinje has regular bus connections to the current capital and Budva.

Attractions

Cetinje monastery

Cetinje Monastery

The Cetinje monastery is the main attraction of the old capital of Montenegro. It is one of the most important spiritual centers of the nation, the historical residence of its rulers and metropolitans. This Orthodox monastery was founded in the 15th century and destroyed by the Turks in the late 17th century. It was reconstructed in 1785. It has several valuable religious and historical relics, including the remains of St. Peter of Cetin, the right hand of John the Baptist, and the remains of Peter II of Njegos.

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St. Vlach Church

Church of St. Vlach

The Church of St. Vlach is Cetinje’s oldest landmark. This religious structure was built in the early 15th century and preserves valuable ancient Greek frescoes. Interestingly, the fence of the church was made of 2,000 trophy weapons captured by Montenegrins during the battles with the Turks.

Njegoševa Street

Street of Negoševa

Njegoševa Street is the parade avenue of Cetinje with beautiful historical buildings, stores and cafes.

Billiard Palace

Billiard Palace

Billiard Palace is a former royal residence built in 1838 and is located near the monastery. It is a museum dedicated to the ruler of Montenegro Petar II Njegos. His personal belongings, books, money and weapons are exhibited here.

King Nikola's Palace

King Nikola’s Palace

The Palace of King Nikola is a historical building constructed in 1871. Now it is a museum with thousands of exhibits of archaeological, ethnographic and historical value, including a collection of awards, weapons, stamps, coats of arms, flags and paintings.

The Royal Montenegrin Theatre

The building of the Montenegrin Royal Theater

The building of the Montenegrin Royal Theater was built at the end of the 19th century. Originally the facade was made in the Baroque style. In 1918 (during the retreat), the Austro-Hungarian soldiers burned the building. The theater was restored to its current form in 1931.

Blue Palace

The Blue Palace

The Blue Palace is an elegant building built in the late 19th century, which is now the residence of the Montenegrin president.

Mausoleum of Njegoš

Mausoleum of Njegoš

Mausoleum of Petar Petrovic Njegoš is the tomb of the ruler of Montenegro, considered by many to be the greatest poet of Serbian literature. The mausoleum is located 13 km from Cetinje on the top of Mount Lovcen (1660 m). It is an imposing marble construction, built between 1969 and 1974, and is the work of art of the famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović. The facade of the mausoleum is dominated by a huge stone figure of Negos, weighing 28 tons, with a gray eagle with outstretched wings above it. In the vestibule are two stone sculptures depicting a mother and daughter. They weigh 7.5 tons. There is a sarcophagus of white marble in the crypt.

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Cetinje sights

Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Cetinje Monastery Mount Lovcen Village Negushi Mausoleum of the Prince Negos National Museum of Montenegro Billiard Building Theatre Zetski dom The Palace of King Nikola Monument to Ivan Crnojevic

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Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (photo)

Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built on the ruins of the old monastery of Cetinje at the end of the fifteenth century. This church was built by coastal builders. Its building was surrounded on three sides by a colonnade, which has not survived until today.

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After the church was completely destroyed during the war in the eighteenth century, it has changed its appearance somewhat.

Now the church is built of gray stone. In the altar wall of the church is a relief with a two-headed eagle. It is the emblem of the first abbot of the monastery Ivan Chernoevich. On the second floor there are ornaments in the form of carved capitals.

Above the entrance to the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin is an old slab. There is a text carved on it, which tells about the foundation of the church.

Now the church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin belongs to the monastery of Cetin. At present, the reconstruction of the interior of the church is ongoing.

Coordinates: 42.39012100 18.92240500

Cetinje Monastery

Cetinje monastery (photo)

One of the greatest Orthodox shrines of Montenegro is the Cetinje monastery, the symbol of Montenegro’s freedom-loving spirit, the heart and the cradle of the Orthodox state. Here for the past 500 years is the residence of the Metropolitans of Montenegro. The role of Russia in the prosperity of this monastery can be judged by the words of St. Peter of Cetin: “The earth will not accept the bones of him who does not love Russia”.

Almost half of the treasury of the monastery of Cetinje consists of the gifts of Russian tsars and tsarinae. In the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God – the heart of the monastery of Cetinje – are the relics of St. Peter of Cetinje, the imperishable right hand of St. John the Baptist, which once belonged to the Romanov family and was given to the Montenegrin Metropolitan Church by the mother of Nicholas II. The gold embroidered shroud is also a gift of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great to St. Peter of Cetin, Metropolitan and Lord of Montenegro.

In the monastery there is a museum, where you can see the vestments of the Metropolitans of Montenegro, the crown of St. Stephen of Decane, the rarest manuscripts and printed books from the 13th-19th centuries, items of church utensils and ancient banners.

Coordinates: 42.38825100,18.92161100

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Mount Lovcen

Mountain Lovcen (photo)

Among the rocks and stones of the Lovcen National Park there is a lot of life. On the slopes of the mountain range grows more than a thousand species of flowers and trees, between which, in turn, there are many animals: foxes, martens, wildcats, hares and even wild boars. Here you can count over two hundred species of birds – from pied cheeks to impressive eagles. But it’s not just nature that makes this national park remarkable.

Montenegrin ruler Petar Njegos found solace in one of the two peaks of Lovcen Mountain. When he was still alive he fell so in love with the place from which he could see his beautiful country that he vowed to bury him there.

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The last will of the figure was carried out, and at an altitude of 1660 m above sea level was built, first the church – tomb, and then, under the socialist regime – the Mausoleum.

To get to the Mausoleum at the top of the mountain is not easy: need to overcome, almost 461 steps. But the result is worth it: from the observation deck on a sunny day you can see not only the whole Montenegro, but even Italy on the other side of the Adriatic Sea!

Coordinates: 42.40622100,18.83325600

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Village of Negushi

Negushi village (photo)

The village of Negushi is located in the territory of the Lovcen National Park, on the slope of the mountain of the same name. Negushi is famous for the fact that here was born the dynasty of Petrovic (Negosha), who ruled from 1696 to 1918 in Montenegro.

Negushi attracts with its traditional stone architecture, which is well preserved to this day. In the village you can fully feel the old spirit of Montenegro. The census that took place in 2003, showed that the local people in the village are only 30 people. Despite this Negushi is extremely popular among tourists who are attracted by the color and extraordinary nature.

Tourists in local cafes should certainly try the national Negush cheeses and prsut (smoked pork ham). It is recommended to wash down the dishes with the local wine Vranac.

Coordinates: 42.43388900,18.81027800

The Mausoleum of Prince Negos

Mausoleum of Prince Negos (photo)

Mausoleum of Prince Negosh is one of the attractions of Montenegro, dedicated to Prince Petar Petrovic Negosh. The mausoleum is located on top of Mount Lovcen.

Petar Petrovic Njegoš was a prominent Montenegrin poet, philosopher and political reformer who was the ruler of the country. He bequeathed to bury himself on Mount Lovcen, to be able to see his possessions even after his death. Unfortunately, his request was not fulfilled until four years later.

The mausoleum that we have today was built at the turn of the sixties and seventies of the twentieth century on the site of the chapel founded by the prince. The mausoleum is a structure of gray stone. The entrance is decorated with the statues of two black women. Inside the mausoleum there is a statue of the prince. The vault of the roof is covered with gold. Here is also the sarcophagus of Negosh.

Nowadays this place is very popular among tourists. From here, on a clear day, there is a wonderful view of the Bay of Kotor, Lake Skadar and the mountains of Montenegro.

Coordinates: 42.39490700,18.84412100

National Museum of Montenegro

National Museum of Montenegro (photo)

The National Museum of Montenegro is located in the historic capital of Montenegro, Cetinje. It is famous for the fact that it consists of five divisions: the Museum of King Nikola, the Art Museum, the Historical and Ethnographic Museum and the Museum of Petar II Petrovic Njegus.

Each of the museums is located in buildings of historical value. Tours are conducted in Montenegrin, French, English, German, Italian and Russian.

The history of the museum starts from the fifteenth century, when Cetinje became the political center of Montenegro. Books of that time are preserved, their number is about 10000. The 16th and 17th centuries are characterized by the outburst of theological thinking in the world, hence, the exhibits of these times are devoted to church subjects. The museum presents a variety of flags, at the moment there are about 44 Turkish flags, as well as Montenegrin flags.

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The museum has weapons, archaeological finds, documents from different times, art paintings and much, much more. The method of dividing the museums will give the opportunity to study all aspects of the life of the country. All this fully covers and describes the development of the state and its people.

Coordinates : 42.38754400,18.92433100

Billiard Building

The Billiard Building (photo)

Cetinje is a museum city. One of the attractions of the city is the Billiard Building.

The billiard building is surrounded by a stone wall with four towers and was built in 1838 by order of the ruler Njegos.

At present, there are the Museum of Njegoš and the Ethnographic Museum, and in the yard there is a very interesting exhibit – the relief of Montenegro: a relief map, made with precise observance of all ratios and dimensions of the relief from Macedonia and Croatia to Albania, made by the Austrians with jewelry accuracy from cement in the early 20th century.

Coordinates: 42.38785100,18.92331100

Zeta House Theater

Zetka house theater (photo)

Zetski dom is the oldest and most respected theater in Montenegro. It is located in the small town of Cetinje, in the south of the country, and is a success for all European theatergoers.

The construction of the Zeta House began in 1884 on the orders of King Nicolas I, and four years later the first performance was held on the stage of the theater. At that time the Zeta House looked very luxurious, its interior was decorated with stucco and gilding, and the beauty of the theater could compete with the best stages of Europe. Unfortunately, the building was badly damaged during the First World War – it was partly destroyed and burned. In the postwar years, however, the Zeta house was carefully restored, and soon the theater reopened to the public.

Today Zeta house is one of the leading theaters of Montenegro, very much loved by both directors and ordinary spectators. In the repertoire of the theater – a huge number of plays, old and new. And in the absence of performances Zeta House is often used for cultural events of the highest level.

Also at the theater there is a drama school, where future actors, directors and playwrights are trained.

For the true fans of the classic theater Zeta House is one of the most interesting and favorite attractions of Montenegro.

Coordinates : 42.38873400,18.92688900

The Palace of King Nikola

Palace of King Nikola (photo)

In the city of Cetinje, the most majestic building is the Palace of King Nikola, whose full title is the Chevalier of the Imperial Order of St. Andrew the Apostle Nicholas I, Mirko Petrovic Njegos. Its construction was timed to coincide with the coronation of Prince Nicholas I in 1910. In the salons and courts of Europe it was censured that it was too beautiful and luxurious for such a small country.

The palace is decorated in the Art Nouveau style, which is characterized by an abundance of decorative details, fanciful shapes, and stylized floral patterns. Silk draped walls, moulded ceilings and carpeted parquet floors made the interior of the palace worthy of receiving any, the most high-profile guest. One such guest was the Russian Tsar Alexander the Great, who considered Nicholas I “the only true and devoted friend of Russia. It should be noted that the ties between Montenegro and Russia were not only political, but also related – the daughter of Nicola I was married to the nephew of Alexander the Great.

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Each of the rooms of the palace is in its own style: Oriental, Venetian, Victorian. The palace contains collections of items relating to the history and culture of the country from the Middle Ages to 1918 – furniture, weapons, paintings, stamps, flags, and many other things of truly museum value. Particularly noteworthy is the collection of military orders made of gold and precious stones. The court library, which occupies four rooms, keeps up to 10,000 copies of rare books, including church books.

The King Nikola I Museum was founded in 1896 and was housed in the Zetski dom (government building) until 1916. During the Austro-Bulgarian occupation in 1916 – 1918 the museum was barbarically looted, but in 1926 it was opened in place of the royal palace.

Coordinates: 42.38720500,18.92223400

The monument “Spirit of Lovcen”.

The monument was erected in memory of Montenegrin emigrants who voluntarily returned from the U.S. at the beginning of World War I to defend their homeland. But – alas – their ship was sunk near an Albanian port and took them to the bottom. The monument was erected in 1939, on the eve of the new World War.

Monument to Ivan Crnojevic

Monument to Ivan Crnojevic (photo)

The monument to Ivan Crnojevic, dedicated to the founder of Cetinje, located on the Revolution Square, is one of the most significant monuments in the city.

Ivan Crnojevic was an important feudal lord who decided to devote his life to his homeland-Montenegro. In the popular

The legend says that he is known as Ivan the Bek. Having received the title of a Venetian nobleman, Ivan became prince of Montenegro. He is also the founder of the first state printing house in Europe.

The monument, erected in 1982 on the five hundredth anniversary of the city, is a tall statue, towering on a pedestal. In his left hand he holds a shield with the double-headed eagle, and in the right – a sword, proudly drawn on his shoulder.

Coordinates: 42.38786700,18.92330100

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