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Cetinje: The Black Heart of Montenegro

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A June 2004 trip to Cetinje by Mutt

National Museum Photo, Kotor, Montenegro More Photos
Quote: In the shade of the black mountain lies the ancient capital of Montenegro, known as Museum City, due to its current focus on preserving the people's history and culture.

Cetinje: The Black Heart of Montenegro

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National Museum Photo, Kotor, Montenegro
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The town of Cetinje is nestled on a small Karst plain, surrounded by limestone mountains, including the majestic Mt. Lovćen, the Black Mountain from which Crna Gora (Latinised as Montenegro) gets its name. Local belief says that the mountain is dark, as all its inner shine is offered up to God. Centinje became the capital of Zeta (current day Montenegro) in 1482, when Ivan Crnojević moved his court here from the banks of Lake Skadar to escape rampaging Turks.The first orthodox monastery was built here two years later in 1484 and was ded...Read More

Cetinje Monestery

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Cetinje Monestery Photo, Kotor, Montenegro
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Bishop Danilo Petrović ordered the construction of the new monastery at Cetinje in 1701, as a replacement for the one destroyed in the Turkish raids of 1692. Rebuilt twice more after further Turkish raids in 1712 and 1785, Bishop (later Saint) Petar I Petrović oversaw the last reconstruction in 1786, adding the solitary cell as his own personal residence. Bishop Petar II Petrović added the southern wing and erected the protective Tablja on the hill above, decorating it with severed Turkish heads.The small, ornately decorated orthodox church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is the fi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2004

Cetinje Monestery
Titov Trg
Kotor, Montenegro

Biljarda Hall

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Biljarda Hall Photo, Kotor, Montenegro
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Just a few hundred meters from the monastery is a curious, squat stone building, with a lead roof and circular towers, that is home to the Njegoš and Ethnographic Museums. In 1838, Bishop Petar II Petrović Njegoš (r.1830-51) moved his official residence from the monastery to a new palace building that housed the senate, the bodyguard (who acted as the police force), and the printing press, as well as the bishop’s private apartments. A billiard table was installed in one room, which led the palace to be dubbed Biljarda, a name that remains to this day. Petar’s successo...Read More

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Biljarda Hall
Titov Trg
Kotor, Montenegro

Royal Court

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Royal Court Photo, Kotor, Montenegro
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On the far side of Titov Trg stands the imposing edifice of the Royal Court. Construction of the palace, originally intended as a home to Princess Darinka, wife of Prince Danilo (r.1852-60), began in 1863, but upon its completion in 1871, King Nikola I Petrović (r.1860-1918) decided to move the royal court here. The building underwent reconstruction in 1910 amid a flurry of construction activity that followed Nik’s elevation to king. The building was largely abandoned after the Austro-Hungarian invasion of 1916 saw Nik exiled to Paris. In 1926, the build...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2004

Royal Court
Titov Trg
Kotor, Montenegro

National Historical Museum & Art Gallery

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Attraction | "National Historical Museum & Art Gallery"

National Historical Museum & Art Gallery Photo, Kotor, Montenegro
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The 1910 Baroque Government House is home to the National Historical Museum and Art Gallery. The Historical Museum, founded in 1989, kicks off with a collection of Roman archaeological finds, uncovered during the construction of Avala Hotel in Budva, before going on to tell the story of Montenegro. The fledgling days of the country are illustrated by the throne of Ivan Crnojević and some pillars from the original monastery, casting further doubt on the theory that it ascended to heaven. Exhibits from the early years of the Njegoš dynasty are limited to a...Read More

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National Historical Museum & Art Gallery
Muzeum Trg
Kotor, Montenegro

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