The town of Cetinje is located at the bottom of the mountain Lovcen. From Kotor, it’s just over an hour’s drive by old twisty road. Just traveling towards Cetinje is an experience. It is a very special road from Kotor because there are 25 serpentines climbing towards the top which offers a beautiful view of Kotor Bay. At the top, you can try the Zipline and refresh yourself at a local cafe. The path further leads you through the village of Njegose. a very small tourist village which is very well known for its natural beauties.
Cetinje was the former capital of Montenegro, which was magnificent and lavish in that era. Today it functions as a museum city and because of its huge historical value is full of tourists who visit churches, monasteries, palaces, museums, galleries.
Very interesting is the fact that it had tennis courts in 1906, which was a rarity at that time. And in 1943 the first printed book in the Balkans.
When you visit Cetinje you should stop by its oldest building, the Vlach church, built-in 1450 by Petrović. Dynasty of Njegos has built their residence in 1838. A billiard-shaped castle was named after his favorite game of billiards. Today it is a museum where one can see things and works of a Njegoš.
The Monastery of Cetinje is one of the main symbols of the city and the spiritual stronghold of the Montenegrins. It is a special privilege to walk the royal court through all the authentic premises and see the authentic objects like texts, jewelry, and weapons of that time. Its treasury preserves some of the most important Christian relics, as the life of St. Peter of Cetinje, the hand of John the Baptist and a piece of the Holy Cross of the Lord. The monastery is located at the site of the court of Ivan Crnojević built-in 1482. This court has been repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt over hundreds of years.
Blue Castle is a small building of the sky color built-in 1895 for the son of King Nikola is the official residence of the president of Montenegro. The Government House has an art and history museum. The art gallery opened in 1950 and contains over 4000 items containing works from prominent Yugoslav artists, Montenegrin artists, murals and icons. The most famous icon is the Virgin Mary located in the blue chapel.
Lake’s Peak is the highest point of the Lovćen mountain, which is accessible for a tour of the Mausoleum of Petra II Njegos. It was built after 1924 and sketched by Ivan Meštrović. These sketches were on display at the Brooklyn Museum, but unfortunately for lack of money, it was never put into practice.
You can return to the coast via Budva and the distance is just 55km. It will take you about 1h of an easy downhill ride with a beautiful panorama. Cetinje is certainly one of the best places to visit because it best presents the history of Montenegro and its inhabitants through hundreds of years.
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