Biljarda Cetinje

Home of the most important montenegrin spiritual and worldly leader

“Dedicated to the life and work of the Montenegrin ruler, poet and thinker, Petar II Petrović Njegoš, who inspired the nation with his words and wisdom”

Home of the most important montenegrin spiritual and worldly leader was the former residence of Petar II Petrovic Njegos. It is located in the historic center of Cetinje, close to Cetinje Monastery. It was built in March 29. 1838. by the plan of the Russian emissaries James Ozerckovskog and with considerable financial help from Russia.
Initially called the new house, but soon got a new name – Biljarda, after the game of billiards, the poet’s favorite game.
Until 1867 Biljarda served the heirs of the great poet Njegos as a residence, first to the Prince Danilo, and then, briefly, to Prince Nicholas. This remarkable building that is primarily related to Njegos, except for residential purposes at certain times it also served to accommodate a variety of state institutions. After it was moved from a monastery, Biljarda served as a press of the author Njegoš, founded in 1834, a seminary and a seminary high school. At the beginning of the 20th century it was used to accommodate the ministries, and between the two world wars for the military institution. Nowadays the Biljarda serves as the museum of the author Njegoš.
Biljarda has approximately 150 exhibits and a library, which with the help of museum artifects, give a great insight into the work and life of Petar II Petrović Njegoš. Important to mention is that Bilijarda includes a relief map of Montenegro created by Austro-Hungarian military engineers during the Austro-Hungarian occupation from 1916 to 1917. The relief is presented in the scale 1:10,000, by area and 1:15,000 by height.