“The historic and cultural capital of Montenegro holds great beauties which will capture your awe and heart so you will always feel a strong connection with Cetinje”
Located in the karst field (Cetinje field) at the foot of the mountain Lovcen, between the Bay of Kotor, Skadar Lake and the Adriatic Sea, Cetinje is the throne place of Montenegrin history and a town in the mountain region. Due to its authentic and awe-inspiring architecture as well as for a large number of historic buildings, relics, monasteries, churches and museums, this city is also known by its generally accepted name “museum city”. Cetinje is a town of immense historical heritage, founded in the 15th century. It became the center of Montenegrin life and both a cradle of Montenegrin culture and an Orthodox religious center. It is because of its heritage as a long-term Montenegrin capital that it is today the honorary capital of Montenegro.
What to see in Cetinje
Cetinje, being the historic and cultural capital of Montenegro has many beautiful locations and monuments for every visitor.
Cetinje Monastery is dedicated to the birth of the Virgin Mary. It was built in 1484 by Ivan Crnojević and then became the seat of the Bishopric of Zeta. After 1493 the bishop of this diocese were called “Montenegrin and coastal”. The monastery was demolished to the ground in 1692 by the Turks, but was restored by the Bishop Danilo, not far from its original location. On this occasion, a new monastery was built from the stones of the old, and transferred to the plate with the coat of arms Crnojevića and dedication of John Crnojevića.
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.
Located in the southwestern part of Montenegro, Lovcen rises from the edge of the Adriatic basin, thereby closing a long and meandering Boka bay, making the background of an ancient maritime town of Kotor. The relatively narrow space numerous and diverse forms of relief intersect, accentuated in the central part of the mountain, where the highest points of Lovcen are Stirovnik and Lake’s peak. The National Park comprises the central and highest part of Lovcen massif area 6220 hectares. It was declared a national park 1952. National park Lovćen is 24 km (37 minutes) away from Cetinje.
National Park Lovcen has nine different habitats over a very small area. The large number of habitats resultet in a diverse flora and fauna. This national park has approximately two thousand plants. This abundance of life is a result of extreme differences in altitudes and under influence of two climates: Mediterranean and Continental. The combination of the two climates resulted in the creation of rich habitats and unique flora and fauna.
At the top of the national park Lovćen is the mausoleum of the famous Montenegrin ruler and poet Petar II Petrović Njegoš. This imposing building with 461 stairs that lead from parking lot to mausoleum itself is the final resting place of the greatest Montnegrin ruler. Surrounded with stunning views, massive mountains and a breath taking national park. The construction of the mausoleum began in 1951 until 1974 when the mausoleum was open for public visitation. The entire national park Lovćen with its region is considered sacred by Montenegrins. Lovcen is symbol of Montenegro and gives it national identity. Lovćen is to Montenegrins What the Statue of Liberty is to Americans.
Lipa Cave is one of the largest cave monuments in Montenegro. It boasts a beautiful and wild cave system with 2.5 km of passages and halls and offers a unique experience of the underground world. Its beauty was recognised by King Nikola I and Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, who played a very important role in the Montenegrin history.
Today, the cave is available for a memorable experience with local guides in line with high environmental conservation standards. Cave tours are accessible very easily (just 33 km from Budva, 35 km from Podgorica and 5 km from Cetinje) and perfectly safe. All our efforts are focused on providing an unforgettable cave adventure to our visitors. Local guides are kind, helpful and well-trained.The temperature in the cave is between 8-12 degrees.
Get ready for a pure adventure in a low-carbon tourism experience in the nature.