A view that only the city rampart has! Onogošt fort has guarded Nikšić for centuries!

There is really a lot to see in Montenegro, from natural beauty, but also sights that have been hiding secrets for centuries. One such landmark, around which today’s Nikšić developed, is Onogošt. This beautiful, although somewhat abandoned, fortress is located on a steep hill that rises to about 20-25 meters above the Nikšić field.

Although not much is known about it,  it has a view that could have meant a lot.

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Onogost Niksic, Photo: Adria.fun

 

There are various interpretations about the time of creation of the first fortress of Nikšić – Onogošt. The construction of the walls and the general plan of the fort in the form of a quadrilateral with towers at the corners confirm the assumptions that it was built on the foundations of a former Roman military fort from the 4th century. This is supported by the fact that today’s Nikšić is mentioned in Roman written sources as Anderva, a Roman settlement at the time of Julius Caesar.

 

Onogost Niksic, Photo: Adria.fun

 

The fortress and the city of Nikšić have been demolished, rebuilt, and expanded over the centuries, thus changing its appearance and owners. The Ottomans rebuilt the fort at the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th century, so until 1877, Onogošt represented a strong stronghold of Turkish power in a wider area.

At that time, it consisted of the Upper Town with six towers, and the Down Town, which had five. At the end of the period of Ottoman rule, the fort lost its function and was then left to decay.

 

 

Onogost Niksic, Photo: Adria.fun

 

The Onogošt fortress is 214 meters long and about 30 meters wide in its middle (widest) part. It stretches in a north-south direction and is visible when you pass the main road from Plužine to Podgorica.

 

 

Onogost Niksic, Photo: Adria.fun

 

Today, the Onogošt fortress has been partially restored and is used as a summer stage. Entrance to the fortress is free!

 

 

 

 

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