Visit Cetinje! A former royal capital that exudes culture and heritage
Although not such a popular tourist destination, and at the center of attention when someone mentions Montenegro, Cetinje is definitely worth the visit. This quiet and small city on the opposite side of the greatest Montenegrin jewel Mount Lovćen and praised Boka Kotor Bay, hugged by the limestone mountains, is a true paradise for those who enjoy learning more about heritage and a perfect place to escape the crowed.
Without further ado, here are some of the things you can see in this city and a little about its history.
Cetinje was founded by the lord Ivan Crnojević somewhere in the 15th century (approx. 1482.) and since then, this city has been blessed by its long history and culture. Very soon after its foundation, it received a fort and a monastery. Throughout the years, the city of Cetinje grew rapidly and because of that, it received its title as the first capital of Montenegro.
With the international recognition of Montenegro in 1878, more and more embassies arrived in this beautiful capital, and today, in one such embassy, Bulgarian to be exact, which exudes luxury and sophistication, the Hotel Gradska Cetinje is located.
Today, Cetinje is, besides being an official residence of Montenegrin president, mostly a passing-by stop, outshined by Kotor and Tivat on the other side of the mountain, but it shouldn’t be. The moment you arrive to the city, a magical wind blowing from Lovćen will carry you around its monuments. No matter to which side you head from the Dvorski Trg, you will come across signs leading you to something you are yet to discover.
One such monument is also the King Nicholas Museum which was founded in 1926, within the residence of the last Montenegrin ruler Nikola I Petrović Njegoš, and where you can view carefully preserved materials on the Montenegrin past.
Moving forward, you will come across Njegoš’s residence known as Billiard Palace, built in 1838. The palace has 25 rooms, of which 11 of them are on the ground floor and 14 are on the upper floor. The biggest room belonged to Njegoš and had an original pool table from 1839.
If you walk just a few more meters behind the Billard palace, you will come across Castle Church which was built by King Nikola I of Montenegro in 1890, and the second most famous monastery in Montenegro, the Cetinje Monastery, which used to keep Njegoš’s remains.
From here you have two options, either visit the Mausoleum of the von Bischof Danilo which is about 20 minutes away up the hill on the left side from the monastery, and has an amazing view both of Lovćen and the whole of Cetinje, or heading back towards the well on Dvorski Trg, from where you can walk down the promenade and experience the glory and livelihood of the city.
From other interesting things you should check out, we should mention the National Museum of Montenegro, Djukanovic Palace, Vujovic House, Monument to Princess Ksenia, Museum of Money, and Revolution Square which consists of monuments of the important figures of the city and country.
Additionally, if you pass in between Njegos Park and Park 13. Jul, you will be able to witness the Blue Palace, the official residential place of the Montenegrin president.
Of course, experiencing Cetinje through photos isn’t enough, so make sure that when you head towards Montenegro, you visit it as well. It is very charming and we are sure that its characteristics will leave you speechless. I must say that of all the cities we visited in Montenegro, this city left the biggest impression. Maybe it is because we do enjoy a dash of culture or a pinch of serenity, or maybe because we received the warmest welcome.. but the only way for you to judge it, is to visit it yourself.