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CETINJE

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THE GLOW OF THE SMALLEST EUROPEAN CAPITAL

What gives deeper meaning and importance to the Montenegrin beauties? Where does a different story about this country begin? The story about its history, culture, ideals, wanderings and achievements? Cetinje, Historic Royal Capital of Montenegro is a picturesque testimony to the past times, the foundation of Montenegrin identity and spirituality. Visit the buildings of European embassies and find out more about historical and political circumstances. King Nikola’s Palace is an opportunity to peek into the premises where one of the most significant Montenegrin dynasties lived and to take a closer look at the place where the only Montenegrin king stayed. Cetinje Monastery stores some of the most important relics, while you can see the famous icon of the Virgin Filermosa in the Blue Chapel of the National Museum of Montenegro. Under the snow, Cetinje will look like the scenery of a good and old movie, but in the spring, the smell of century-old lindens will be your everlasting memory of this city. Cetinje is perhaps the smallest European capital, but it is the city of the large history and charm, which will certainly attract you.

KING NIKOLA’S PALACE

HOME OF THE MONTENEGRIN ROYAL FAMILY

At the residence of the last Montenegrin ruler, king Nikola I Petrović Njegoš a museum was founded in 1926 and its permanent exhibit provides to the visitors an insight into the life, habits and lifestyle of the Montenegrin Royal family. 

The tour through the Palace, which counts 19 rooms consists of variety of collections, with special emphasis on the arms and weapons, medals, flags, plaques, emblems, photographs, as well as archaeological, numismatic, artistic, ethnographic and art pieces. 

The large royal inventory includes dishes and textiles, clothing and personal items of the royal family members, traditional costumes and others. Palace’s rich library is dominated by an incunabula from the Crnojević printing house: Oktoih Osmoglasnik printed in Cetinje in 1493, the first printed book among the South Slavs. Art collection includes paintings, prints, drawings and watercolors, as well as icons and sculptures by famous European and regional artists.

A tour in the museum is a unique opportunity to get familiar with the rooms that hosted some of the most significant events of the Montenegrin history. Authentic artifacts will bring closer the habits and a lifestyle of the Royal Family of Montenegro.

FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN CETINJE

After the international recognition of its sovereignty at the Congress of Berlin in 1878, many countries established formal diplomatic relations with Montenegro. Italy, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia, Belgium, Bulgaria, England, Russia, France, Germany and the United States opened their representative offices… Fascinating buildings of architectural styles from the end of the 19th century started to appear in Cetinje. Classicism dominated mostly, Romanism and secessions less. 

With the arrival of foreign embassies, Cetinje started to accept habits and lifestyles of great European centres of that time. “The smallest capital” and its charm and beauty were being increasingly talked about. In a way, that period may be also observed as the heyday of Cetinje, after times of hard wars, fight for freedom and preservation of the identity. 

Today, buildings of foreign embassies in Cetinje are much more than beautiful constructions. Their purpose is different today, and their historical significance for this town and country is immense.

CETINJE MONASTERY

HOME OF THE MONTENEGRIN SPIRITUALITY

One of the most representative images of Cetinje is the monastery. Its treasury stores some of the most significant Christian relics such as the life of St. Peter of Cetinje, a hand of John the Baptist and particles of the Holy Cross. The monastery is located in the place where the Palace of Ivan Crnojevic used to be, at the foot of Orlov Krs. It was elected by Bishop Danilo, and the significant part of architectural heritage of Crnojević Monastery was kept in its construction.

MUSEUMS IN CETINJE

TREASURIES OF THE MONTENEGRIN CULTURAL TREASURE AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE

Museums in Cetinje represent a unique opportunity to learn about different periods of the rich Montenegrin culture, as well as all those that represent the most significant achievements of the national cultures during the past centuries. The settings you visit as well as the opportunity to step into the premises where Montenegrin rulers were born and where they lived, may provide more complete and different view on this country and the influences which have formed it as it is today.

You must not miss the chance to see the Palace of King Nikola, the only Montenegrin King, to see the private rooms of the dynasty Petrović, an extremely valuable collection of the Ethnographic Museum, the famous blue chapel with the icon Virgin Filermosa. The inevitable station is Memorial Museum “Biljarda”, dedicated to the great Montenegrin spiritual and secular ruler, the writer and philosopher – Petar II Petrović Njegoš. When it comes to the lovers of the modern art, you can visit Montenegrin Art Gallery “Miodrag Dado Đurić”, located in the most modern gallery room in the entire country, and a lot of it, which is hiding behind the doors of numerous museums in Cetinje…

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