City of Cetinje

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Cetinje (map) is the historic capital of Montenegro. The city is of enormous historical and spiritual value to Montenegro. During the siege of the Ottoman empire, Montenegro itself had, at numerous times, been reduced to just Cetinje and its surroundings.

Cetinje is a town of 19,000 located in the small valley under the Lovćen mountain. It was founded in the 15th century by Ivan Crnojevic. His son founded the first printing house in the South Slavs – about the time the Columbus discovered America!

Due to the strategic nature of Montenegro, it being an independent state on the border of the Ottoman Empire, all of the major European powers had an embassy in Cetinje.

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Cetinje, especially the historical center of the city, is small enough, and everything is within walking distance.

*Cetinje Monastery (map). The most famous Orthodox monastery in Montenegro. Re-built in 1785. Features several relics including the remains of Saint Peter of Cetinje, the right hand of John the baptist, the remains of Peter II Petrovic, and the crown of Steven Uros IV Dusan, midevil emperor of Serbia. National Museum of Montenegro (map). History section and art section.

Close to Cetinje (about 5 km / 3.1 mi) the Lipa cave (Lipska pecina, map) is situated, one of the biggest caves in the former Yugoslavia. Its entrance is located in the village of Lipa and it ends in the mountains directly over the Adriatic Sea.

You cannot find private rooms in Cetinje as easily as in other, more touristic, Montenegrin towns.

Public transport

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 BUS >   Online bus schedule – Maybe the best way to get to Cetinje. It is less than hour drive from both Podgorica and Budva.

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