Cetinje is located in the southern part of Montenegro, at the feet of the Lovcen Mountain, about 35 km southwest from Podgorica, the new capital of Montenegro. It is less than an hour-long-route from Budva, Podgorica or Kotor.
Cetinje was founded in the 15th century by Ivan Crnojevic the last ruler of strong mediaeval state of Zeta. Cetinje was the historical capital of Montenegro for five centuries.
Cetinje Cultural and Historic Attractions
Cetinje and its cultural and historic attractions represent a very interesting offer for the tourists. The most important historic and cultural monuments are Monastery of Cetinje built at the beginning of the 12th century; Biljarda (the billiard room) – the resident of the ruler Petar Petrovic Njegos; the Palace of King Nikola I Petrovic, the buildings of the French, British, Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Italian embassies from the 19th century; the Government Palace – a monumental structure that represented the power of the state, from the 20th century.
There are several museum representing Centinje’s cultural and historic wealth: Monastery museum, State Museum, Njegos Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Historic Museum, Arts Museum, and the Museum of Electricity Supply System of Montenegro. Most of the museums are integrated into National Museum of Montenegro.
Cetinje was also the cultural and educational center of Montenegro; it is the home of: the Central National Library, the National Museum of Montenegro, the Archive of Montenegro, the Republican Agency for the Protection of Cultural Monuments, and the Royal Montenegrin National Theatre “Zetski dom”.
The oldest library of Cetinje is the Library of the Cetinje Monastery, which was established in the 15th century, during the times of operation of the Crnojevici Printing shop.
The Monastery of Cetinje was built at the beginning of the 12th century on the foundations of the old palace of the Crnojevic dynasty. In the monastery there are valuable exhibits from the medieval period: Sava Nemanjić’s epitrahil (stole), the crown of Stefan Dečanski, the Balšić dynasty’s church flag and the seal and sceptre that belonged to Ivan Crnojević.
There are also collections of valuable icons and medieval manuscripts written on parchment or on paper, as well as many rare books. Among these is the “Oktoih” printed in 1493/94 in the first Cyrillic printing house that belonged to Ivan Crnojević. Two great Christian relics can be found in Cetinje Monastery: the right hand of St. John the Baptist and a part of the Holy Cross of Christ.
Biljarda, Njegos Museum, Cetinje
“Biljarda” is a magnificent stone building, established by Petar II Petrovic Njegoš for the purpose of the Senate offices and as Njegoš’s own dwelling. Today it is a museum where the memory of this famous ruler, poet and bishop is preserved. The building is called the “Biljarda” and is named after the billiard table Njegos brought from Italy. Fifty young men carried the billiard table’s parts from Koror up to Cetinje.
Cetinje Art Museum
The museum is situated in the building of what used to be the Government House, a monumental building designed to represent this very important state institution by its size and appearance.
The Italian architect Corradini designed this building. The museum is housed in large halls. Decorated with luxuriant ornaments, the elegance and style of façades is repeated in the halls.
Cetinje Tourist Information
Tourism Organisation Cetinje
Tel: +382 (41) 231 250
Tel: +382 (78) 108 780
Fax: +382 (41) 231 253