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Podgorica

  Podgorica – located 86 km. from from popular tourist destination of Kotor, this is the capital of Montenegro and the largest city in the country (population: 187,085). In Montenegrin, the city’s name means “under the small hill”. More importantly, this city was previously known as “Titograd” during the years that Montenegro was part of … Continue reading Podgorica

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Ribnica Bridge

Ribnica Bridge (Stara Varos, Podgorica) – this ancient-looking bridge, which goes over Rubnica River, was actually built during the Ottoman period, and along with the “Sahat Kula” clock tower, are but two items still standing from that period at Podgorica (since much of the city was bombed during World War II).    

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Sahat Kula

  Sahat Kula (Trg Becir Bega Osmanagica bb | Stara Varos, Podgorica) – this is a clock tower that was built during the 18th century by Ottoman general Hafis Pasha – one of the few remaining structures from that period. Located near the train station in the original old town district, this tower was once … Continue reading Sahat Kula

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St. Luke’s Church

Iglesia de San Lucas (Trg. Sv. Luke, Stari Grad, Kotor) – también conocida como “Iglesia de Sveti Luka”, esta iglesia data del siglo XII (con vestigios de la arquitectura romana y bizantina). Originalmente era una iglesia católica pero terminó siendo ortodoxa a mediados del siglo XVII. En estos días, hay un altar católico y otro … Continue reading St. Luke’s Church

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St. Nikola

St. Nikola (island) – this island is located near the seaside resort town of Budva. Both locals and foreign visitors conduct day trips to this island (via taxi-boat or small vessel) to sunbathe. Nowadays, a portion of the island is private property but there is a new restaurant, two well kept beaches and the building … Continue reading St. Nikola

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St. Stefan

St. Stefan (Sveti Stefan, Budva) – this island, connected to the city of Budva by a causeway, has 118 villas, which still manage to retain their medieval architecture and Mediterranean charm. Its maritime location demanded that defensive walls were built around St. Stefan during the medieval period, which explains the existence of gunsmiths and cannons … Continue reading St. Stefan

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St. Tryphon’s Cathedral

St. Tryphon’s Cathedral (Stari Grad 336, Kotor) – located in Kotor’s old town, this cathedral is named after Kotor’s patron saint. Religious & cultural artifacts shown here go as far back as 809 AD (when another church was built at this location). Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (daily). Admission: €1.50 (adult), free for children. … Continue reading St. Tryphon’s Cathedral

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Vladimir Vysotsky Monument

Vladimir Vysotsky Monument (Jovana Tomasevica bb, Podgorica 81000) – another of the few touristy sights in Podgorica is this monument dedicated to Russian bard Vladimir Vysotsky (who died in 1980). Located near the Millennium Bridge, it was a gift from Moscow and place there in 2004. Surrounded by a geometrical metal frame which reflects a … Continue reading Vladimir Vysotsky Monument

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Pima Palace

Pima Palace (Flour Square, Kotor) – this 17th century Renaissance building was built after the 1667 earthquake which destroyed much of Kotor. The palace portal with the terrace was built in the Renaissance style, while the windows and upper balcony which laid on the twelve consoles were built in Baroque style. The balcony rail was … Continue reading Pima Palace

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Partizan Memorial

Partizan Memorial (Gorica Hill, Podgorica) – built during the 1950s, this monument honors the partisan fighters who liberated Podgorica from the Italian Axis forces during World War II, and it comes in the form of a gleaming white mausoleum flanked by fierce-looking Partizan fighters. Designed by architect Vojislav Đokić and sculptor Dragan Đurovic after a … Continue reading Partizan Memorial