Cetinje In Your Pocket

    Cetinje In Your Pocket
    High up in the mountains, 30 kilometres west of Podgorica, Cetinje (www.cetinje.me) was Montenegro's capital city from the 15th century until 1946. It's an important cultural, religious and historical centre for Montenegrins and even though it never had more than a few thousand inhabitants throughout its chequered past, Cetinje is still regarded as the country's true capital by many.
    In the 19th century the town boomed and many impressive embassy buildings were erected along with palaces. Some national institutes such as the president's palace and the national library are still located here, it's very much a backwater, with the real decisions being made downhill in Podgorica. Nowadays, Cetinje has a calm spa resort feeling to it, with fresh mountain air and people strolling aimlessly all over the place, eating pizza and ice cream or buying tourist tat from the stands on the main square.
    Cetinje lives in the past, and there's a multitude of museums to visit grouped around the main square. All are open 09:00-17:00 except on Mondays and admission costs €3-5.
    The National museum (Državni Muzej) inside King Nicholas' palace can only be visited on guided tours, but it's worth the effort as it has beautiful period rooms from 1867, filled with paintings and ferocious-looking swords. The Ethnographic Museum (Etnografski Muzej), set in the former Serbian embassy, is a good place to learn about Montenegro's colourful traditional clothing and the development of national art. The large History Museum (Istorijski Muzej) is a rambling complex of rooms with exhibits including Turkish flags and old weapons, while the Art Museum (Umjetnički Muzej) has a good collection of icons and modern art. Finally, the Cetinje Monastery Museum (Manastirska Riznica) has valuable items from the treasury on show.

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