Cetinje & Montenegrin History
When we think about the history of Balkan Peninsula, it is hard to believe that country, small as Montenegro managed to survive between the mighty forces like Ottoman Turks, Austria and Venice that were dominating East Adriatic for centuries. Its mountainous and inaccessible terrain, great warriors led by outstanding rulers were the reason why none of these surrounding forces managed to establish real power and control over this small Slavic nation. Not only that we managed to resist, preserving our religion, culture and identity, but we were also recognized at The Congress of Berlin in 1878 as completely independent Principality!
Recognition didn’t come just on the paper, but from all over the World many tsars, kings and rulers sent their decorations to King Nikola’s of Montenegro to show their respect and admiring to such a great success! Cetinje, little mountainous town, suddenly became the official capital of Montenegro and became the place where even 12 different embassies were opened. Still today, beside the former embassies, this is the place where many other impressive buildings are standing such as Cetinje monastery with its rich treasury, former Government House, Theater Zetski dom, Biljarda – the residence of Montenegrin rulers, and Palace of King Nikola, reminding every visitor about glorious history of this Balkan country!