Doclea Roman Ruins

Podgorica, Montenegro

Doclea (also Dioclea) was a Roman city, the seat of the Late Roman province of Praevalitana, and an Archbishopric, which is now a Latin Catholic titular see.

The Romanized Illyrian tribe known as Docleatae that inhabited the area derived their name from the city. It was the largest settlement of the Docleatae, founded in the first decade of the 1st century AD. Doclea was built to conform to the terrain. It was a large town with 8–10,000 inhabitants. The surrounding area had a relatively high population density within a radius of 10 km due to the city's geographical position, a favorable climate, positive economic conditions and defensive site that were of great importance at that time.

After the administrative division of the Roman Empire in 297, Doclea became the capital of the newly established Roman province of Praevalitana.

In the 4th and the 5th centuries, it was taken by the barbarian tribes and went into decline. At the beginning of the 5th century, it was attacked by the Germanic Visigoths. A severe earthquake destroyed it in 518. The South Slavs proceeded to rebuild the settlement in the 7th century. The historical ruins of the town can be seen today.

Circa 400, the city became the seat of an archdiocese, apparently Metropolitan as capital of a Late Roman province Dalmatia Superior. It was suppressed in 927. From 1034 till circa 1100, it was nominally united (as a title) with the then still Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bar (Antivari), also in modern Montenegro.

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Founded: 0-100 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Montenegro

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Edin H. (15 months ago)
Stunning place, but needs more investment and touristic promotion. The tourist organisation should do something more or add some improvements for this important historical site
Edo Timmermans (16 months ago)
It is not a big site, but there are some nice Roman columns and stones with Roman writing. Considering the historical importance it would be nice if the place was taken care of better, the good thing about that maybe is that few people go there, it is a bit away from the beaten track.
Muhamed Mevic (19 months ago)
Nice place to visit. Some piece and quiet and historical ruins 15 minutes with bike from the city center. Often the gates are closed around the site, don't understand why. The site is left to itself which is very frustrating having in mind its historical importance.
Patricia Daniel (23 months ago)
~4€ by taxi from town center. Beautiful. Take about an hour to wander around and see everything.
Anđela Vukčević (2 years ago)
One of the most enchanting places in Podgorica! The place is so full of history....Standing there, on these magnificent ruins, sparked my imagination on such an incredible level....definitely a must-see!! ❤❤❤
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