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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Patricia Daniel (19 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!! ❤❤❤
Vadim Popov (2 years ago)
If you have imagination you will love it. In other time it is just a field with stones :)
Eden N (2 years ago)
Since these are unprotected ruins, most of it have already been taken and put in the museum. Decent place to go to if you have spare time, but a little underwhelming if you're pressed for time. Security guard was very nice and friendly, and tried to give a guided tour despite not speaking fluent English and myself having almost no knowledge of Montenegrin.
Zlatan Olić (3 years ago)
I am satisfied with the approval obtained to mark a few explored places in this archaeological site. The Slavs inhabited this area, and in the sources until the end of the 10th century it was called Duklja. The foundations of the Montenegrin state were precisely the principals of Duklja and Zeta. The site seems rather neglected, and the state authorities should pay more attention in terms of further research, conservation, and wider public presentation and evaluation of the archaeological site.
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