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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Janis Firmo (2 months ago)
If you go to Montenegro you have to visit that place. It’s very old and was the first city of Podgorica. They say that it was created before J.C. And you still can find a big piece of the city. They estimated that around 10.000 people used to live there. Visit it
Amelen Scheen (2 months ago)
Unfortunately, the ruins are quite destroyed, they are littered with trash and old glass bottles. The cliff by the ruins, facing the river is quite lovely to sit at. Just avoid the goat poo...
Lewis Mindy (4 months ago)
Here they are, just waiting for people to visit. They are a little walk out of town but well worth the effort. Extensive area of ruins, some enclosed by a fence but said to be open 24 hours a day. Free entrance and there's a car park area. Wander to your heart's delight. There's a real sense of history here.
Yuri Glushenkov (4 months ago)
There is a lot of rubbish. Especially, on the border of this site.
Iurii Glushenkov (4 months ago)
There is a lot of rubbish. Especially, on the border of this site.
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