Mausoleum of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš (Prince-Bishop of Montenegro), 1813-1851, is located atop an mountain in Lovćen National Park. Petar II was a poet and philosopher whose works are widely considered some of the most important in Montenegrin and Serbian literature.

Njegoš requested to be buried at a tiny chapel he had built before his death in 1851. Unfortunately the it was badly damaged during a war and his body was moved to its current mountaintop home. More than a hundred years later in 1974, Montenegrin authorities replaced Njegoš’ burial chapel with an impressive mausoleum.

The dramatic building is reached after taking a long road that winds up the mountain, followed by a hike up 461 steps on foot. Inside the mausoleum is a large granite statue of Njegoš, a darkened room that contains his tomb, and a 360-degree stone viewing circle.

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Vladimir Bogosavljevic (23 months ago)
One of 'must see' places in Montenegro!!! Astonishing view on the Adriatic sea, Boka Kotorska Bay and whole Montenegro, all the way to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. After hundreds of steps climb, visitors go out from the tunnel and get stunned by the view and achievement of the architect and contractors. Mausoleum with sculptures of the women in Montenegrin dresses (apparently his mother and sister) made of stone, each 7.5 tons weight. Inside, there's most famous sculpture of Njegoš (28 tons weight) with eagle above. In the crypt, sarcophagus of Njegoš stands.
michal bambusz (2 years ago)
There is an impozant view. Absolutely best in Montenegro. But there are a lot of tourists. We were there at the end of September that means after turistical season, and there were a big volume of turists. You have to buy ticket (2E) per person as entrance to the peak. And you have to buy another ticket (3E) as entrance to the Mausoleum, we were not there, there is nothing interesting. You have to park before the peak on the road. View is excellent.
Jernej Kolbl (2 years ago)
One of the best panoramas that I have seen. I would really recommend it. Take enough time in account to go upstair and buy the ticket for the mausoleum. With the ticket you can go to the additional sightseeing platform with beautiful view. The street is perfect for motorcycles.
Dávid Kosdi (2 years ago)
If you are not self-confident in parking leave your car here: 42.397226, 18.843080 and walk up to the restaurant additional 500m. The road can be dangerous if you are not paying enough attention. (roads are narrow for 2 cars) The view is nice from the entrance of the mausoleum.
Sabina Sadykhova (2 years ago)
Hard to climb through 461 stairs, but absolutely worth it! The view through whole Montenegro and a great mausoleum itself!
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