Cetinje Monastery

Cetinje, Montenegro

The Serbian Orthodox Cetinje Monastery was founded between 1701 and 1704 by Prince-Bishop Danilo I on the site of the former court of Ivan Crnojević (founded 1485).

Cetinje was attacked by Ottomans on 25 September 1692. Instead of fighting, Venetians entered negotiations, and reached an agreement to abandon the monastery under honorable terms. However, they mined a monastery with a time bomb, which set of in the evening hours, right after Venetians retreated and as the Ottomans were victoriosly entering the monastery, killing many of them in the process.

Vladika Danilo re-established the monastery in 1701 or 1704 and added a tablet with the coat of arms of the Crnojević family, and a dedication to Ivan Crnojević. Before 1714, it was burnt, and then it was reconstructed yet again around 1743 by Metropolitan Sava Petrović Njegoš. Cetinje became again the center of spiritual, cultural and political life of the Prince-Bishopric of Montenegro.

The last time monastery was devastated was in 1785, when Mahmud Pasha Bushati sacked Cetinje. Ultimately defeated at Battle of Krusi, his decapitated head is since then kept as a relic in the monastery. It has been built on several times, the current appearance dates to 1927. The original site of the monastery, known as Ćipur was used in 1886 by Prince Nicholas of Montenegro for his Court church. The position of the newly built church follows the lineup of the original one from inside the monastery complex. Today its ruin along with couple of pillars can be seen.

There are several relics in the monastery: remains of St. Peter of Cetinje, right hand of John the Baptist, particles of the True Cross, icon of the Philermos Mother of God, royal crown of Serbian king Stephen Uroš III Dečanski, among others.



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Founded: 1701-1704
Category: Religious sites in Montenegro


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BooksBoozeViews (14 months ago)
Museum was closed. Chapel was open but no photos, and a priest watched... The frescoes are great, but no different than others of the same period that you are able to photograph in other monasteries. The dude in front of me kissed most of the icons and several frescoes...you're telling me that's better for the artwork than me taking a photo? I pray too, but I don't swap spit with a relic.
Nihat Karabiber (17 months ago)
Historical place, it was full of Montenegro flags when we visited.
Aleksandra Bartkowiak (2 years ago)
Beautiful views and mausoleum. It’s not overcrowded with tourists. Definitely worth visiting make sure you grab a bottle of water with u as there’s lots of steps.
Adrianna Tondi (2 years ago)
Nice place to just walk around and look at the buildings. There was a wedding going on when we went to it was pretty cool to watch that. Other than that, not many rooms to tour but the buildings are beautiful from the outside. The gift shop is available for purchases and there are tents set up not too far away with vendors selling antiques and souvenirs.
Milos Lalevic (3 years ago)
To me, one of the most beautiful monasteries in Montenegro. It is located in the city of Cetinje, if you go from Podgorica to Cetinje, the road is fantastic. In the monastery itself is the hand of St. Jovana , the Bridge of St. Peter of Cetinje, one of the priests will surely open a chest for you to pray. My recommendation to everyone who goes to Cerinje to stop, and visit this beautiful monastery.
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