Zabljak Crnojevica Castle

Lake Skadar, Montenegro

Žabljak Crnojevića is an abandoned medieval fortified town in Montenegro located on the confluence of the Morača river in Lake Skadar. It is believed that this fortress was founded in the 10th century during the reign of the Vojislavljević dynasty in then-known Dioclea, whereas the first known written testimony of the fortress originate from mid-15th century.

The fortress served as the capital of Zeta under the Crnojević dynasty from 1466 till 1478, being the seat of Stefan and Ivan Crnojević. However, Ivan Crnojević was forced to move the capital in 1478 when the Turks seized the town during the siege of Shkodra, holding it until the decision of the Berlin Congress in 1878 when it fell under Montenegrin administration once again after 400 years of Turkish rule.

The town has tall walls with towers, as well as one gate. Within the walls can be found Ivan Crnojević's court, Church of Saint George (was turned into a mosque during Ottoman rule), housing and military facilities, a warehouse for clothes and a water tank, most of which are preserved.

In the early 17th century, the town was under Turkish rule. The fortress had only one resident, the Dizdar Aga (Turkish official).

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Founded: 10th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Montenegro

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Drago Del Fabro (4 years ago)
Grmozur je majhen skalnati otok na Skadarskem jezeru pri vasi Vranjina. Otok imenujejo tudi: ''ptičji otok'', kačji otok'' in ''mali Alcatraz. Ptičji otok po številnih pticah ki gnezdijo ali pa le počivajo na toku. Kačji otok, po številnih, predvsem vodnih kačah, ki se na otok zatečejo, predvsem pri visokem vodostaju, poplavah. Mali Alcatraz, pa zaradi otoško, skalne lege, ter dejstva, da je skozi zgodovino utrdba služila tudi kakor zapor, predvsem politični. Na otoku so bili zaprti beograjski študentje, obtoženi sodelovanja pri poizkusu atentata na kralja Nikolo. Območje je 1905 prizadel močan rušilni potres. Ogled MOČNO PRIPOROČAM. Ogled vam omogočajo številni domačini s svojimi večjimi ali manjšimi plovili, ali pa si najamete kajak…barantajte za ceno.
Krzysztof Glazer (4 years ago)
Nazywana czarnogórskim Alcatraz. Na tej malutkiej (430 m2) kamiennej wysepce znajdują się ruiny osmańskiej twierdzy zbudowanej w roku 1843. Po zwycięskim odbiciu tureckiej twierdzy przez czarnogórców w 1878, twierdzę zamieniono na więzienie dla morderców i złodzieji. Później osadzano tu więźniów politycznych. W roku 1905 twierdza w wyniku trzęsienia ziemi doznała poważnych uszkodzeń. W chwili obecnej można ją podziwiać tylko z zewnątrz opływając ją łodzią lub z brzegu jeziora.
Milan Dimić (5 years ago)
Mesto koje vredi posetiti!
Ondřej Měřička (5 years ago)
Paráda :)
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