Archaeological sites

For kilometers far from the center of Podgorica,there are the remains of ancient Doclea, set on a wide plateau between the rivers Moraca, Zeta and Širalija,in the first decade of the first century AD.

From the 4th century AD, on the eastern side of the city, an area where Christians lived sprang up,giving rise to churches, and a large Episcopal basilica.

Some valuable examples of found grave inventory - vessels of pottery and glass, jewelery parts, tools, weapons and money, are part of the permanent exhibition of the Museum of the city.

Ancient Doclea was introduced in world archeology by discovery of the famous Podgorica glass, which is now kept in the Hermitage, the Russian Museum.

The first archaeological investigations began in the late nineteenth century and still are going.

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The village of Medun is situated about 12 kilometers north-east from Podgorica, in the Kuci area. It is known for monumental complex that consists of the remains of the Illyrian city Meteon, St. Nikola`s Church and the birthplace of Marco Miljanov, a hero and famous writer, now a memorial museum of the city.

Meteon was one of the centers of the Illyrian tribes Labeati that ruled the Lake Skadar basin. There was a late fourth or early third century BC, in hard ridge that dominates the Medun field. Today, the only visible parts of the massive defensive walls built in the so-called Cyclopean technique. Remains of the town of Medun, with occasional preserved corners and walls, mostly belong to the medieval Turkish fortress.
Among the remains of the fort is the church of St. Nikola, built in the early eighteenth century, according to tradition, on the foundations of an older church.

Next to the church, there are the tombs of Marko Miljanov and his wife Stefa and below, on the saddle-shaped ridge, birthplace of Marko Miljanov Popovic, warrior, statesman and writer, one of the most important figures in the Montenegrin history of the nineteenth century.


Just along the main highway towards Kolašin, about three kilometers from the center of Podgorica, in Doljani is the Monastery Zlatica, the archaeological site of V- IX century.

Within the monastery, there are the remains of once majestic architectural complex, monumental basilicas, built in the V- VI century and a tri-conch church, built between VI and IX century.

The site dates back to the early Christian period, and was rebuilt in 2001.