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Aerial view of Cetinje, the old royal capital of Montenegro © Madrugada Verde, Shutterstock
Capital of the early 20th-century Kingdom of Montenegro, Cetinje is home to a variety of museums and an important monastery.
Set deep in the Zetan Plain, Podgorica is certainly today’s administrative capital but speak to any Montenegrin and you will quickly discover a visceral attachment to the mountain fastness of Cetinje that for 500 stormy years held that position. From the coast and from the plain, two roads climb dizzily to converge then briefly drop into the lap of mighty Lovćen, the black mountain whose summit bears the mausoleum of the vladika – Prince-Bishop Petar II Petrović Njegoš, the greatest Montenegrin of them all.
The climate in Cetinje is moderate – continental with cool dry summers and considerable winter snowfall. The city sits 670m above sea level.