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Vukov most – Vuk's Bridge was built in the second half of the 19th century, to replace older Begov most – the Bey's Bridge, destroyed in 1807 when Montenegrins with support of Russian soldiers attacked the town held by Turks. The bridge was reconstructed at the request of King Nikola, who named it Vukov most, after the famous Montenegrin hero Vuk Micunovic
The bridge crosses the river Zeta at Kapino Polje, at northwest verge of Niksic, on the road to Trebinje, and it is "accompanied" by recently built extension used for motor vehicles traffic.
Updated Sep 22, 2009
Carev most – Tsar's Bridge is one of the most beautiful bridges in Montenegro. It was designed by Josip Slade, at the request of King Nikola. The cornerstone was laid by Bozo Petrovic, President of the State Council on the 23rd of May 1894, and the bridge was opened by King Nikola at the ceremony held on the 20th of October 1894.
The bridge was one of the major construction undertakings, and certainly the peak of a bridge construction in Montenegro, in the late 19th century. It was built with the support of Emperor of Russia Alexander III after whom the bridge was named.
Tsar's Bridge was built of stone, at a length of 269 m and about 600 m of embankment. It has 18 arches, and it is over 13 m high in the middle.
Tsar's Bridge is located on the verge of Niksic, on the old road to Podgorica which passes through Pandurica.
Updated Aug 18, 2009
Most na Mostanici – the bridge on the river Mostanica is Roman bridge built probably in the 3rd century. It is one of the oldest preserved bridges in Montenegro.
We have found the data about bridge being presumably reconstructed or even rebuilt in the immediate post-Roman period, which was proved by supposedly excavated stecak tombstone in the base of one of the bridge pillars. Since it was only mentioned in one internet forum, and we could not find any confirmation of that, it is in the range of maybe.
The simple facts about the bridge are following: it is 2.3 m high, the diameters of the arches are 5.5 m and the pillars are 2 m wide. Obviously not huge, the bridge is nevertheless beautifully designed and very impressive, although its surrounding is not properly maintained.
The bridge on the river Mostanica is on the old road from Niksic to Trebinje, via Grahovo. It is easy to find it by following the road-signs.
Written Aug 18, 2009
Modest church of St George stands on the southeast slope of mount Trebjesa. It was probably erected in the second half of the 16th century. The church was built of roughly carved stone blocks. It has three narrow windows, one on the each side excluding the portal side. The floor was made of stone plates. The church bell is recent acquisition – it was donated to the church in 2000 by Jovanka Djokovic.
Written Apr 22, 2009
Monastery Ostrog is some 42 km from Nikshich on the way to Podgorica.
To get to the Monastery you can eather go with car or ask the bus driver (on the Nikshich-Podgorica run) to let you at the beginnig of the road witch goes up the mountain and proceed to the first vilage.
You can get ride from there to the St Ilija Church, witch is 3 km south of Ostrog and then hike to the Monastery.But many buses from Nikshich and Podgorica go directly to the monastery.
Worth your effort.
The monastery its self is "Hanging" from the rock face.
Updated Feb 8, 2009
The Mostanica Roman Bridge is close to Niksik, and is clearly signposted on the road out to Risan. However, shortly after leaving the main road, you come to a fork in the road where it is not signposted! You need to take the left fork.
The bridge was built in the third century and is one of the oldest Roman bridges in Montenegro.
Updated Dec 2, 2007
Not long before leaving Montenegro for Bosnia I Herzegovina, I noticed a large road sign that said “Crvena Stijena”, which means "Red Rock". We would have liked to visit it but I we had a long journey scheduled from Niksic to Mostar with possibly dinner in Cavtat.
I quote Mike Morley, Jamie Woodward & Robert Whallon, a group of archeologists that dug the place:
Crvena Stijena is a large limestone rockshelter on the border between Montenegro and Bosnia-Hercegovina. The rockshelter contains a very rich archaeological record spanning Middle Palaeolithic to Mesolithic times. Although excavations in the 1960’s and 1970’s removed a good deal of the archaeological and geological record, thick Pleistocene deposits remain and have provided the focus for new investigations at Crvena Stijena that began in 2004.
More than 5 000 various objects were found in Crvena Stijena in the thirty one levels that were dug by arecheologists. This region is one of the most significant paleolithic finds in Europe.
I suppose that if there is such a large road sign, this is not only a place for specialists but that there is also a valuable display for ordinary visitors.
Anyway, I will keep this place in mind for another opportunity.
Written Nov 15, 2007