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    Statue to Alexander Pushkin

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 28, 2015

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    When we visited Podgorica we liked this statue. I especially like statues you can join in in and this one is a perfect example with its extra chair between the main figures.

    At the time of our visit we had no idea what this statue was. We were unable to read the information next to it which was in Cyrilic. We have since discovered it was a monument to Alexander Pushkin, the great Russian poet. The seated lady is his wife. The statue was a gift from the city of Moscow to Podgorica. The inscription on the statue is a line from a Pushkin poem about Montenegro. It says "Who are these Montenegrins and why they are so tough and dangerous?"

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    Vladimir Vysotsky Monument

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 28, 2015

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    This statue is located on the western side of the Moskovski Pedestrian Bridge. Vladimir Vysotsky was a Russian poet, singer and actor. He wrote more than 800 songs, many of them political in nature. He died in 1980. This memorial shows him clutching his guitar. A frame surrounds him and near his feet lies a skull. This supposedly reminds people he acted in Hamlet a few days before his death.

    The statue was a gift to Monenegro from Russia. Many Montenegrins are not even familiar with Vysotsky and simple refer to the statue as 'the Russian guitarist'. Vysotsky visited Montenegro and fell in love with the country. He even wrote a poem about Montenegro and a line from it is etched into this monument: “I regret in this life that I don′t have two roots, and I can′t name Montenegro as my second homeland.”

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    Partizan Memorial

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 28, 2015

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    I walked up Gorica Hill from Saint George's Church to the Partizan Memorial. This monument was quite impressive. It was built in 1953 by architect Vojislav Dokic and covers the remains of Partizan fighters. The text on the monument says " They loved freedom more than life. In the war of national liberation from 1941 to 1945, 6780 fighters from Montenegro fell and 7479 sons and daughters of Montenegrin people were killed by fascist occupiers and domestic traitors."

    The monument is guarded by two large statues. The monument is a short easy walk from Saint George's Church and is well worth a visit.

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    The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 28, 2015

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    The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ - Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja

    Due to the intense heat we took a taxi to this church then slowly wended our way back via several sights.

    This cathedral is stunning. It is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen and unlike many others in the former Yugoslavia, no-one seemed to mind if you took photos.

    The church is surprisingly very modern. Construction of it began in 1993 and it was completed in 2013. The church has two towers and a large dome. The inside of the church is covered everywhere with the most beautiful paintings.

    Next to the cathedral there is a small chapel and a large graveyard.

    I would strongly recommend a visit to this church if you are ever in Podgorica.

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    Ribnica Bridge and Fortress

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 28, 2015

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    This was the first of Podgorica's sites that I actually really liked.

    The Ribnica River was not at its best; it was completely dry. The stone bridge across it had the odd graffitti tag. The remains of the fortress are few and far between and the centre of the fortress was filled with large rubbish bins. Despite all of this, this sight is worth seeing.

    The Ribnica Bridge crosses the Ribnica River just before it flows into the much larger Moraca River. People were wading in the river or lounging around its edges in their swim wear. There was a very pleasant atmosphere here and this felt like a much loved and favourite spot of the locals. The atmosphere rubbed off and made the area very pleasant. Climbing up to the fortress or up to the bridge over the Moraca River presented us with wonderful views. THe Moraca River is in a deep ravine. It is crossed by many bridges and it is quite stunning.

    The Ribnica Bridge was built by the Ottomans in the fifteenth century. The Ribnica Fortress was also built by the Ottomans in 1474. It was once a massive castle; now only a few walls remain.

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    King Nikola Petrovic Monument

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 28, 2015

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    King Nikola was the last king of Montenegro. He lived from 1841 to 1921. He was a general, a politician and a poet. The statue shows him seated on a horse. It was sculpted by Risto Radmilovic and was unveiled in 2005. Fortunately we saw it before we visited Skopje - a city guaranteed to destroy your interest in statues of men on horses.

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    The Clock Tower - Sahat Kula

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 28, 2015

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    The Clock Tower is one of Podgoricas few remaining historical buildings. It is set in an open square. It is worth a look, but is not overly impressive. It dates from Ottoman times and served to remind people of the five daily calls to prayer. There are two little mosques nearby it.

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    Parks

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 28, 2015

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    Podgorica has several parks. They tend to join togethe or be near each other, so I did not really think of them as separate places. None of them were spectacular. All of them were pleasant. They provide seating and shade from the relentless sun. All of them had lots of grass and trees. Some had flowers, statues and fountains.

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    Karadorde Petrovic Monument

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 4, 2015

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    This statue depicts Karadorde Petrovic a famous general and politician. He lived from 1768 to 1817. The monument is made of bronze and is 3.5 metres high. It was built by Sreten Stojanovic. Karadorde Petrovic was the leader of the First Serbian uprising against the Ottomans in 1804.

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    Saint George's Church

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 4, 2015

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    St George's Church is located at the foot of Gorica Hill. It is the oldest church in Podgorica. There is an icon inside depicting George and the dragon. It is a lovely little church dating from the sixteenth century. Outside it is surrounded by a little graveyard.

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    Monument to Petar 11 Petrovic Njegos

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 4, 2015

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    This is located in a little park near the Moraca River. Petar 11 Petrovic Njegos is seated and hlding a book. He was a bishop, writer and philosopher. The statue was created by Sreten Stojanovic in 1954.

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    The Millenium Bridge - Most Milenijum

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 4, 2015

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    Completed in 2005 this beautiful 140 metre long cable-stayed bridge has become the new symbol of Podgorica. We viewed it from the nearby Moskovski Pedestrian Bridge. It is a very impressive structure with its 57 metre high pylon supporting 36 cables. The bridge crosses the stunning Moraca River. Well worth seeing.

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    Small Church Next to Cathedral

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 4, 2015

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    There was a small church next to the cathedral. When we arrived it was open, but it closed before we could visit. This was not a problem as you could look through the windows to see the lovely interior. Behind the church there was quite a large graveyard.

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    The Ottoman Bathhouse - Tursko Kupatilo

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 4, 2015

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    Podgorica does not have too many old buildings as it was largely flattened in World War 11, so you would think the city would value the ones it does have. That was not the case with the Ottoman bathhouse. City planners decided to build a road above it and this necessitated removing its domed roof.
    The building sits folornly under a road bridge, surrounded by graffitti and, on our visit, next to a dried up river. Despite all of this it still manages to be quite an attractive building. It is currently used as a bookshop and cafe.

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    The Roman Catholic Church.

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 4, 2015

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    This church was the first site we visited because it was between our hotel and the centre of town. It was not open so we did not get to look inside. The church is of an unusual modern architectural design. It is made of concrete and dates from 1969. It was built to replace an earlier church which was flattened in World War 11. It's worth a look but not stunning by any means. The church is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It has around 2000 members.

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