This is the Mausoleum of Njegoš. It’s one of the most important monuments in Montenegro. The monument is important for two reasons. First, it houses the remains of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš (1813-1851), one of Montenegro’s most prominent leaders. Second, the monument sits on top of a mountain with incredible 360 degree views of Montenegro.
Petar II Petrović-Njegoš was a prince-bishop, a philosopher, and a poet, and many people consider his writings to be among the most important in Montenegrin and Serbian literature.
It’s no wonder then, that his bones should rest at the very top of Montenegro. The Mausoleum of Njegoš sits on a sub peak of Lovćen mountain, (5,738 feet/1,749 meters) within the Lovćen National Park. A long, winding road takes you up the side of the mountain to a spot just below the monument. From there, 461 steps carry you all the way to the top. The view is extraordinary.
Photo by Ken Fuhrer