Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. Podgorica's favourable position at the confluence of the Ribnica and Moraca rivers and the meeting point of the fertile Zeta Plainand Bjelopavlici Valley has encouraged settlement. The city is close to winter ski centres in the north and seaside resorts on the Adriatic Sea.
The name Podgorica was first mentioned in 1326 in a court document of the Kotor archives. The city was economically strong: trade routes between Dubrovnik and the State of Nemanjici, well developed at that time, were maintained via the road that led to Podgorica through Trebinje and Nikšic. As a busy crossroads, Podgorica was a vibrant regional centre of trade and communication. This boosted its development, economic power, military strength and strategic importance. The Turkish occupation of Podgorica in 1474 interrupted its economic, cultural and artistic development. The Turks built a large fortress in Podgorica and the existing settlement, with its highly developed merchant connections, became the main defensive and attacking bastion against rebellious tribes. The fortified city, with towers, gates and defensive ramparts, enabled the Turks to resist all attacks. In 1864, Podgorica became a township (kaza) of Iskodra vilayet called Bögürtlen (Turkish "Blackberry"). It was also known Burguriçe in Albanian.
As part of the Ottoman Empire until 1878, Podgorica has many examples of Turkish architecture. The oldest parts of the city, Stara Varoš (Old town) and Drac are typical of this, with two mosques, a Turkish clock tower and narrow, winding streets.
Sastavci ili Skaline
Sastavci ili Skaline is one of the favorite gathering places for citizens of Podgorica and is located in the heart of the city, near Bridge Blaze Jovanovic, just where the old stone bridge under the river flows into the Ribnica Moraca.
Construction of a modern promenade, with steps, is a popular place began to be called steps, however, the older generation believe that the real name for this always popular holiday resorts, the old name, and only by them - Sastavci.
What is the only really important is that young and old alike enjoy when they find themselves in the embrace of two gems Podgorica - Moraca and Ribnice!
The Old Bridge over Ribnice
The symbol of the river Ribnice are two stone bridges - one of which is located at the mouth of the Ribnice Moraca, whose foundation, according to some circumstantial evidence came from the Roman period, and the other about 500m upstream from the time of Turkish occupation, the so-called Tabacki bridge.
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