Bijelo Polje is a town in northeastern Montenegro on the Lim River. It has a urban population of 15,400 (2011 census). It is the administrative, economic, cultural and educational center of North Montenegro. It is the unofficial center of the north-eastern region of Montenegro. Bijelo Polje means “White Field” in Serbo-Croatian. According to the traditions of legends, of the fact that once white flowers covered this city completely in spring. Located in a valley it is surrounded by rich meadows, water resources and large forests.
History of Bijelo Polje
Bijelo Polje was within the Ottoman Empire until its liberation by a multi-national force during the Balkan Wars (1912). Under Ottoman rule the city was known as Akova. Bijelo Polje’s Church of Saint Peter and Paul is the place where the famous Unesco Miroslav’s Gospel of Miroslav, brother of the Serb ruler Stefan Nemanja was written.
Culture and sights
Bijelo Polje was the birthplace of the oral poet Avdo Međedović and of many prominent writers, such as Ćamil Sijarić, Miodrag Bulatović, as well as Risto Ratković, who wrote the first Montenegrin novel “Nevidbog”, a story actually set in the city of Bijelo Polje.
City’s best known brand is Rada mineral water, vastly consumed in Montenegro during summer months. Bijelo Polje is also the birthplace of NBA Center Nikola Peković.
Transport to Bijelo Polje
Bijelo Polje is connected to the rest of Montenegro by two motorways. It is situated on the main road connecting Montenegro’s coast and Podgorica with northern Montenegro and Serbia. Bijelo Polje is also a station on Belgrade – Bar railway, the last station in Montenegro for trains leaving for Belgrade, and it serves as a regional train station. Podgorica Airport is 130 kilometer (81 mi) away, and has regular flights to major European destinations.