The mausoleum of Petar Petrovic Njegos built of limestone and granite can be found on top of Mount Lovcen. It was Njegos’s last wish, the greatest ruler of the Montenegrins who was a bishop and a poet at the same time to be buried there. The big statue in the mausoleum was sculpted by Mestrovic. The statue was getting dusty for a long time in a store-room but later it was carried up to the peak with the help of big haulers and winches.
The Mausoleum was dedicated by Duke Danilo in 1855 in a church built by Njegos himself. Each Montenegrin sees in this man the personification of all that he or she holds sacred. The road climbs 20 km from Cetinje to the car park, from which 461 step lead to the Mausoleum and, in clear weather, a stunning 360 degrees view of mountains and coast. For an unworldly experience try it in a thunderstorm. On a clear day its even possible to see the Italian coast.
There are no posted trails in the park but the way to the summit is easy to pick out. It takes about three hours to walk on foot from Cetinje to the Mausoleum (by road), or with shortcuts, about two hours from Bajice at the edge of town.
From Njegusi to mausoleum it takes about one and a half hours, with obvious shortcuts.
Touristical information about the Njegos Mausoleum
Entrance costs for visitors are 3 euro for adults and for children it is less. Inside the Njegos mausoleum there is also the opportunity to dress yourself in the traditional Montenegrin costume and take pictures with it.
Tours to the Njegos Mausoleum