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The city of Andrijevica in Montenegro.

Andrijevica is a town in eastern Montenegro. It has a population of 1,073 inhabitants. Its territory is outspread on 340 km2 and it is surrounded by massives of mountains Komovi, Bjelasica and Prokletije. Andrijevica is the center of Andrijevica Municipality with a population of 5,785 and is considered unofficial centre of Vasojeviฤ‡i region.

History of Andrijevica

The town of Andrijevica is a relatively new settlement, as its first rudiments begin in the middle of the nineteenth century. However, the territory the municipality is for a long time the area of human activity and space with numerous settlements that appeared and disappeared during the history. Archaeological research of the Institute for monuments protection from Cetinje in 1956, it was discovered that traces of material-culture from Neolithic period exist in Berane valley. In addition, traces of the Illyrian culture were found also, so it can be assumed that the environment of Andrijevica was ecumenical space of numerous groups of people. Remainders of Roman settlements are also present in Berane valley, as well as in the vicinity of Andrijevica town.

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During the Middle ages, the fort of Grace existed, 1 kilometer from today’s town of Andrijevica. The fort was probably guarding the road along the Lim river, which was part of the main road network between Raลกka and Zeta. This period saw emergence of a number of smaller villages and settlements, all of which predate the Andrijevica town. During the rule of House of Nemanjiฤ‡, it was noted that the area of Andrijevica was densely populated with Orthodox Christian population. In the Nemanjiฤ‡ era, the center of the area was Budim grad, some 15 kilometer from today’s town. A descendant of the Nemanjiฤ‡ house, Andrija, built a church called Andrijevina, which was razed by the Ottomans in 1765. In nineteenth century, the warrior tribe of Vasojeviฤ‡i, which was frequently rebelling against Ottoman rule, began forming a settlement around the new church of Andrijevina, which will eventually become Andrijevica. In 1858, Vasojeviฤ‡ Duke Miljan Vukov proclaims Vasojeviฤ‡i region a part of Montenegro. From that point, the settlement gradually expands into town, but World War I interrupt its development. Andrijevica was center of the county (Okrug) from the 1918 to 1921, and the inter-war period was a time of rapid development for the town. After World War II, the town was first the seat of the district (srez), and then of municipality (opลกtina) until 1960. Andijevica was restored with municipality status in 1991. The economy of Andrijevica was struck heavily with the decline of the industry during the Yugoslav Wars, hence population of municipality is declining slowly but steadily.

Tourism in Andrijevica

Andrijevica is surrounded by the mountains Komovi, Bjelasica and Prokletije. City is placed on a terace 40 meter above the river Lim. This municipality has a huge tourism potential because of stunning intact nature that surrounds it and central location. Activities that can be applied here are: mountaineering (alpinism, hiking), biking, rafting, fishing. Main tourist attraction is the mountain Komovi. This mountain can be accessed by a car in less than 45 minutes, by a mountain asphalt serpentine road Andrijevica – Mateลกevo.

Transport to Andrijevica

Andrijevica is connected with rest of Montenegro by two-laned motorways. Local roads connect Andrijevica with Berane and Kolaลกin both around 30 kilometer (19 mi) away, where local roads merge with E65/E80 road, which is main road connection of Montenegro’s coast and Podgorica with northern Montenegro and Serbia. Andrijevica is on the corridor of the future Belgrade – Bar motorway. Podgorica Airport is around 120 km (75 mi) away, and has regular flights to major European destinations.

Accommodation in Andrijevica

As many of the more northern Montenegrin towns, Andrijevica is a city with a small number of visitors. Especially to the Komovi mountains it has a convenient location. What is an important development for Andrijevica is that it is on the route of the future highway between Belgrade and Bar. This will certainly have economic and tourist consequences as a stopover for those who want to travel from Serbia to the Montenegrin coast.


The city of Andrijevica in Montenegro.

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