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The path of the Crnoevich dynasty

The lands near Lake Skadar more than a thousand years ago were chosen for settlements by the ancestors of modern Montenegrins. The cultural heritage of the first Slavic states of Duklya on this territory, and then Zeta is sacredly revered by the Montenegrin people. Testifying to the rich past, numerous Orthodox monasteries and fortresses are located along the coast of Lake Skadar and on its rocky islands. In almost every one of the many lake islands, monasteries were built in the Middle Ages, hence another name - "Zeta Athos".

We will visit the cradle of Montenegrin statehood - the medieval monastery of Kom on Lake Skadar, the town of Rijeka Crnojević on the banks of the picturesque Obod River and the fortress of Žabljak Crnojević, which was the capital of the Crnojevic dynasty from 1466-1478.

Kom Monastery is located on a rocky island in the middle of the famous Skadar Lake. The church is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is assumed that it was built in the period from 1415 to 1427. For some time there was the location of the Zeta Metropolitanate.

The fortress of Zabljak Crnojevic was named after the ruling Crnojević dynasty, from 1466 to 1478, it was the capital of the Chernojević dynasty. Presumably founded in the 10th century, during the reign of the Voislavlevich dynasty. In 1475, Prince Ivan Crnojevic of Zeta, under the onslaught of the Ottomans, was forced to move his capital to Obod, and then to Cetinje. In 1478. Zabljak was occupied by the Turks. The Montenegrins repeatedly tried to capture Žabljak, and in 1835 10 Montenegrins crossed the wall and captured the fortress, capturing a garrison of 60 people, after which they kept the city from a 3,000-strong Turkish detachment for three days.