Cetinje has been and still is the capital of Montenegro. A small town at the foot of Mountine Lovcen built in the fifteenth century in Cetinje field during the reign of Ivan Crnoijević. The city is first mentioned in 1440.and already in 1450. on Cetinje was built Vlach church. At the site of his palace (built in 1482.) in 1701.Bishop Daniel built the famous monastery of Cetinje, in which are kept the three major Christian relics: the hand of John the Baptist, particle of the Holy Cross and the icon of Our Lady of Philermos.
During the period of Petar II Petrovic Njegos in 1838 the famous Biljarda (Billiard) was built and during the period of Nicholas I a new palace, the first hotel, hospital and numerous embassies were built. The city is already five centuries a center of culture and education.There are National Museum of Montenegro, Archives of Montenegro, King Nikolas Museum, the Historical Museum, the Museum of the Cetinje Monastery, the Ethnographic Museum, Museum of Bishop Njegos (located in the Billiard), Art Museum of Montenegro, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Academy of Music, the Central National Library “Đurđe Crnojević”, Royal Montenegrin National Theatre “Zeta House”, Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments and the Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegosa on the top of mountine Lovćena and his birth house in the njeguš hamlet Erakovici. The first printing press in the southeastern part of Europe was founded just in Cetinje during the period of dynasty Crnojević (1493-1496), then (1833-1852) Njegos founded his own printing press and there he printed his most important works. Many tourists who come to Montenegro are amazed with the richness of cultural - historical buildings in such a small, quiet town.