Since establishing its independence in 2006 Montenegro has emerged as a cultural centre within the broader context of the former Yugoslavia; and a handful of contemporary writers are receiving particular acclaim.
Montenegro's first private gallery, Most opened in 1994 with an exhibit of 18 academic painters and sculptors from Podgorica and continues to put on many shows of famous historical artists and up and coming artists alike.
Named after a Montenegrin painter, this gallery in Herceg Novi was established in 1966 by artists and well-intentioned citizens and houses a popular permanent collection alongside changing exhibitions of current artists' works.
Hotel Conte is situated in the small coastal town of Perast in the Bay of Kotor and is one of Montenegro's most alluring destinations. A UNESCO world heritage site, Perast's Venetian architecture and natural beauty makes it a truly idyllic setting.
In the 1700’s, Stari Mlini was a flour mill for the locals of the quaint medieval town of Kotor. Nowadays it is a contemporary family run restaurant with a classical edge offering a menu brimming with local produce and freshly caught seafood.
Located 6km out of Podgorica, Plantaze rests in a serene locale. Garden and riverside dining provide a relaxing atmosphere alongside an established menu list which boasts fresh trout, taken straight from the restaurants own fish pond.
In the heart of Podgorica's business hub hides the Dali Restaurant. Dali is one of Montenegro's most exclusive eateries and showcases the very best in international cuisine. Its most recognised dish is its famous chocolate sufleu.
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Like many of the countries in the region
Montenegro is a small country with a population of just 600,000 and a history
of being subsumed into larger empires.
In the ninth century Montenegro became a vassal state of the
Byzantine Empire. The Ottomans took over until World War I when the Republic of
Yugoslavia was formed.
Montenegro was part of the various forms of Yugoslavia and
Serbia until an EU brokered deal led to it being declared independent in 2006.
For an account of the country’s recent past, read Montenegro: a Modern History by Kenneth Morrison.
The traditional cultures of the country are represented by
traditional dances called Oro and Sota. There is also a powerful tradition of
Epic Songs accompanied by gusle, a one-stringed
instrument. Folk poet, Petar II Petrović Njegoš’s Gorski
Vijenac, written in the Montenegrin vernacular,
presents a central point of the Montenegrin culture.