Pre-Roman, Roman, Baroque and Gothic styles may be observed in Montenegro’s painting, architectural decoration and carved stone along its seaside.
The Bay of Kotor boasts the greatest concentration of cultural treasures in the region, especially in the city of Kotor, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The cathedral of St Tripun is the most prominent monument in the city, while additional artistic sacral monuments can be seen in the Savina Orthodox Monastery along the bay.
Inland, the area of Lake Skadar is rich with such large monastery complexes as those of Moracnik, Kom, Starcevo, Beska, which are built on goricas (small islands). The fortresses of Lesendro and Zabljak also stand in the Lake Skadar area.
Byzantine influence on fresco painting and architecture of the monasteries can also be seen inland.
Moraca Monastery is famous for its cycle of St Ilija, one of the best 13th-century pieces of monumental painting in the Balkans.
The monasteries of the Holy Trinity in Pljevlja, of Djurdjevi Stupovi and the Piva Monastery house religious paintings of cultural value. One of the most cherished spiritual points in Montenegro includes the Monastery of Ostrog, with its unique architecture.
Montenegro’s first literary pieces date back 1,000 years, while the first Montenegrin book was printed 500 years ago. In 1494, the first state-owned printing press, in Cetinje, was established; the same year the first South Slavic book was printed.
Ancient manuscripts dating from the 13th Century are preserved in the country’s monasteries. Montenegro’s written word became the basis of literary development, but also of moral principles as well, as seen in the ethical-literary writing of Marko Milanov, called ‘vojvoda’.
A popular writer of today includes Stefan Mitrov Ljubica, whose works are based on this style of writing.
Some 250 books are published each year by the local press, and the country’s most popular newspapers include Pobjeda, Vijesti, Trend, Liberal and the weekly Monitor. Other sources of media include the MontenaFax news agency, one national television and seven radio stations.