Podgorica is the capital and main administrative, cultural, university and economic center of Montenegro. The population is about 162,000 inhabitants.
Podgorica is located at the river confluence, in a valley, on the plain (which is not very typical for Montenegro). The city owes its name to several low hills that rise in its historical center, the largest one is called Gorica.
In Podgorica, you can find a mixture of various architectural styles – a legacy of the turbulent history of the city and the country. Each reign left traces in stone. During the four hundred years of Ottoman rule (1474-1878), many buildings of Turkish architecture were built in Podgorica. The oldest parts of the city – Stara Varosh and Drach are built up with houses of this architecture – here you can find two mosques, a clock tower and narrow winding streets.
When Podgorica was acceded to Montenegro, the city center moved to the other side of the Ribnica River, where they started to build wide streets intersecting at right angles and European-style buildings.