|Foondit||Afore 11t century|
|• Mayor||Miomir Mugoša (DPS)|
|• Metro||1,441 km2 (556 sq mi)|
|Elevation||44 m (144 ft)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|Area code(s)||+382 20|
Podgorica's favourable position at the confluence o the Ribnica an Morača rivers an the meetin point o the fertile Zeta Plain an Bjelopavlići Valley haes encouraged settlement. The ceety is close tae winter ski centres in the north an seaside resorts on the Adriatic Sea.
A census in 2003 put the ceety's population at 136,473. The Podgorica Municipality contains 10.4% o Montenegro's territory an 27.3% o its population. It is the administrative centre o Montenegro an its economic, cultural an educational focus.
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The name Podgorica means "unner the Gorica" in the Montenegrin leid. Gorica/goritsa (meanin "little muntain") is the name o the hill that overluiks the ceety centre.
Some three kilometres (1.9 miles) north-wast o Podgorica lie the ruins o Doclea, a town kent in Greek, pre-Roman an Roman times. The Roman Emperor Diocletian came frae this region. In later centuries, Romans "correctit" the name tae Dioclea, guessin wrongly that an "i" haed been lost in vulgar speech. "Duklja" is the later (Slavic) version o that word.
When foondit (afore the 11t century), the toun wis called Birziminium. In the Middle Ages, it wis kent as Ribnica. The name Podgorica wis uised frae 1326. Frae 1946 tae 1992, the ceety wis named Titograd in honor o Josip Broz Tito, the umwhile President o Yugoslavie.
Podgorica is at the crossroads o several heestorically important routes, near the rivers Zeta, Morača, Cijevna, Ribnica, an Sitnica, in the valley o Skadar lake an near the Adriatic Sea, in fertile lawlands wi favourable climate. The earliest human settlements wur in prehistory: the auldest physical remains ar frae the late Stone Age. In the Illyrian age, the area between the Zeta an Bjelopavlići valleys wis occupied bi twa Illyrian tribes, the Labeates an the Docleats. 3 km northwast o today's Podgorica an which reflectit the local terrain. The population o the ceety wis 8,000-10,000, in which all core urban issues wur resolved. The hie population density (in an area o aboot 10 km/6 mi radius) wis made possible bi the geographical position, favourable climate an economic conditions an bi the defensive positions that wur o great importance at that time.
Frae the 5t century, wi the arrival o the first Slavic an Avar tribes an the beginnin o the break-up o the Roman Empire, the area bore witness tae mony noteworthy events. Wi time, the fortifications ceased their function an new touns wur built. Slavic groups in the area wur in constant war wi Byzantium an tendit tae establish a new state. The result wis establishment o a new settlement that wis probably named efter the river Ribnica on whose banks it wis built. The first mention o Ribnica is durin the rule o the Serbien royal family o the Nemanjići. The importance o Ribnica wis its position as crossroads in communications wi the wast. In occupyin these areas, the Slavs creatit a new state an developed their awn culture an airt, acceptable tae the mediaeval church an feudal class.
The name Podgorica wis first mentioned in 1326 in a court document o the Kotor archives. The ceety wis economically strang: trade routes atween Dubrovnik an the State o Nemanjici, well developed at that time, wur maintained via the road that led tae Podgorica throu Trebinje an Nikšić. As a busy crossroads, Podgorica wis a vibrant regional centre o trade an communication. This boostit its development, economic pouer, military strength an strategic importance. The Turkish occupation o Podgorica in 1474 interruptit its economic, cultural an airtistic development. The Turks built a lairge fortress in Podgorica an the existin settlement, wi its highly developed merchant connections, became the main defensive an attackin bastion against rebellious tribes. The fortified ceety, wi touers, gates an defensive ramparts, enabled the Turks tae resist all attacks. In 1864, Podgorica became a tounship (kaza) o İşkodra vilayet called Böğürtlen (Turkish "Blackberry"). It wis also kent Burguriçe in Albanian.
In accordance wi the decision o the Berlin Congress in 1878, Podgorica wis integratit intae Montenegro, markin the end o fower centuries o Turkish occupation, an the beginnin o a new era in the development o Podgorica an Montenegro. The ceety developed quickly an became a strong marketplace. The first forms o caipital concentration wur seen. In 1904, Zetska savings bank, the first significant financial institution, wis formed. It woud soon grow intae Podgorička bank. Roads wur built tae all neighbourin touns an, in 1902, a tobacco plant became Podgorica's first significant commercial company.
Warld War I marked the end o dynamic development for Podgorica, bi then the lairgest ceety in the newly proclaimed Kinrick o Montenegro. Podgorica wis occupied, as wis the rest o the kintra, bi Austrick-Hungary frae 1916 tae 1918. Efter the liberation bi the allies in 1918, a controversial Podgorica Assembly wis held at Podgorica Tobacco Monopoly building. The assembly marked the end o Montenegrin statehood, as Montenegro wis merged wi Serbie an incorporatit in the Kinrick o Yugoslavia. Between the twa warld wars, the population o Podgorica wis aboot 13,000.
Podgorica suffered heavily durin Warld War II; the ceety wis bombed over 70 times throughoot the course o the war an razed tae the ground, causin the daiths o over 4,100 fowk. The ceety wis liberatit on December 19, 1944.
Unner the name o Titograd, the ceety became the caipital of the Socialist Republic o Montenegro on 13 Julie 1946. A period o unprecedentit expansion followed, which marked the SFRY era: the population increased dramatically, the ceety wis heavily industrialized, infrastructure wis improved, an health, educational, an cultural institutions wur foondit. The ceety rapidly became the commercial, socio-economic an cultural centre o the kintra. The progress haltit again when the break-up o SFRY began in the 1990s. The name o Podgorica wis reinstatit on April 2, 1992.
The destructive Yugoslav wars bypassed Montenegro, but the entire kintra wis greatly affectit economically. A period o severe economic stagnation lastit throuoot the 1990s. The economy began tae recover in the early years o the 21st century, when Podgorica began tae emerge as a modern, pro-wastren ceety. Followin the successful independence referendum in Mey 2006, Podgorica became the offeecial caipital o an independent state, boostin its status as a regional centre an raisin its economic prospects.
Twin touns – sister ceeties
Podgorica is twinned wi:
- Podgorica offeecial wabsteid
- Tourism Organisation of Podgorica
- Podgorica live cam
- National Tourism Organization of Montenegro
- Podgorica - WikiTravel
- Skyscrapercity Podgorica Construction Updates