Katedra Zmartwychwstania Chrystusa | Podgorica, Czarnogóra

Katedra Zmartwychwstania Chrystusa | Podgorica, Czarnogóra

Looking at this cathedral from the outside, I would guess that it is at least a century old. The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, the original name rendered: Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja i Crkva Svetog Spasa, was accomplished only in 2013. The exterior design follows the style of the traditional Byzantine monuments such as The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in Kotor, which would suggest that it was likely built at the same time, in the 12th Century.

Wnętrze katedry Zmartwychwstania Chrystusa | Podgorica, Czarnogóra

Wnętrze katedry Zmartwychwstania Chrystusa | Podgorica, Czarnogóra

When I entered this Cathedral, I expected golden paintings so commonly seen in old Orthodox churches. My expectations though were only slightly correct… To my own surprise, in one of the paintings, I saw illustrations of Marx, Engels, and Tito… rotting in hell. When I saw it, all the puzzles started to fit in place – I was surrounded by paintings of relatively “modern” people who had a great deal of influence on politics and history of Montenegro.

Kościół św. Jerzego | Podgorica, Czarnogóra

Kościół św. Jerzego | Podgorica, Czarnogóra

This small Orthodox church of St. George is the oldest church in the capital of Montenegro. It is situated on Gorica hill (‘Gorica’ in Montenegrin means small hill and ‘pod-gorica’ means literally under small hill). When we visited this site, the church itself was closed – so we couldn’t admire the famous frescos inside.

Wieża zegarowa (Sahat Kula) | Podgorica, Czarnogóra

Wieża zegarowa (Sahat Kula) | Podgorica, Czarnogóra

Podgorica city centre is unlike any other city I have ever seen in my life. I expected small shops and touristic places in the middle of the capital Montenegro. To my surprise, the centre was sprinkled with small houses! On this side of the district though, you can see the Clock-Tower, which dates right back to the Ottoman times.

Krajobraz Podgoricy | Czarnogóra

Krajobraz Podgoricy | Czarnogóra

This is a photo that displays The Millennium Bridge and the centre of Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. Does it not look more like a landscape photo, rather than a typical cityscape picture? You bet! The capital of Montenegro reaches a total of just 200,000 people; a stark comparison to Berlin with its 3.5 million inhabitants. So far, it is the smallest European capital that we have visited, which is quite a change for us.

Panorama Podgoricy | Czarnogóra

Panorama Podgoricy | Czarnogóra

From many points in the city, you can see the dark lines of the Montenegrin Mountains – these are typical “elements” for the city skyline. Naturally then, they had to have their “place” shown in my photograph, when I wanted to capture the living area of the capital of Montenegro. I was delighted about the composition of the contrast of nature, politics and our modern days.