Snapshots of Europe: The Bridge of Prince Danilo Petrovic, Montenegro

Prince Danilo I Montenegro
Prince Danilo I

Prince Danilo I Petrovic reigned in Montenegro from 1852-1860. He was a strong commander who lead Montenegro to a significant military victory against the Turks in 1858 which resulted in Turkey recognizing the independence of Montenegro.

Unfortunately his reign was cut short when he was assassinated in Kotor in August 1860 at the age of just 34. He was courting France in an Alliance which apparently didn’t please Russia, Serbia or Austria. He was also very heavy-handed with the Bjelopavlici tribe who disputed his authority and his assassin was Todor Kadic from that tribe but it is rumoured he received foreign help from one of the concerned foreign powers…

I was told by a tour guide that this featured bridge in Rijeka Crnojevića (in the vicinity of Skadar Lake National Park) was built by command of the prince. The first one apparently was shoddily built and fell down, the prince wasn’t happy and is said to have “advised” that the next one better stay put or else… it seems to have worked! Now I am not sure on the historical fact of this but it makes for a good story and it is certainly a picturesque place to visit!

The Bridge of Prince Danilo Petrovic Montenegro
The Bridge of Prince Danilo Petrovic
Montenegro
Quaint little village
The Bridge of Prince Danilo Petrovic
The Bridge of Prince Danilo Petrovic
The Bridge of Prince Danilo Petrovic Montenegro
A reflective mood

 

 

 

 

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