At 4 km from the center of Podgorica on a wide plateau between the rivers Morača, Zeta and Širalija, there are the remains of ancient Doclea, from the first decade of the first century AD. From the 4th century, on the east side of the city, the area where Christians live stands out, churches and a large episcopal basilica were built. Some valuable specimens of the found grave inventory – pottery and glass vessels, pieces of jewelry, tools, weapons and money, form part of the permanent exhibition of the City Museum. Ancient Duklja was introduced to world archeology with the discovery of the famous Podgorica glass, which is kept today in the Russian Hermitage Museum.
The first archaeological excavations began at the end of the 19th century and are still ongoing. For more information, visit: antickadukljacg.com.
Medun is located about 12 kilometers North- East of Podgorica, in the area of Kuci. It is known for the monumental complex consisting of the remains of the Illyrian city of Meteon, the church of St. Nikola and the birth house of Marko Miljanov, a famous hero and writer, today a memorial museum of the city. Meteon was one of the centers of the Illyrian tribe Labeati, which ruled the entire Skadar basin. It was formed at the end of the 4th or the beginning of the 3rd century BC, on a difficult-to-access ridge that dominates the Medun field. Today, only parts of the massive defensive walls, built in the so-called Cyclops technique are visible. The remains of the city of Medun, with preserved corner towers and ramparts in some places, mostly belong to a medieval Turkish fortress. Among the remains of the fortification is the church of St. Nicholas, that according to tradition, was built at the beginning of the 18th century, on the foundations of an older church.
Next to the church there are the graves of Marko Miljanov and his wife Stefa, and below, on a saddle pass, is the birthplace of Duke Marko Miljanov Popovic, a warrior, statesman and writer, one of the most important figures in Montenegrin history of the 19th century.