Medun - The most important information
Medun or Meteon, as it was once called, is located in Kuci, about 12 km from the center of Podgorica. Still insufficiently studied and researched, it attracts tourists from all over the world. This city is mentioned in the writings of Titus Livius, and even today it causes many intrigues. Medun is a perfect place for those who adore history, cultural monuments, but also for lovers of mystery.
History of Medun
Meteon, more precisely today's Medun, was built between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. The exact time of its construction is not known for sure. Medun was very important at the time of its creation, because it was one of the centers of the Illyrian state, but also the center of the Illyrian tribe Labeata. On the elongated hill, the remains of the old town of Meteon and the medieval town of Meduna, built on the same site, are preserved, as it still bears today. It was first built as a fortress and then as a city. The last great Illyrian king Gentia and his family were captured in it, after the city was occupied by legions in 167. It was rebuilt during the Middle Ages, and fell under Turkish rule in 1456. Within the complex there are several buildings built during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Significance of Medun
Medun as a locality is extremely important because of many things. In the first place, this is a monumental complex that dates back to ancient times before the new era. So, due to its turbulent and rich past, Medun is a witness of prehistoric times and dates back to the Middle Ages. Numerous valuable artifacts have been found in this area. In addition to the Illyrian fortress, this complex also includes the church of St. Nikola from the 18th century and the house of Marko Miljanov, which has now been turned into a memorial museum.
The appearance of Medun
This monumental complex covers about 200,535 square meters. The city walls are well preserved and are built of large blocks of hewn stone, arranged in several rows. Precisely because of this information, but also because of the construction itself, Medun differs from others, we can say less important remains of Illyrian cities. Two burials in the rock on the way to the upper town are interesting. It is believed that rituals related to the cult of the snake were performed there. Among the Illyrians, the snake was an animal of mythical origin. North of the upper town is a necropolis that has not been studied to date.
How to get to Medun?
This locality can be reached:
- By car - Medun can be reached by your own vehicle. This locality is 13 km away from the center of Podgorica. The ride is not demanding, and the travel time takes between 20 and 25 minutes. If you are in Nova Varos, go across Ivan Crnojevic Boulevard and follow the road ahead. Continue along Skopska Street which continues to Bulevar Ivana Crnojevica. Then you enter the part of the city called Masline and move along Djulje Jovanovica Street until you leave Podgorica. Then drive along Iveza Vukova Street all the way to TT4. This road takes you straight to the site, passing by the settlement of Vrbica and the lookout point.
- By foot - Medun can be visited by a walking tour organized by the Tourist Organization of Podgorica. The 2 km walk is an easy walking route, where no special physical preparation is required. Bus transportation to one part is organized. If you still prefer, it is possible to walk independently from the center of Podgorica to the site. The estimated time required to get from one place to another is 2 hours and 30 minutes.