Herceg Novi

History of the city


Herceg Novi Škver StationThe historical development of the Herzegovinian region can be traced back to Illyrians, the first known inhabitants of this region. Thanks to the reconnaissance of the terrain, several towns were registered: Vrbanj, Krusevica and Luštica.

The influence of the Greek culture is significant from the V cluster to the III cluster, and the conquest of this territory in the II clasps by the Romans leads to the influence of the Roman culture.



. In the next six centuries, the power of Byzantium dominates.

In the seventh century, with the arrival of the Slavs, in this part of the Littoral, a parish of Dračevica emerged, along the coast of which was connected an important Via Adriatic road, with which the parish was connected in the east with Duklj and in the west with Konavle and Travnik.

In the 19th century, Dračevica fell under the rule of the Duke's princes, and in the time of Nemanjić, it was a whole with Hum and Travunia.

In the year


, the Bosnian King Tvrtko I laid the foundations of the city and gave it the name Sveti Stefan. At that time, as the youngest city in this part of the Adriatic, it is also called Novi, Castrum Novum and Castelnuovo.

Herceg Stjepan Vukčić Kosača, creates a city settlement from Sveti Stefan and is named after him today's name Herceg Novi.

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The city passes in the hands of the Turks in


. Their reign lasts two centuries, up to


. year when it was conquered by the Venetians.

With the fall of Venice, the Austrian rule comes to this region from


. when the Russian ships under the command of Admiral Senjavin sailed in Boka.

Peace in Tilzit


. Herceg Novi and the whole Boka were given to the French until May


, when the Austrian army took over the city for the next year, until the Vienna Congress. The Consulate General of Trieste and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies appoints Novljanin as the Consular Agent in New.

Since the seventies of the 19th century, the Italian language has been replaced by national ones in the judiciary, administration and schools. The city gets its own coat-of-arms, municipal home and the right to use its, besides the Austrian flag.

After the end of World War I, this region became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and after the Second World War, in a free country, self-governing socialist Yugoslavia, Herceg Novi, like our other parts, overcame centuries.

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Today Herceg Novi is among the most important tourist destinations in Montenegro.

Natural beauty and geographical position, climate and vegetation have conditioned that the tourism industry is its present and its future.

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Used literature:

"Herceg Novi with surroundings" Marija Crnic Pejovic