Duklja Ruins
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Three kilometres away from Podgorica, in a valley at the confluence of the rivers Moraca and Zeta, the ruins of the ancient town of Duklja are located. Duklja is first mentioned by Ptolemy, general in the army of Alexander the Great, in the 2nd century BC. Today this place is one of the most valuable testimonies of presence of the Roman Empire in Montenegro.
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Vladimir
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
A deserted place without due maintenance. But it's still worth visiting in good weather. Because it's very acient history. And it's close to Podgorica - just about 10-15 mins from the city center by car.
Written 3 June 2023
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Soccca
Tolmin, Slovenia1,784 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Duklja is 2,000 years old, and its managers manage it extremely shamefully. When we got there, we looked for an entrance where we could buy a ticket, but we couldn't find it. Then we noticed that the door was open and anyone could walk in and do whatever he wanted without control. The place is definitely worth a visit and can compete with many popular archaeological sites. So my rating (1) is for the managers, and the place itself deserves the highest rating (5).
Written 26 August 2022
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Andrea
Milan, Italy236 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
After Forum Romano this place does not impress a lot, but still if you are a history fan visit Duklija ruins to learn a bit more about Montenegro.
Written 17 June 2021
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WITY TRAVELS
166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
I still haven't figured out the spelling for this! It's Duklja in Google maps, but Doclea when I am doing all of my research. So let's go with the latter. Doclea was an ancient Illyrian, Roman and Byzantine city. This was the largest city of the Docleatae tribe and it became a city under the reign of Emperor Claudius between 41 and 54 AD. It had between 8,000 and 10,000 inhabitants.

This was the old capital of Montenegro. These ruins are 2,000 years old! There are definitely Roman influences as you can see some of the tablets that are inscribed and there are some columns as well. It was an hour walk out from the Northeast of the Podgorica.

Unfortunately the people there took away from the experience. There were 2 sights. One that had no fencing and basically had rubble. There were people just handing out and there were a lot of beer bottles and trash around this site. We thought there had to be more based on the pictures we saw online. This lead us to walking around where we found the proper ruins. This area was fenced in and looked more like ruins. Unfortunately, the locals treated this area like a playground. Kids were running around and screaming and climbing on the ruins. People were sitting on these 2,000 year old structures and it was weird that these ruins did not have the respect and control like we saw in Chichén Itzá or Tulum.

If you go, make sure to go during the week. We went on a Sunday which may have explained all the people there. If you have this site all to yourself, or at least mostly, this is a place to spend an hour or two reading the signs explaining the buildings that previously stood at the location and walking around the ruins.
Written 4 March 2021
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RESPECTA CAR MONTENEGRO
Podgorica, Montenegro455 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Duklja is easy to reach. When you take the old road towards Danilovgrad, you turn towards the settlement of Rogami. It is only 3 km away from Podgorica. You can park your car on the meadow across from the entrance.
We did not pay the entrance ticket, and there is no curator.
Duklja doesn't have much to offer. But we were thrilled with the skill of the ancient builders. Part of the buildings show the superior art of Roman stonemasons. Definitely a place worth visiting.
Written 14 July 2020
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leehuz
Haifa, Israel316 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This place is most interesting, because it remains mostly untouched. The vast field bordering on a rural community and a rail track reveals the remains (mostly foundations and some walls) of the ancient roman settlement Duclea. The remains that can be easily identified include a bath house, and the town forum. Worth the visit especially for history, archeology and photography buffs.
Written 31 August 2019
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Tom P
Great Malvern, UK116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Although I've awarded four stars, I do agree with some of the posters here who say it is a) hard to get to, and b) a pile of old stones. However where these "old stones" in the UK I can say with certainty that they would be up there with anything on Hadrian's Wall, and you would pay £££ accordingly (and that would be just for the car parking!). Instead what you have here is a wonderfully unspoilt site, with free unfettered access, and more tortoises than people for company. To get there head north on the main road on the west bank of the river. Eventually the road will split and a right hand fork takes you to the site via an impressive modern bridge. I walked and it took about 45 minutes at a brisk stroll. The site is split in three by the road and the railway. The section in the middle has been the most excavated and contains remains of the forum, two bath houses, and temple and a basilica. The remains in the other two sections are far less intelligible. There are no facilities at the site.
Written 12 May 2018
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Vincent989
Rotterdam, The Netherlands52 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
Bit out of town but easy to reach by car. However, the sight is not too impressive. Looks like a lot of heaps of stones.
Written 2 March 2018
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jilly l
Pittsfield, MA47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
I just spent three weeks living and working at Duklja, the most significant archaeological site in Montenegro. Whether you are interested in Roman history or archaeology, Duklja will remind you not of the importance that this site played as a provincial capital, but also that even today we are connected to a greater heritage. Some may call it "rubble" but what you see at Duklja is only a fraction of the city. Excavations are slow going due to limited funding. If you plan to wander Duklja as a tourist, please respect the space by not littering or climbing on the walls. Leave any excavations in tact, and take a moment to reflect on the incredible heritage of Montenegro.
Written 26 July 2017
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buttermellow2
Norwich, UK16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
I walked there on a cold January day which may be part of the reason I felt so underwhelmed when I finally reached the ruins. There are very few signs explaining what the ruins are, and although they are nice enough having been to Rome & Athens they just felt 'okay'.
Regardless, there is not a great deal to do in Podgorica so if you are there for a few days and have an interest in history it is probably worth it to go (also, it was free when I went and as far as I'm aware it's free year-round).
Written 20 January 2017
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