Location of Danilovgrad in Montenegro
|Coordinates: 42°37′N 19°03′E / 42.61°N 19.05°ECoordinates: 42°37′N 19°03′E / 42.61°N 19.05°E|
|• Mayor||Branislav Đuranović (DPS)|
|• Ruling party||DPS - SDP|
|• Total||501 km2 (193 sq mi)|
|Population (2003 census)|
|• Density||33/km2 (90/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code||+382 20|
|ISO 3166-2 code||ME-07|
Danilovgrad (Montenegrin Cyrillic: Даниловград, pronounced [dǎnilɔv̞ɡraːd]) is a town in central Montenegro. It has a population of 5,208 (2003 census). It is situated in the Danilovgrad Municipality which lies along the main route between Montenegro's two largest cities, Podgorica and Nikšić. Via villages, Danilovgrad forms part of a conurbation with Podgorica.
The town of Danilovgrad is located in the fertile valley of the Zeta River, sometimes called also the Bjelopavlići plain, after the name of the local clan. It is the centre of the municipality, which has a population of 16,523.
In the place of Danilovgrad, there are remains of Gradina (Martinići), remains can be found of the ruler Petar Gojniković. The court was built by prince Mutimir, who was also once buried in there, also from the dynasty of Vlastimirović (Višeslavić). Gradina is also a prominent seat from the Nemanjić period, believed to be the birthplace of Prince Rastko, also known as Saint Sava, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Danilovgrad was founded with the purpose of being the capital of Montenegro. Foundations for this planned city were first laid by King Nikola I in 1870. However, after the cities of Nikšić and Podgorica were taken from Bosnia and Albania, respectively, during the Congress of Berlin its significance diminished. It got its name after Nicholas' predecessor Prince Danilo.
Danilovgrad is situated approximately halfway between two largest Montenegrin cities, Podgorica and Nikšić, on the main road that connects these two.
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