Karuč - About place

Settling Karuč is situated on a small cliff of the same name on the coast of Skadar Lake. It was founded as a seasonal fisherman’s place for laying away and keeping fishing equipment. In the middle of the 19th century it became settled. It is 20km far from Podgorica, going old road from Podgorica to Cetinje.

The oldest building in the settlement is the Tower of Saint Petar, built on the highest elevation of the conical hill. It is better known as a winter cottage of prince-bishop Petar I Petrović, who built it in the first or second decade of the 19th century. The settling then started spreading and houses were built on lower elevations reaching even the water of the lake. There is a loop-hole on the façade of the tower, confirming the defending character it used to have, not only the residential. After Petar I died, the tower worked as a school, mentioned in 1871.

Karuč is a typical fishing settlement whose inhabitants only dealt with fishing, using the lake wells of fresh water rich with fish, such as Karuč and Volačka jama. For insufficiency of space for building, it is characterized by densely built houses, optimally adapted to the ground configuration, which made the settling have a terraced look. Most of the preserved original houses and housings have distinctive qualities of traditional architecture.