Gornji Kokoti - About place

Gornji Kokoti, situated at Lješanska nahija, is 10km away from Podgorica, following the way Podgorica-Cetinja. This region is known for developed agriculture and is characterised by diversity in both geographical and climate terms. The river Sitnica divides it from neighbouring the village of Donji Kokoti.

Sometime in the past, there were distinguished three ’communes’: upper, middle and lower. Gornji Kokoti belonged to Lower Commune (Donji komun). In modern times, particularly from late 17th century, inhabitants of Lješanska nahija acted as an organised whole in the struggle against Turks. This area is well-known for its tight geographical unity and Lješanska nahija almost always had a common governor: a duke or a prince. The settlers of this region are known by their general name “Lješnjani” as a separate population group in Montenegro.

Gornji Kokoti covers the area westward from rivers the Sitnica and the Moraca, down of the Sitnica mouth. It is situated around and on the steeps of a big hill, called Bogomolja. On the top of the hill there is the Church of Saint Nicolas and the village graveyard. When talking about this hill, King Nikola once said: “Neither smaller hill, nor more beautiful scenery”. Indeed, Bogomolja is one of the lookouts offering breathtaking view of scenery of Podgorica and surrounding villages.

For its mild climate and rich ground, this village is suitable for growing wine grape and working in agriculture. Grape brandy of Lješanska nahija, as well as white and red wine, is well-known by far. The village is characterised by old rainwater tanks and it used to be popular for fishing in the Sitnica. A part of the inhabitants used to grow tobacco, so called kotroban.