Draževina - About place

Within the scope of Lješanska nahija, in the west going from Podgorica to Cetinje, there is the village of Draževina. It extends from Lješkopolje in the east to Carev Laz in the west, known through history for many battles. In this area and nearby Krusi, Montenegrin capital was successfully defended. Its boundaries are the River Sitnica on one side and Malo Blato Lake on the other.

The village of Draževina or Draž-vina (charm of wine) is situated beneath the hill Busovnik. Coming to the village is possible from two directions: going from Podgorica to Cetinje, it is on the twelfth kilometre passing through Kruse, and going from Cetinje to Podgorica, one should turn from the road at Carev Laz and then go 8 km away.   

This village is known for mild climate and cultivated nature. This area is known for its brandy, wine and tobacco. There are also grown figs, pomegranate, cornel cherry used for making juices, jams, fruit cocktails and different delicacies.  

Going to the village, one must pass through a place called Carev Laz. It is known for the historic battle which took place on 28 July 1712, when people from Lješanska nahija were led by prince Milo. The Montenegrin won a significant victory there. Many Turkish soldiers, around 6,000, perished in the battle and they looked like clear land (laz), after which the place got the name.  

The village of Krusi is nearby Carev Laz, also known for the famous battle against Turks led by Saint Petar Cetinjski. It took place on 22 September 1796 and Mahmut pasha Bušatlija perished then. There is also known Radun’s tower (Radunova kula) (in Progonovići) which was glorified by Petar II Petrović Njegoš, a prince-bishop and writer (1813-1851), in his master-piece Mountain Wreath (1846). In the village of Releza, Blessed Osanna of Cattaro was born.    

The village of Draževina is characterized by old houses with arches and cellars, as well as a big thrashing floor known for the fact that soldiers gathered there to defend Pljevlja during the World War 2. There are also nettle trees over 300 years old

In Drazevina itself, there is one of the most important cultural and historic monuments, the Tower of  Ban (governer) Milonjić (kula bana Milonjića) where he lived and hayfields where his cottage was situated. Petar II Petrović Njegoš, a prince-bishop and writer (1813-1851) described them in his piece Mountain Wreath(1846). There is also one of the oldest churches in Montenegro, the church of Blessed Virgin Mary where St Petar Cetinjski gave Montenegrin soldiers Communion before the battle in Krusi.