About Dobrska Ćelija Monastery
The village of Dobrska, among other things, is known for the Monastery of Celija Dobrska, which belongs to the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral. Initially, the Monastery was a cell - solitary confinement during the wars, hence the name "Cell". Only later did it grow into a monastery complex.
The Monastery was built in the 15th Century in times of Ivan Crnojevic, and it is considered to be a metoch of the Cetinje Monastery. "Dobrska Ćelija" was dedicated to the Dormition of the Mother of God and it is also known as a "Church of the Holy Mother."
The monastery's residence is of particular architectural value, with the ground floor being constructed in the form of a series of arches, made of fine stone. Konak is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved examples of folk architecture within the sacral complex.
The Metropolitan of Cetinje, Sava Očinić, was buried in the Monastery. Danilo I Petrović-Njegoš and Petar II Petrović Njegoš attended school at the Monastery. Petar II Petrović Njegoš opened a national school in 1842 in the Monastery in Dobrsko Selo, as the second open school in the then free part of Montenegro. The school operated in the monastery until 1948.
Unlike other monasteries, the Turks didn’t damage Dobrska Ćelija and there are no records that it has been ever burned or damaged.