monuments & International recognition
Piva has a rich and very special history. Some documents show that some settlements existed in Paleolithic. One cave in this small municipality in the last century was archaeologically explored. It showed that it is one of the oldest discovered human habitats in Montenegro with traces of ancient art.
Beside that story, very important one is about stećci, medieval tombstones. This interesting phenomenon you will be able to see in certain areas of the Balkan. They demonstrate the merging of religions, chivalry and folk cultures between the 12th and 16th century. They are decorated with unusual and beautiful carvings, social, religious symbols, ornaments, unclassified motifs. Throughout Montenegro, Serbia, BiH and Croatia there are over 70,000 mysterious carved stone tomb monuments at 3,000 sites. 28 of those, including three in our country are protected UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Another interesting part of the story is that on the bottom of Piva Lake is the old town Plužine. Lake Piva was formed after the Piva River was dammed to generate hydrologic power in 1975. Piva Monastery was also there, on the spring of the river, but it has been relocated 7 km from Plužine. The works on its displacement lasted longer than a decade, from 1970 to 1982. That proces was extremely complex, given that it is a monumental temple, whose interior is painted with 1260 m2 of frescoes.