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Gusinje, is a small town and municipality in north-eastern Montenegro. According to the 2011 census, the municipality has a population of 4,027.NameThe name Gusinje is derived from guska . Its older name was Gousino . In the Ottoman period, it was known as Turkish Gusna . In Albanian, it is known as Gucia.GeographyThe town is located in the Plav-Gusinje ravine of the Prokletije, at an elevation of ca. 1,000 m.HistoryYugoslav researchers have tried to connect the Plav-Gusinje ravine to the medieval župa (county) of "Guseimo" mentioned in the Chronicle of the Priest of Duklja as part of "Podgorje". Some researchers believe that the county was situated in Upper Polimlje (which includes Gusinje). It is known that a medieval settlement was located in the territory of present-day Gusinje. Gusinje was mentioned as a village, one of the caravan stations on the Kotor–Scutari–Podgorica–Peć road, in the 14th century. It was mentioned in the 1485 Ottoman defter.In the beginning of the 17th century, before 1611, the Gusinje fortress was built at the locale of the medieval settlement, at the wreath of the Prokletije. From the mid-17th century the Kelmend tribe from northern Albania and the Kuči tribe began arbitrarily settling the Plav-Gusinje ravine, competing with other Serbian and Muslim Albanian immigrants from Malësia and Montenegro, that were predominantly Serbian-speaking. The small towns of Plav and Gusinje were also of mixed population, whose mother tongue was Serbian. The province was inhabited by a Serbian population (including to a lesser extent a Muslim population of Serb origin and language) and an Albanian population. Gusinje is in Gusinje Municipality. Make the most of your holiday in Gusinje by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our Montenegro holiday planner.
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