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Town center of Gusinje with the mosque located in the background
coat of arms

Gusinje (Montenegrin Cyrillic: Гусиње, Albanian: Gucia), pronounced [ɡǔsiɲe] is a small town and municipality in north-eastern Montenegro. In 2011, it has a population of 4,027 people. The town is located in a very thin valley and it is surrounded by mountains. This is due to its location in the Plav-Gusinje valley. The majority of the population are Muslim and profess Islam. It has a mixed population of Muslim Bosniaks and Muslim Albanians. Both of these ethnicities however, live in peace and coexist with eachother.

Name[change | change source]

The name Gusinje (Гусиње) is derived from guska (goose).[1][2] Its older name was Gousino (Гоусино).[1][2] In the Ottoman period, it was known as Turkish Gusna (گوسن). In Albanian, it is known as Gucia.

Geography[change | change source]

The Vizier's Mosque in the town's center

The town is in the Plav-Gusinje ravine of the Prokletije, at an elevation of ca. 1,000 m.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Contributions onomatologiques. Vol. 18. Akademija. 2005. p. 481. Го\(си- но (или Гоусинћ?) > Гусиње (првобитно име језера, од старе /-основе *§рхћ „гуска").97
  2. 2.0 2.1 ALEKSANDAR LOMA (2013). LA TOPONYMIE DE LA CHARTE DE FONDATION DE BANJSKA: Vers la conception d’un dictionnaire des noms de lieux de la Serbie medievale et une meilleure connaissance des structures onomastiques du slave commun. Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti. p. 70. ISBN 978-86-7025-621-7.

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