Printing house Obod is organized as a joint stock company with headquarters in Cetinje, continuing the long-standing tradition of printing dating back to 1494 and the Crnojević dynasty, which established the first state-owned printing house in the world, and the oldest printing house in South-Eastern Europe. Its establishment coincided with discoveries of new worlds, the times when a sword was used to either conquer or lose a kingdom. The small Balkan country with a thousand-year long history defended its freedom with a sword in one hand and pen in the other, thus spreading literacy in a country where mountains meet the sea. The printing house was indeed the torch of Montenegro’s cultural and spiritual values.
Forty years after the German printer Johann Gutenberg printed the first book in the world in Mainz, a small country, Montenegro, on the Obod hill, near the Crnojevića River in Cetinje, produced its first book in the Slavic language on January 1st 1494 – Oktoih prvoglasnik (Octoechos of the First Tone). The book was sealed and printed using the printing press that Montenegrin ruler Ivan Crnojević brought to his homeland from Venice as a powerful tool for spreading spirituality and culture.
The Crnojević dynasty used the printing house as a carrier of Montenegro’s development, putting the country at the forefront of Europe’s most spiritual and culturally advanced countries.
The foundation of the printing house promoted a cultural tradition that nations much larger than Montenegrin would take pride in. This tradition is yet another thread in the Montenegrin tradition that unravels way back from the times of Doclea, the Crnojević and the Petrović dynasty, the famous printing house of Njegoš, all the way to the modern times.
Printing house Obod has a leading position in printing in Montenegro and in our region. Its wide range of services offers all aspects of offset printing. In terms of quality, modern design and all other inventive solutions, Obod offers its customers the high-end services for the most demanding forms of printing, high-quality monographs, magazines and other types of books. Following the latest trends in the field of printing industry, the printing house Obod ensures to continue to be at the forefront of printing in the region.