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Guest Post: Bay of Kotor’s top 5 Historical Sites

Church & Museum, Our Lady of the Rocks Perast

Hemmed in by commanding mountains and sparkling straits, dotted with fishing villages, gorgeous beaches and buzzing old towns the Bay of Kotor on Montenegro’s coastline is the perfect getaway.
Montenegro has a fascinating and rich culture built on layers and layers of history and religion. From Venetian seamen’s palaces to medieval forts, baroque palazzos and museums filled with maritime artefacts from across the ages.

If you want to learn more about Montenegro’s history then look no further than these 5 must-see attractions.

Kotor: ST. TRYPHON CATHEDRAL


Interior St Tryphon Cathedral, Kotor

Religion has very much shaped the architecture around the Bay of Kotor with the Cathedral of St. Tryphon being one of the most stunning examples of Romanesque architecture including Corinthian columns, a series of vaulted roofs and a stunning silver-bas relief alter screen. It was consecrated in the 12th century and has undergone many restorations due to earthquakes. As well as an extensive collection of relics (including the Head of St. Tryphon, patron saint of gardeners and winegrowers) the Cathedral showcases art alongside its beautiful interior.

BUDVA: CITADEL

Inside the Citadel, Budva

The region boasts many examples of maritime defences, none more picturesque than Budva’s fortress in the heart of the town, now known as the Citadel. Built originally to defend the town from around 1425, the Citadel features stunning architecture as well as an impressive garrison, a rare book library, an open area theatre and a small museum. The 160 meters of sea-facing city walls offer the perfect view across the bay, perfect for a selfie to make your friends and family green with envy!


PERAST: OUR LADY OF THE ROCKS


It’s believed that this man-made island standing offshore from the village of Perast was built by locals depositing stones around a rock apparition of the Madonna and Child. Upon the island sits the bijou 15th-century Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks along with a nautically themed museum. Accessible only by hiring a boat from Perast this is the perfect morning trip for an intrepid visitor.

HERCEG NOVI: MAMULA

Mamula Island Fort from the water


Off the coast of Herceg Novi between Prevlaka and Luštica peninsulas, is the uninhabited island of Mamula which features an abandoned fort from 1853 which was built by Austro-Hungarian general Lazar Mamula to prevent a naval attack. The fort on the Mamula island was later sadly used as a World War II concentration camp. You almost feel like you are walking among ghosts. Mamula is a fascinating look into the naval history of the region and offer some great photo opportunities amongst the ruins.


KOTOR: FORTIFICATIONS

Fortifications, Kotor

If you are not afraid of a work out on your holiday why not try scaling the dominating fortification walls of Kotor? The walls were used to protect the medieval town of Kotor from potential invaders and is made up of ramparts, towers, citadels, gates, bastions, forts, cisterns and a castle. With heights of up to 20m and sheer drops with no protective hand rails, this is a route only for the fit and brave, but the view from the top is unparalleled.


A guest post from Micaela of Stylish London Living


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