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Kotor

Stories and Photos from my travels around Kotor, a beautifully preserved fortified, Medieval town.

Destination 》EuropeCentral and Eastern Europe  》Montenegro

Year Visited: 2018 – October

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After a week in Albania, we continued our backpacking through the Balkans journey by taking a bus from Tirana towards North to Kotor, a fortified Medieval town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Montenegro.

Kotor is a beautifully preserved fortified, Medieval town with a vibrant history on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen. The Bay of Kotor is one of the prettiest bays in the world.

Picturesque medieval town of Kotor is a maze of museums, churches, cafe-strewn squares, and Venetian palaces and pillories. It’s a dramatic and delightful place where the past coexists with the present; its cobblestones ring with the sound of children racing to school in centuries-old buildings, lines of laundry flutter from wrought-iron balconies, and hundreds of cats, the descendants of seafaring felines. 

Pictures below are from our few days of wandering through Kotor’s labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets.

Welcome to Montenegro! Welcome to Kotor!
Sea Gate, the main entrance to the old walled city of Kotor. Located next to the harbor, it has the date of the liberation from WW II. It enters to a beautiful square with the clock tower. I took this picture very early morning before Cruise-Ship load of day-trippers arrive in the town.
Beautiful Clock tower from the Sea Gate, the main entrance to the old walled city of Kotor
A beautiful square in walled city of Kotor, with a clock tower. I took this picture very early morning before Cruise-Ship load of day-trippers arrive in the town.
The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, originally built in 1166 in honor of Saint Tryphon, the patron and protector of the city, on the same site where an older church from 809 had already existed. The cathedral was seriously damaged and carefully restored after the 1667 and 1979 earthquakes.
The Church of St. Nicholas, a Serbian Orthodox church built from 1902 to 1909 on the place of an earlier Orthodox Church from 1810, which was burnt down in fire on the Christmas Eve in 1896.
St Luke’s church represents the history of Croat-Serb relations in Kotor. It was constructed in 1195 as a Catholic church, but from 1657 until 1812 Catholic and Orthodox altars stood side by side, with each faith taking turns to hold services here. It was then gifted to the Orthodox Church.
St Luke’s church, constructed in 1195 one of the oldest church in the old city of Kotor, in the back is the Church of St. Nicholas, a Serbian Orthodox church built from 1902 to 1909.
Another view of St Luke’s church and the Church of St. Nicholas.
Almost every residential building in the old town has a restaurant or shop, some kind of tourism related commercial business on the ground floor.
At the Sea Gate, the main entrance to the old walled city of Kotor.
Beer and Lunch time!
Outer wall of the fortified Medieval town of Kotor.
The Bay of Kotor, one of the prettiest bays in the world. The water is so calm you can see reflection of the cruise ship.
The Bay of Kotor, one of the prettiest bays in the world.
View from Mt. Lovćen; the Bay of Kotor and walled city of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The national flag of Montenegro at the Castle Of San Giovanni on top of the Mt. Lovćen.
Beautiful Bay of Kotor from top of the Mt. Lovćen.
Beautiful Bay of Kotor from top of the Mt. Lovćen.
Beautiful Bay of Kotor from top of the Mt. Lovćen. Took so many pictures from here, couldn’t get enough of this most amazing view.
Raul enjoying night cruise on the Kotor Bay.
Raul and I enjoying drinks with my friend from China and her friends.
Nikšićko Pivo, very refreshing beer from the largest brewery in Montenegro.

While staying in the old town of Kotor, we made a day trip to Perast, an old town on the Bay of Kotor, situated a few KM northwest of Kotor. The town has monuments of the Illyrian, Roman and early Christian periods. The town was founded by the Illyrians, named after one of the local tribes—Pirusti. The town is noted for its proximity to the islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks

A beautiful old town of Perast.
Island of Saint George (Ostrvo Sveti Đorđe) is one of the two islets off the coast of Perast in the Bay of Kotor.
Island of Saint George (Ostrvo Sveti Đorđe) contains Saint George Benedictine monastery from the 12th century and the old graveyard for the old nobility from Perast.
Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela) is one of the two islets off the coast of Perast. It is an artificial island created by bulwark of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships loaded with rocks. According to legend, the islet was made over the centuries by local seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding the icon of Madonna and Child on the rock in the sea during 1452; upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the Bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea.
A gift-shop on Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela) islet.
Ancient Cross on Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela) islet.
Beautiful coastal town of Perast from Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela) islet.
Beautiful coastal towns along the Bay of Kotor, a view from Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela) islet.
Beautiful coastal town of Perast.
Lunch at the bay-side restaurant in Perast, served with locally brewed Montenegrean draft Beer

During our stay in Kotor, we made a day trip by a public bus to Budva, a town in on the Adriatic Sea, a part of the Budva Riviera and a group tour to North Montenegro.


After five days in Montenegro, we continued our backpacking through the Balkans journey to Dubrovnik, another fortified town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Croatia.

By Window on The World

In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...

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