Montenegro has been attracting more and more tourists every year due to its breathtaking views, vibrant cities, foods and weather.
Let’s head towards Kotor a coastal town in Montenegro located on one of the world’s most beautiful bays.
Kotor has a population of 13,510. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made the old city which was built between the 12th and 14th century a UNESCO listed “World Natural & Historical Heritage Site” as well as part of the World Heritage Site.
The old Mediterranean part of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period.
The old town is the most famous part of Kotor. When wandering around the old city, it is very easy to get lost because it was built like a maze for protective purpose. Extending over 4 kilometres, the city walls that have protected Kotor for centuries lead up to the fortress of Saint Ivan.
There are 3 entrances to the old town; the Western Sea Gate of 1555 is the main door.
The old town of Kotor has a great number of monuments of the medieval architecture: churches, cathedrals, palaces, museums,… The buildings are crisscrossed with narrow streets and squares. The main place for gathering in the old town is the biggest square Trg od oruzja (square of arms).
While walking around the city you’ll see the Tower watch (VIII century), the Cathedral of Sveti Tripun (XIII century), St Tryphon’s Cathedral (which holds the remains of St. Tryphon, the patron saint of Kotor. It was first built in the 11th century, reconstructed after earthquakes and has a Romanesque-Gothic architecture), the Church of Sveti Luka (XIII century), the Prince’s palace (XVII century), the Church of Sveta Marija (XII century), the Church of Our Lady of Health (Gospe od Zdravlja) (XV century), St Nicolas Church (the biggest Orthodox church in the Old Town) and Napoleon’s Theater (XIX century). Old Kotor has also numerous palaces like: Bizanti, Buca, Pima, and Grgurin (which houses the Maritime museum where one can find three floors of portraits of the famous captains, models of old galleys and sail boats, navigational instruments, photographs, uniforms, weapons, paintings, and model ships).