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Kotor Bay Day Trip

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An August 2013 trip to Kotor by travelswithkids

Our Lady of the Rocks Photo, Perast, Montenegro More Photos
Quote: Scenic Kotor Bay is the southernmost fjord in Europe. We rented a car for a self-guided (well, with some help from Rick Steves' guidebook) day tour of the sights around the bay. The beautiful bay has a very narrow mouth to the sea and is the surrounded by steep mountains.

St. John Fortress & City Walls

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Attraction | "Medieval Kotor Fortifications"

St. John Fortress & City Walls Photo, Kotor, Montenegro
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Kotor was a very prosperous town during medieval times, and its Old Town has many fine reminders of the city's former affluence. The 12th century cathedrals of St. Tryphon and St. Luke, and numerous other churches with their accompaning plazas, are some of the more obvious monuments. You'll probably enter the Old Town through the ancient main gate of the city walls. But the most obvious part of Kotor is its ancient city walls. These massive, thick fortifications snake way up the hillside to the Fortress of St. John (also called Sveti Ivan or St. Giovanni, depending on your language preference). If you come into town from the direction of Perast, the massive corner of the city wall is the first pa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 5, 2013

St. John Fortress & City Walls
Old Town
Kotor, Montenegro

St. Tryphon Cathedral

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Attraction | "Kotor's Main Cathedral"

St. Tryphon Cathedral Photo, Kotor, Montenegro
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Kotor is an interesting fortified city with several ornate churches in its old section that are worth peeking into at least. The biggest of these in the Cathedral of St. Tryphon. It seems that all the old churches in this part of the world come with a good legend of how they were founded, and St. Tryphon is no exception. The story here is that a group was returning with the body of St. Tryphon and stopped for a rest in Kotor. Every time they tried to leave Kotor with the saint's body, a storm would come up that prevented them from leaving. So, as is the custom in all these legends, they took that as a sign from on high that St. Tryphon was destined to remain there, so they consecrated the churc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 3, 2013

St. Tryphon Cathedral
Trg Sv Tripuna
Kotor, Montenegro

Saint Nicholas Church

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Attraction | "St. Nicholas -- the Perast church not on an island"

Saint Nicholas Church Photo, Perast, Montenegro
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St. Nicholas, the on-shore church of the town of Perast, doesn't have the beautiful setting in the middle of the bay like Our Lady of the Rocks, but it is well worth a visit. It's pretty hard to miss in the middle of the small narrow town. The building is sort of a strange mix of the original church and an abandoned enlargement that stalled when Napoleon conquered the area.It's only one euro to enter the church's treasury, but it is interesting to look over the silver reliquaries and religious artifacts. There are no signs indicating what any of the items are, so we asked, and the woman who sold the tickets was kind enough to fill us in on which saints some of the major relics belonged ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 3, 2013

Saint Nicholas Church

Kotor

Our Lady of the Rocks

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Attraction | "Island Church in the Middle of Kotor Bay"

Our Lady of the Rocks Photo, Perast, Montenegro
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Aside from the natural beauty, one of the most recognizable tourist sites of Kotor Bay is the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks. This pretty little chapel sits on a man-made island in the fjord off the shore of the small town of Perast. The splendid setting is reason enough to visit, of course. But Our Lady of the Rocks has a great, legend of its founding, an unusual long-term effort in its construction, and wonderful traditions, both old and recent, carried on by its worshipers.The back story is that some fishermen found an icon of the Virgin Mary in the bay, but they were unable to take it away from the spot where they found it and had to leave it in the sea. They took this as a sign f...Read More

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Our Lady of the Rocks
Island in the Bay of Kotor
Perast, Montenegro

Cafe Armonia

Restaurant | "Shaded spot for lunch by the water in Perast"

Saint Nicholas Church Photo, Perast, Montenegro
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Just across the street from Kotor Bay is a great spot for lunch in the small town of Perast. Cafe Armonia features a relaxed patio with a grapevine covered trellis overhead providing essential shade. The menu offers a nice selection of salads, sandwiches, seafood, and more. Our food was not fancy, but tasty and inexpensive with good-sized portions. The shady patio was a nice place to take a break and get out of the hot summer sun of Montenegro and it came with a great view of sparkling Kotor Bay.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2013

Cafe Armonia
Ulica Iva Dulčića 34
Dubrovnik
052 465 100