Ancient Kotor

15-May-2019

Ancient Kotor

Kotor is a medieval fortified town and the most famous Montenegrin place when it comes to cultural attractions. It is located in Boka Kotorska Bay at the foot of Mount Lovcen.

The city is entering through three gates. The main gate was built in the 16th century during the time of the Venetian Republic. As its name suggests, it is the largest and is built in Renaissance - Baroque style with large decorative pillars. The northern gate was built in 1450 and within it is a bridge that crosses the river Skundra. The southern gate is made up of several belts that were built at different times.

The whole city is threatened with walls that are at least 5 km long. Above the city is a special fortress San Giovanni, which is still from the Illyrian era.

Kotor is famous is for its numerous cultural and historical monuments. The largest city square, called the Square of Weapons, is inevitable. During the Venetian period, he used to store and repair weapons. In this square you can see Clock Tower, Prince Palace, Arsenal Building, Napoleon Theater and Tower of the City Guard. The watch clock originated from the 17th century, and in the earlier period there was a pillar of shame on it under which prisoners were punished.

Napoleon's theater was built in the 18th century, renovated in 1810 and then converted into a permanent theater.

Historical and cultural monuments in Kotor

The city is abundant with preserved palaces, from which the Palace of Drago, Grubonje, Beskuca, Pima, Buca, the Grgurin palace from the 17th century in which the Maritime Museum is located today stand out. The city is adorned with the cathedral of St. Tripun, which was built in 1166. Entrance is 2.5 €. A unique place is also the Church of St Luke from the 12th century, which has a Catholic and Orthodox altar.

The whole city is under the protection of UNESCO and is included in the World Heritage List.

Kotor is rich in festivals and entertainment events such as Bokeljska night, International festival of klapa, masquerades and the like.

It should be noted that at the entrance to Kotor there is a crossroad for Cetinje. This old road can be reached through the village of Njeguša to the Lovcen National Park and Njegoš Mausoleum. Then from Cetinje you can return to Kotor via Budva. This is an exceptional daily tour.

If you want to eat, you can find many good restaurants in Kotor. In addition to the tastes and smells of the local cuisine, you will enjoy authentic bachelorette ambience. The most famous restaurants are Galion and Scala Santa located in the heart of the old town. You need to try a local fish specialty fish broth prepared from cooked fish scrubs and has a unique taste. Apart from them, there are a large number of restaurants with a wide range of hot beverages and pastries.

Kotor offers a variety of quality accommodation.

You can buy a city map at the kiosk located at the main entrance.

The city is located 5 km north of the airport in Tivat, or 20 minutes by car. The airport in Podgorica is 65 kilometers away. You can come to Kotor with the car of Respecta car agency. The car can book easily online.