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  • Our Lady of the Rock Chapel
    Our Lady of the Rock Chapel
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  • St. Nicholas Church and Belfry
    St. Nicholas Church and Belfry
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  • Our Lady of the Rock Chapel
    Our Lady of the Rock Chapel
    by HORSCHECK

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    Gospa od Škrpjela

    by JLBG Written Oct 18, 2005

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    Seamen of Perast use to load the ships captured from their enemies with stones and sink them on a shoal. On the island formed in this way a small church was built on the place where, according to the legend, the icon of Virgin Mary was found floating at the surface of the sea. Since 1452, every year on the 22nd of July (I have read elsewhere that it was on the15th of August, day of the Assumption) fishermen bring some stones to the island and throw them into the water, symbolically taking part to the permanent building of the island, which is now about 3,000 square kilometers. For this traditional and solemn event (whatever the day), Bokelj (inhabitants of Boka Kotorska) coming from every city in the Bay of Kotor, ornate their boats with flowers and banderoles and attend a religious ceremony that recalls the goods and the bads of the Bokelj mariners. The island can be considered as the ex-voto of Bokelj mariners and should thus be the largest ex-voto in the world.

    The original church of Gospa od Škrpjela was built in 1452. The present one is a baroque church built in 1632 and enlarged in 1722.

    I have found that the name of Gospa od Škrpjela came from the Italian name of the place, Madonna dello Scarpello. The De Mauro Paravia dictionnary of Italian gives «scarpèllo » as a popular word for scalpello. Then, though it is translated in English as Our Lady of the Rocks, if I am not mistaking, that would mean “Our Lady with the scissors”. Strange, isn’t it ? That does not make sense and their must be another explanation.

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    Boat shelter

    by JLBG Written Oct 18, 2005

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    A little further along the quay, a vaulted boat shelter has been built for large size boats. It is now empty : when it was built, the main street of Perast was behind the first row of houses (now called Stari Put ie the old street) and when a new street has been built on the quay, it has blocked the entrance. The head-space is so low that only very small boats could now come in.

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    Slim city !

    by JLBG Written Oct 18, 2005

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    This photo was taken from the end of a small pier. It shows only a small part of the city but enough to show that it is a slim city, stretching between the shore and the steep slopes of the Rudo Brdo mountain (elevation 871 m). In most places there cannot be more than two or three houses wide while it is almost one kilometer long.

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    Narrow street

    by JLBG Written Oct 18, 2005

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    Fortunately, the road from Kotor to Risan passes now outside to Perast (on the heights) and the main street, along the quays (Obalni put), is very quiet. The street that runs parallel to the quay after a block of houses, is named “old street” (Stari put). It is even quieter as it is too narrow for cars !

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    Glorious past

    by JLBG Written Oct 18, 2005

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    As said in the introduction of this page, Perast had a glorious past and a great many palaces of the 14-15th century still stand proudly. Some are in good condition and inhabited. Others are roofless and still awaiting repair.

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    For evening chat !

    by JLBG Written Oct 18, 2005

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    This photo represents a strange facility. If you enlarge the photo, you will see that it is basically a stone scale that allows walking from the quay to the sea. However, between the quay and the see level, it passes through a round facility with stone benches around. This looks like a place where citizens can sit and chat together and watch the port and those who are going to their boat.

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    No beach

    by JLBG Written Oct 18, 2005

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    Perast has no beach but nevertheless bathing is very popular, everywhere in the city. As the city is so quiet, it is possible to sun bathe on the old stone quays. As you can see on this photo, some even choose to have a Persian carpet as a bathing sheet !

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    Natural settings

    by prleprle Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    This photo was taken from Lepetane-Kamenari ferry and there in backgrouong, after Verige is Perast. As you could see, Perast has wonderfull natural setting, squeezed between sea and mountain, overlooking Verige strait.

    Perast, Montenegro
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    Promenade

    by prleprle Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    Perast has only few streets but also has beautifull promenade in waterfront. You could walk there by day or by night and to enjoy in breeze from the sea on one side or from the mountain on other side. As far as I know, Perast has only 2 restorants and 1 or 2 bars... so, you could find easily anyone you need.

    Perast, Montenegro
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    Ruins

    by prleprle Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    So many palaces and so depopulated... without sandy beaches so, not so many tourist... made that some palaces and houses of Perast are abounded and few are ruined. That places better days and new owners who'll have money to preserve them but be able to feel the soul of the town and not to destroy it.

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    Islets

    by prleprle Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    Islands of Sv.Djordje (St. George) and Gospa od Skrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks) are situated in the vicinity of Perast. The two miniature islands are very attractive spots and frequently photographed.
    The story goes as follows: in 1452 brothers Mortesic (fishermen) found the painting of Our lady on the little rock close to the Sv.George island. When they brought it home, their sick brother suddenly returned to health, thus proving its miraculous powers. The citizens of Perast then vowed to built a church in the honour of Our Lady on the spot where it was found. To this end, they unloaded a huge quantity of stones into the sea (30-40 m deep) around the barely visible rock (it was considered a sacred duty to bring a stone or two, and the famous seafarers from Perast regularly unloaded the balast stones from their ships at the site) , and made an artifical island. As it stands today, the church was built in 1630, and the dome added in 1720-1725. It harbours the original painting of Our Lady, actually painted by Lovro Dobricevic in the XV century.
    Other islet, St George, is natural island. It is the site of Benedictine abbey from the XI century, and todays church is from 17 / 18 century.

    Perast, Montenegro
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    Museum

    by prleprle Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    Perast is town of very rich history and some of it displayed in local museum. In the Bujevic's palace, the Town Museum is located. There is a very interesting historical story saying that the Russian soldiers used to come in Perast to learn sailing skills and that it was known as a cradle of the Russian fleet. One of the finest naval schools in Europe was located at Perast in the 17-18th centuries. Future sailors from far away countries who were eager to learn arrived there. Peter the Great tsar of all Russia also learnt to sail in this wonderful natural marina.

    Museum, Perast, Montenegro
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    Palaces

    by prleprle Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    Citizens of Perast were very rich and sailors from this town reached almost every corner of this globe. Sailors and noblemen built for their families splendid houses to show their wealthness. There are a lot of remains of the old aristocratic palaces that now bear witness to the ancient splendor and richness.

    Perast, Montenegro
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    Church

    by prleprle Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    Perast is town of churches and you'll see them several around... almost on every other corner. Most of them were built in baroqe style with great towers.
    A memorial tablet on the wall of St. Nicholas church (built in the 18th century) immortalizes the victory of the dwellers of Perast over the Turkish army (with 7000 soldiers) in 1654.

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    Permanent decline

    by karenincalifornia Updated Dec 29, 2004

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    For about 150 years from the mid 1600's to the late 1700's, Perast became a boom town and was economically stronger than any other city on Boka Kotorska. During this time, beautiful palaces were built by wealthy seafaring families.

    The busy seaport of Perast stagnated under Austrian rule beginning in 1797 and went into permanent decline. It never recovered and continued to suffer hardship during WWI, WWII, communism and now, difficult economic times.

    Perast, Montenegro
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