A serbian orthodox church next door to the mosaics that was well worth a quick visit inside. You find it in a small park which had a bit of shade that was good for us in this August visit. In fact we visited Risan to get us out of the sun for a while. There was a cafe in the park just in front of the church as well for light refreshment.more
To be fair this was a trip that was ok if you have your own transport but really if you had to make a big effort getting a bus or similar I would not bother. The mosaics are displayed underneath a shelter and you get a audio guide if you want. Now here is a very important tip. You may have to ask for an audio guide, I did. When you get the audio...more
Here I am at the church's Krsna Slava in Risan, Montenegro, sitting next to the priest and having a glass of pretty bad wine at 10:00 am. At that time of morning, I normally would be drinking a cup of Peet's coffee with french vanilla creamer, or even eating an oatmeal and golden raisin cookie on a REALLY good morning, but usually NOT drinking wine...more
Risan is the site of Roman ruins and some fairly well-preserved mosaic floors that had been in a Roman house during 2nd century A.D. The excavation site is small and you can visit it in about 15 minutes.We had a young, knowledgeable guide show us around. Like many Montenegrins, she kept apologizing about her English, which we actually thought was...more
As we were walking through the church yard at the St. Petar and Paul Serbian Orthodox Church in Risan, we came across a picnic table full of church members having at party. This was at 10:00 am, and we noted they were passing out beer and wine freely.It turned out they were celebrating the day of the church's saint - a Krsna Slava, They immediately...more
Almost all of the small towns in Montenegro all have a Serbian Orthodox Church that is the centerpiece of town. This one is located in the center of Risan. Serbian Orthodox churches are named after saints. If my memory serves me correctly, this one is the church of St. Petar and Paul.more
The mosaics were excaved in 1930. and conserved in 1960. During the excavations in 1971.-72. are completely excaved and conserved the foundations of the villa with their reconstructions, but it is necessary to restore one more mosaic in the western part of villa.more
The mosaics cover four of many up to now discovered rooms. Three of them are treated by the geometrical motifs, but in one, together with the vegetable ornament, appeared peerless figural motif of the God of dreams Hypnos. This motif is very very rare in the world !more
At Risan, you can either continue along the Bay of Risan (in the larger Bay of Kotor) toward Kotor, or you can start climbing up the mountain to Niksic, which is inland. My husband's family comes from Niksic, but due to lack of time, we had to miss Niksic.My husband's Serbian-American cousin, who had just returned from Niksic a few weeks earlier,...more
This is the view of the Bay of Risan from town. The entire town is off the beaten path because of its location, and it can be easily bypassed by taking the ferry across the Bay of Kotor. It is hard to believe that this sleepy little town, population 1,500, once had 10,000 inhabitants during Roman times during the first few centuries A.D.
Its reputation of being a desirable place to live was pretty much diminished when it was sacked by the Sarcens in 865 A.D. and destroyed by an earthquake around the same time.
All of this now makes this town a perfect place to linger on a park bench admiring the view of the sea. What a nice way to spend part of a beautiful morning!
Favorite thing: Risan is surprisingly green and lush. The town sits below Mt. Orjen (6159 feet), which boasts of the highest precipitation in Europe. Paradoxically, the Bay of Kotor area suffers from a constant water shortage. This is due to the heavy karstification of the area - drainage into sinkholes, caves and underground streams. Efforts are underway in Montenegro to tap into this precious resource.