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    Catholic Cathedral of St. John in Budva

    by hopang Updated Apr 26, 2015

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    The Catholic Cathedral of St. John in Budva is the largest church in Budva. Its bell tower which towers above all other buildings in the Old Town of Budva, is one of the landmarks in the city. It has history that dates back to the 7th century. The Church was built to dedicate to St. John the Baptist. Its bell tower can be seen from many parts of this resort city of Budva.

    The Catholic Cathedral of St. John in Budva is the holiest of the holies. The Church was said to have protected Budva from pirate attacks and natural disaster such as plagues since the 14th century. Nevertheless the church was serevely damaged in the earthquake in the 17th century and was later restored to its original design. It is certainly one of the oldest churches in eastern Republic of Montenegro. This Catrholic church actually served as a Cathedral for many centuries under the seat of diocese until the year 1828 when it was abolished.

    Catholic Cathedral of St. John in Budva Catholic Cathedral of St. John in Budva The bell tower above the citadel The bell tower over the skyline of Budva
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    Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Budva

    by hopang Updated Apr 26, 2015

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    The Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Budva is the newest of all the old town churches in the Balkans. It was constructed in the beginning of the 19th century. It has a bell loft with three bells on its facade which also has a beautiful rosette made of mosaic above the main door as depicted on our main photograph. There is a unique dome on the top of the Church. The architecture of the Church was based on the Church of Assumption in Podostrog Monastery in the northern part of the Republic of Montenegro.

    A tombstone of Stefan Mitrov Ljubisa, a famous writer and politician, can be seen in front of the Church. The interior of the Church has some famous iconostasis painted by the famous Greek artist Naom Zetiri in the late 19th century. Unfortunately photography and video recording are not allowed inside the Church as in many other Orthodox churches. Well worth a visit when you are in this seaside resort city of Budva!

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    Bronze Statue of a Ballerina in Budva

    by hopang Updated Apr 25, 2015

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    The Bronze Statue of a Ballerina is located at Mogren Beach just within a stone's throw from the famous walled city of Old Town Budva. It was sculptured by Gradimir Alesis. It is one of the symbols of this seaside resort city of Budva.

    We have heard many versions of the legends behind this bronze statue. Some said that the ballet dancer fell down from the nearby mountain. But the most likely legend has it that the ballet dancer married to a sailor who did not return to Budva one day. She came to the shore every day to watch the waves hoping to see her husband alive. She died later from sadness and loneliness.

    This bronze statue of a Ballerina is quite a popular tourist attraction in Budva. Many postcards of Budva has this image on its cover. Unfortunately Mogren Beach was closed during the winter months when we were there. We managed to take the above photographs only from a distance.

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    The Resort of Risan

    by hopang Updated Apr 23, 2015

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    Risan is the oldest town at the Bay of Kotor located on the northern end of the Bay of Kotor. It has history that dates back all the way to the 3rd century BC when it was a fortified town. Today it is a small port as well as a tourist lake resort with a population of just over 2,000 inhabitants. Hotel Teuta named after Queen Teuta, its most famous citizen, is the tallest building in the town of Risan as depicted in the center (white building) of our main photograph. Risan has some small sandy beaches. It is scenic with high overhanging limestone cliffs at one side and the wonderful bay on the other side.

    During the Roman invasion Queen Teuta was said to have retreated here and made Risan her capital city. Among the popular tourist attractions in Risan is the remains of the Roman mosaics housed in a small museum which was discovered in the year 1930 during excavation. There is a mosaic of Hypnos in the sleeping room which is said to be the Greek God of Sleep.

    Small town of Risan at scenic Bay of Kotor The scenic Bay of Kotor Hotel Teuta, the tallest building in Risan
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    The Clock Tower of Kotor

    by hopang Updated Apr 23, 2015

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    The Clock Tower of Kotor inside the Old Town is one of the symbols of Kotor. It is located at the Square of Arms which is the largest square in the Old Town of Kotor. This clock tower has history that dates back to the 17th century. It is a three storey building with different styles of architecture. Parts of the clock tower was built in Baroque style while its northern and eastern facades were built in Gothic style. There is a crest from the ruler of that time on its facade. Below the Clock Tower is a Pillar of Shame where criminals were executed in front of the public during the past centuries.

    The Clock Tower suffered damages during the earthquake in the 17th century and it leaned on one side. It was not repaired until the next earthquake that struck Kotor in the 20th century. It was finally restored to its upright position after the earthquake.

    The Square of Arms are dotted with cafes, restaurants and numerous souvenir shops. We purchased our Montenegro souvenir book and some magnets from one of these souvenir shops.

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    Old Town of Kotor

    by hopang Updated Apr 23, 2015

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    The Old Town of Kotor is a very popular tourist attraction in the city of Kotor. The Old Town is surrounded by mighty city fortifications approximately 5 kilometres long, as tall as 20 metres high and as thick as 15 metres wide constructed during the Venetian era. It has history that dates back to the 9th century. The Old Town was designated as world heritage site by UNESCO in the year 1979.

    Kotor is situated at the picturesque Bay of Kotor which is a natural fjord. The Bay of Kotor is certainly very scenic with the overhanging limestone cliffs on its side. There are lots of attractions in the Old Town for visitors to visit and explore especially the cathedrals, churches and the museums. Unfortunately we did not have time to visit and explore all of them as this was our day trip from Dubrovnik and it was quite rush! We hope to come back on our own and of course stay overnight in the city as well.

    The most popular cathedral is undoubtedly the 14th century Cathedral of St. Tryphon. The Square of Arms with its clock tower located just inside the main gate is the largest square in the Old Town. There are also lots of eateries inside the Old Town for those who are hungry and thirsty. Make sure you visit the Old Town when you visit the city of Kotor on your vacation! You will not be disappointed.

    Main gate to the Old Town of Kotor The Square of Arms just inside the main gate The Old Town of Kotor The narrow street of the Old Town of Kotor Well maintained old buildings in the Old Town
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    Cathedral of St. Tryphon in Kotor

    by hopang Updated Apr 23, 2015

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    The Cathedral of St. Tryphon is a Roman Catholic cathedral constructed in the 12th century to replace a smaller church built on the same site in the 8th century. It was built in Romanesque style of architecture. The Cathedral was consecrated in the year 1166 to dedicate to St. Tryphon (Sveti Tripun), the protector and patron of Kotor. It is a very popular tourist attraction in the Old Town of Kotor. Relief of saints in gold and silver and frescoes from the 14th century can be seen near the altar of the Cathedral.

    Admission to the Cathedral of St. Tryphon costs just €2.50 and it incudes entrance to the Sacral Art Museum upstairs with lots of important artefacts. You probably need one hour of your time to visit and explore all the artefacts.

    The Cathedral of St. Tryphon is certainly one of the most impressive buildings in Kotor. It is also one of the largest buildings in the city. The two baroque style bell towers look a little bit different compared to each other owing to unfinished reconstruction. The Cathedral was severely damaged in the earthquake in the 17th century and again in the 20th century. Much of the Cathedral had been restored.

    Cathedral of St. Tryphon in Kotor Cathedral of St. Tryphon in Kotor Stained-glass window of the Cathedral An exhibit from the Treasury Another important exhibit from the Treasury
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    Church of Our Lady of the Rock off Perast

    by hopang Updated Apr 23, 2015

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    The Church of Our Lady of the Rock has history that dates back to the 15th century. It was constructed on an artificial island formed by residents throwing a rock everytime they sailed pass the islet since the 15th century. This rectangular Roman Catholic Church was constructed of stones with a square presbytery complete with a large dome on top. The circular bell tower has a loggia and a small dome on top. The tradition of throwing a stone by residents into the islet continues today and is celebrated on 22nd July each year so that the stone will add to the size of the island.

    Interior of the church is quite astonishing and is beautifully and colourfully decorated with paintings even on the ceilings. There is a Museum and a gift shop above the Church. Lots of paintings by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th century artist from Perast are exhibited in the Museum. Paintings by some Italian artists are also exhibited in the Museum. Other exhibits include models, instruments, tapestries and tablets.

    Admission to the Church is free. Admission to the Museum is only €1.00 per adult. Taking a return ferry trip from the coast of Perast costs an additional €5.00 per person. It certainly is worth the trip! The Church of Our Lady of the Rock is one of the most visited churches in the Republic of Montenegro. Don't miss it when you visit Perast on your vacation!

    Church of Our Lady of the Rock off Perast Church of Our Lady of the Rock off Perast The paintings on the ceilings of the Church A painting by Tripo Kokolja Another important exhibit in the Museum
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    Perast at the Bay of Kotor

    by jumpingnorman Written Aug 23, 2014

    Perast is a beautiful old town on the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, just a few kilometres northwest of Kotor. The old town is very charming and picturesque. Through many centuries, this town became part of many rulers, from the Byzantine empire in the 10th century to being part of Yugoslavia in 1945. In 2006, Montenegro became independent and now proudly owns this beautiful location.

    There are two islets close to the town - St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks. I took a very short boat ride to the latter and it was a great photo-op opportunity. I took jumping pictures of myself with the St George islet behind me.

    Perast, Montenegro with Islet of St George Old Town of Perast, Montenegro Our Lady of the Rocks, Perast, Montenegro Perast, Montenegro Boat ride to an islet at Perast, Montenegro

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    Montenegro Cruising

    by 1tricky3 Written Jun 5, 2013

    Most agents in the Budva/Becici area sell the day-trip with Montenegro Cruising at a very reasonable 25euros. Coached to Tivat you set off around the bays culminating in Kotor . To go into too much detail will spoil the experience but it starts off with a welcome drink on board the first stop usually being Herceg Novi. The absolute highlight is the stop at the Lady of the Rocks island which is artificial and houses a chapel and museum (1 euro entry). Prepare to be amazed at the story behind this remarkable site and the artifacts contained therein, the value must be immense! I marvelled at one piece in particular a needlework picture of the Virgin Mary with baby Christ and cherubs, it took 25 years to complete and used gold and silver wire and the hair of the very diligent lady whose labour of love completed it. Of all the trips I've done in Montenegro this is without doubt the highlight and will leave you with long lasting memories

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  • Rafting on Tara River

    by Ogi79 Written Oct 18, 2012

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    Experience of a life time!!!

    Tara - one of the most beautiful and most attractive rivers in Europe. On its 145 kilometer long flow form Komovi, Tara made an almost 100 km long and 1.3 km deep canyon. The Tara canyon is the second deepest in the world, just after the famous Colorado River in USA, but certainly, it is the most beautiful canyon in the world. It is in a very calm area, far away from any Balkan troubles and disturbances. Because of its pure drinkable water, opulent vegetation and wild life, with great number of endemic species, Tara Canyon is under protection of UNESCO...

    Tara River has the longest rafting tradition in our country, with famous deep canyon and crystal clear water. It is a great attraction and tourists like to visit it.

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    Durmitor National Park

    by ant1606 Updated Sep 20, 2011

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    The UNESCO protected area includes a mountain environment and the Tara Canyon, the deepest in Europe. The climate conditions make it sort of a piece of the Alps in the Balkans and a great destination for hiking experiences. Not too crowded, not yet. Montenegro is opening to tourism which has seen an increase in recent years, but isn't a prime destination for many.

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    Itinerary

    by northeast80 Written May 3, 2011

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    Just a very rough itenerary we took for our holiday in Croatia, Montenegro and BiH
    We started in Split, had 2 nights there, went to Vis Island for a night (left the car in Split), drove along the coast to Makarska and had a night there, then carried on down the coast, stopped in Ploce and then Ston and stayed one night in Dubrovnik. Onwards to Herceg Novi and around to Kotor; three nights there and then to Cetinje via the very steep mountain pass (not the main route) this was the hair pin bend bit where we drove through the top of the clouds to a plateau with meadows and little villages. We stopped in Cetinje for food then headed onto Virpazar for the night which is in a national park by lake Skadarsko (you can take nature trips on boats out here). The next day we went up to Podgorica via Golubovci, had food and bought in supplies then drove up to Ostrog monastry, had a look round there and carried on to Zabljak via Niksic. This was a lovely Alpine area which they were redevoping alot for skiing but didn't seem to have the infrastructure in place, there are lots of lovely walks around here too. We went to an information place, Zabljak Tourist Agency, the girl helped us find somewhere to stay and we booked our rafting tour with them too.
    We drove to the starting place, a little hut and a cafe next door, met the other people and got ready. We got into their 4WD to the starting place (we didn't have that long left of our holiday so were out for 1 day). We stopped at a few places to look at waterfalls, we went under the huge viaduct and were picked up forther down stream with the 4WD and driven back to the start.
    From Zabljak we drove to Sarajevo had 3 or 4 nights there (I can't remember) drove to Mostar and lunch and a look round there and then took the A1 all the way up to Vodice had a night there, which was a bit touristy but a pretty old town, the next day we drove and stopped at Trogir for the night (so we could be near the airport for an early flight) which was a lovely walled town with a big market.
    There were other places we stopped off too but I can't remember them all, we did a lot! I hope it helps.

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    Sveti Stefan

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sveti Stefan is a unique hotel which occupies an entire island on the Montenegrin Coast south of Budva. The island is connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. Sveti Stefan used to be a village and then its buidlings were acquired/confiscated by the Tito government and turned into a luxury hotel. Non-guests can tour the grounds of the hotel for about 7 Euros.

    Sveti Stefan, the island/hotel
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    Rafting in Tara river

    by Rusket Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I have not tried rafting, but I surely will next time I go back to the Tara Canyon! It looks great, but seems a bit expencive. There are several tour operators, the link to one of them is listed below. Here is a link to a more informative site with som nice pictures:
    http://www.durmitorcg.com/rafting_eng.php

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