At the southern entrance into Virpazar, stands an impressive 15-20 meters high rock that is topped by the remains of a defense tower. On the tower has been built a statue to honor the memory of the partisans. Two carved slabs are fixed in the rock. The left one was sealed on July 13th 1964 "to honor the memories of our sons and daughters that freed the country during the war and revolution of 1941-1945.
The other one was sealed in 1997 to honor those that died in 1702, fighting the Turks. It bears a sentence by Njegosh, a most famous Montenegrin that was altogether head of the Montenegrin State and head of the Montenegrin Church, which means that he was both religious and profane ruler. He was a great writer and a philosopher as well (Thank you Jelena for this precisions about Njegosh !)
Favorite thing: Most part of the city is on the other side of the stone bridge built over the river that drains the Crmnicko Polje, a small plain densely cultivated, west to the city. I have not found when the bridge was built. It does not seem to be Roman but looks several centuries old.
Favorite thing: Virpazar is an important traffic junction since the highway and the railway from the seaside to Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro run there on a long bridge, low on the water. You can see it in the background if you enlarge the picture. The railway was built in 1909 by an Italian company and links Bar, the main harbor of the country to Podgorica, the capital.
Favorite thing: You can also rent a smaller boat. This can be especially interesting during winter as Skadar lake hosts a lot of water birds, some very rare. It has the most important colony in Europe of pigmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmeus) and of Dalmatian Pelican (Pelacanus crispus)
Excursion boats can take you for trips of various length on the lake, possibly including the visit of some island monastiries.
This boat has the typical shape of Skadar lake's boats, very long and narrow.
In the foreground, a shaded square is the center of the city.
Favorite thing: Skadar lake is also the home of eels (Anguilla anguilla), carp (Cyprinus carpio), pike (Esox lucius), perch (Perca fluviatilis) roach (Rutilus rutilus). This photo of the bucket that a fisherman was bringing home shows on top 2 carps, on the right 2 perches and far right and far left 2 roaches.
Favorite thing: In the middle of the square, a fountain bears the head of four lions. I suppose that at some time, water flew freely from the mouth of each lion into the basins. That was not the case any more but on one of them, a tap allowed, nevertheless to get water.