Destination Montenegro: The Historical City of Kotor

  • By Luštica Bay
  • 19 Dec, 2012
Less than thirty minutes’ drive from Luštica Bay lies one of Montenegro’s highlights, the region of Kotor. Known to be an area steeped in history, the city was built between the 12th and 14th centuries, and earned its UNESCO world heritage status for “exerting considerable influence, over a span of time on developments in architecture”. The influence and durability of the craftsmanship, art, goldsmithing and architecture schools has clearly stood the test of time, and can been seen widely across Kotor today.
Kotor’s Stari Grad (old town) is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, housing a plethora of ancient churches and former aristocratic mansions. Accessed via one of three gates that form part of the city bulwark (another impressive architectural feat) Kotor has much to discover. No matter which door visitors enter through, the famous pinnacle and “protector of the city”, the Cathedral Sveti Tripin (Cathedral of Saint Tryphon) cannot be missed.
Meandering through Kotor’s old town, it becomes clear why this city is classed as a site of cultural heritage: whether it is Napoleon’s Theatre, The Prince’s Palace or the abundance of classical churches. The most iconic of Kotor’s sites can be found within the Square of Arms, the city’s largest square situated on west side of the city, which is home to the imposing clock tower, former arsenal and Napoleon’s Theatre.
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