Winter continues to knock at Montenegro’s door; its imminent arrival is now in evidence, in fact, by the increasingly snow-covered mountains.
But while the season-change means that the beaches are now deserted, Montenegro’s waters are not. Some of the country’s most beautiful locations remain the many lakes and waterways that connect the splendid village-filled verdant mountains all around. One particular Montenegrin highlight, Our Lady of the Rocks, popular with both tourists and locals, is one of the ways in which one can tell that this beautiful country’s waters are still just as appealing to visit in fabulous sunshine, as they are on a blustery November day.
The islet, which sits off the coast of Perast in the Bay of Kotor, is where you’ll find the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks, arguably one of Montenegro’s most recognisable icons and beautiful highlights.
Today, the Catholic church on site houses a collection of sixty-eight paintings by the famous 17th-century Baroque artist Tripo Kokolja, including his most famous and important painting, ‘The Death of the Virgin’.
The church also houses a famous votive tapestry embroidered by Jacinta Kunić-Mijović from Perast. Kunić-Mijović took twenty-five years to finish the tapestry while waiting for her love to return from a long journey, in which time she eventually becoming blind. Bar the tragic love story weaved within it, as well as the use of gold and silver thread, what makes this tapestry quite so special, is the fact that she also embroidered her own hair into it.