Montenegro’s Legends: Our Lady of the Rocks

  • By Luštica Bay
  • 14 Dec, 2012
You can’t describe the country of Montenegro without mentioning its mystical spirit and ancient legends. For centuries, many of these myths have been passed down through the generations and some continue to tell Montenegro’s story today. These legends have not only stood the test of time, but have come to inspire writers, painters and explorers from around the globe.

Our Lady of the Rocks

One of the better known myths and a story that is still recalled today is that of Our Lady of the Rocks . Legend has it that one of the two islets found in Kotor Bay, known as   Our Lady of the Rocks,   was in fact formed as a result of the local sailors taking an oath in the 15th   century.

As the story goes, after sailors from Perast found a picture of the Virgin Mary and the Christ-child here in 1452, after every successful voyage they would lay a rock in this very spot so that a church could be built on top of these rocks. This tradition continued down the centuries and eventually this is how the islet was formed.

Visiting today

The tiny church found here today was first built by the local Serbian population and was then later converted into a Roman Catholic Church. Today, the church houses a collection of 68 paintings by the Baroque artist Tripo Kokolja.

The customs from this story are still very much alive today. Each year on the 22nd July, local residents and tourists join together to celebrate the festival of  Fašinada .

Once the sun goes down, crowds in rowing boats set out towards the islet to throw rocks overboard in a symbolic widening of this small island.

Read more about the  Magic of Montenegro

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