The old walled port of Kotor, Montenegro, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic. It lies at the end of the Bay of Kotor at what many call Europe’s southernmost fjord. In actuality, the Bay of Kotor is a ria, a submerged river canyon. With the surrounding limestone cliffs and mountains above the Bay, the region around Kotor is quite picturesque.
Behind the moat and venerable stone city walls, the Old Town (Stari Grad) of Kotor has narrow medieval stone lanes and squares.The town is filled with Romanesque churches, Venetian-influenced palaces and an iconic clock tower opposite the main gate. Outside the gate, along the harbor, is the daily farmer’s market.
St. Nicholas’ Church is Kotor’s preeminent Orthodox house of worship. It was built in pseudo-Byzantine style in 1909.Designed by a Russian architect, the gold to gild the spires was a gift from Russia.