Kotor, Montenegro

The Bay of Kotor and surrounding mountains, viewed from the harbor of Kotor, Montenegro

The Bay of Kotor and surrounding mountains, viewed from the harbor of Kotor, Montenegro

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.

Old Town (right) and New Town (left) Kotor, Montenegro

Old Town (right) and New Town (left) Kotor, Montenegro

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.

The moat formed by the Bay of Kotor and the norther city wall, Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

The moat formed by the Bay of Kotor and the norther city wall, Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

Stone steps up to St. Ivan's Fortress pass the tiny Church of Our Lady of Health (16th C.), Kotor, Montenegro

Stone steps up to St. Ivan’s Fortress pass the tiny Church of Our Lady of Health (16th C.), Kotor, Montenegro

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.

The Church of St. Nicholas (1909), Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

The Church of St. Nicholas (1909), Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

Old private residence, Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

Old private residence, Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

Orthodox Church, Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

Orthodox church interior, Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

Clock tower in Stari Grad (Old Town), Kotor, Montenegro

Clock tower in Stari Grad (Old Town), Kotor, Montenegro

Typical (slick) stone street, Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

Typical (slick) stone street, Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

Guesthouse (former private residence), Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

Guesthouse (former private residence), Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

3 thoughts on “Kotor, Montenegro

  1. Honestly, everyday gets better! What a thrill to be “with you!” I love your photography… Charlie

    Charles Vollmar, Chef / Owner, http://www.epicureanexchange.com

    “Always appreciate the food on the plate, the wine in the glass, and the people around you.”

    –– Chef Jean-Pierre Moullé, Chez Panisse

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  2. Looks lovely. I was in Dubrovnik in 1971 with my father and brother long before it was negatively impacted by war

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  3. Several decades ago, after sailing down the coast of Yugoslavia, we tied up in the narrow port of Kotor and went ashore for dinner. When we returned to the boat, a heavy rainstorm with lightning had broken out; and we were afraid to board, because we thought the tall mast might attract the lightning and that we might be electrocuted. I still do not know whether that was a danger.

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