The most beautiful city in Montenegro
The coast of Montenegro can be called a real corner of the Middle Ages in the center of Europe.
Small towns, nestled between the mountains and the Adriatic Sea, are filled with the same story that we have seen in films since childhood, read adventure books and studied in school history lessons.
Almost in every such settlement there is the “Old Town” surrounded by stone walls, between which they are crowded on the narrow streets of the church, houses with ancient signs, which are many hundreds of years old and numerous historical milestones.
And if you want to feel the atmosphere of the Middle Ages with a minimum of tourist gloss, go to the city, which is entirely under the protection of UNESCO, in which modern buildings are prohibited and which is the most beautiful in my opinion in Montenegro - in Kotor.
Montenegro itself is a rather small country, therefore, if you wish, all these ancient towns located on the coast can be viewed in a few days. They are literally only kilometers apart.
Curving at the foot of the mountains directly above the sea, the road runs through them one after another
Kotor is located in one of the most beautiful natural harbors in Europe - Boka Kotorska Bay at the foot of the Lovcen mountain range - in July 2000, Boka Kotorska was included in the list of twenty-five most beautiful bays in the world (the rest of the bays from this list are mainly in Scandinavian countries).
Wooden barque on the Russian flag in the gulf roads
The city of Kotor is quite ancient and its history is rich in events. In the third century BC, the Romans founded the city of Akruvium here, but before the Romans, the Illyrians lived in this place. Then the city was part of the Byzantine Empire, the Serbian state, as well as the Venetian Republic and the empire of Napoleon.
The heart and soul of Kotor is the Old Town, surrounded by ancient fortress walls and preserving many historical and architectural monuments: cathedrals and churches, narrow streets and stairs, spacious squares and fountains.
A small tower rises above the Old Town, which can be seen from any point of Kotor - this is the chapel of Our Lady of the Savior, to which a long stone staircase of almost 1000 steps leads.
It was built in memory of those killed by the plague in 1572.And even today, lampadas for the dead are burning there day and night.
At the main entrance to the Old Town, you will be met by such peaceful people
The main square of the Old Town.
In front of the Clock Tower there is a pillory, about which many centuries ago the criminals were pronounced sentences.
From this place, narrow streets are spreading in different directions, one of which leads to the city walls on the slope of the ridge, the chapel of Our Lady of the Savior and the fortress
The streets are very textured and almost not spoiled by tourist gloss. There are much less cafes and souvenir shops, as in other Old Towns.
Signage They delight the eye with their uniqueness, organic and non-modern
Here is located some trading company "Chair"
Simple and clear. Beer at 1.20 euros
Suddenly in a tourist oasis. Disabled Sports Club
Here is the lawyer. Also amazing for a tourist spot.
Normal urban life. As in the Middle Ages, linen is dried by the same old-fashioned methods.
On the rope between the houses
Window. Windows in Montenegro is a special topic for a separate storyline.
Having a little walked along the narrow streets, we reach the stone staircase of 1300 steps leading to the chapel and the castle over the city. There will have to pay a small fee. 3 euros.
Picturesque ascent of the stone stairs.
And species. That is what attracts with incredible strength.
No wonder this place is considered one of the most beautiful harbors in Europe. Even in spite of the fog that hid the mountains and the entrance to the bay, the picture is fascinating.