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Kotor Bay, old town and Venetian Fortress

Kotor Bay, old town and Venetian Fortress

Kotor Bay and Venetian Fortress in Montenegro Once you see a photo of Kotor Bay made from the ancient ruins in mountains above, you cannot help but dream to visit this place. Kotor in Montenegro was a photographic dream for Nico for at least two years, but it always...

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Kotor ruins – daytime view | Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ruins – daytime view | Kotor, Montenegro

Fortifications of Kotor are remarkable construction, influenced by several architectural styles, with the Venetian style predominantly. Unfortunately, severe earthquakes have damaged them in the 16th and the 17th centuries. The consequences of the most recent one from April 1979 are still visible on the Kotor Fortress.

Kotor panorama – daylight | Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor panorama – daylight | Kotor, Montenegro

Why choose this Adriatic Sea port for a holiday or vacation? Probably because of the nature – you have the Kotor Bay, surrounded by mountains which height ranges from 1000m to 1700m. Additionally, those of you, who like medieval culture and history, would really appreciate the well-preserved Kotor Old Town and the Fortifications.

Kotor Northern Gate before sunrise | Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor Northern Gate before sunrise | Kotor, Montenegro

Built in the 16th century as a memory of Kotor’s victory over the well-known Turkish admiral Hajrudin Barbarosa, it’s impressive that the Northern Gate is still in excellent condition. As typical for medieval times construction, next to the Kotor Northern Gate there is a moat with turquoise water. I chose this spot in the valley under Saint John’s Hill for my photo session because it offers a clear view to Kotor Fortress.

Kotor Fortress From St. John’s Hill | Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor Fortress From St. John’s Hill | Kotor, Montenegro

The entire complex of towers, gates, ramparts, etc., together with the Castle of San Giovanni and Kotor Old Town is part of UNESCO World Heritage since 1979. Unfortunately, Kotor Fortress has been damaged by several severe earthquakes but also because of erosion. If you plan to climb up St. John’s Hill in order to reach the Fortress, be very careful and watch your steps.

The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon | Kotor, Montenegro

The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon | Kotor, Montenegro

We visited this Adriatic Sea port right after New Year Eve, which explains the festive lights on the buildings. Consecrated in 1166, the Kotor Cathedral was built in honor of Saint Tryphon, who is considered by the locals as the patron and protector of the city. Before that, in the 10th century, an older church existed there. It has been keeping Saint Tryphon’s remains.

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