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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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Interior Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ | Podgorica, Montenegro

Interior Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ | Podgorica, Montenegro

When I entered this Cathedral, I expected golden paintings so commonly seen in old Orthodox churches. My expectations though were only slightly correct… To my own surprise, in one of the paintings, I saw illustrations of Marx, Engels, and Tito… rotting in hell. When I saw it, all the puzzles started to fit in place – I was surrounded by paintings of relatively “modern” people who had a great deal of influence on politics and history of Montenegro.

The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ | Podgorica, Montenegro

The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ | Podgorica, Montenegro

Looking at this cathedral from the outside, I would guess that it is at least a century old. The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, the original name rendered: Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja i Crkva Svetog Spasa, was accomplished only in 2013. The exterior design follows the style of the traditional Byzantine monuments such as The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in Kotor, which would suggest that it was likely built at the same time, in the 12th Century.

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.

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