Montenegro. Boat trips. Perast (part 1)

Explore the beauty of the Boko Kotor Bay. Islands "Our Lady on the Reef" and "St. George".

Our Lady of the Reef (Gospa od Skrpjela) is an artificial island created by sinking old and captured ships. It is located off the coast of the city of Perast in the Bay of Kotor. The Roman Catholic church is the largest building on the island, in addition to which there is also a museum, a small gift shop and a lighthouse.
According to legend, the island was made over the centuries by sailors who thus fulfilled ancient oaths after two sailors escaped on the rock and found an icon of the Madonna and Child there. It is believed that this happened on July 22, 1452. The rescued sailors decided to strengthen the rock with stones to create an island and build a church on it.

The island of St. George (Sveti Dordje) - or as it is also called - "the island of the dead". The island is of natural origin and is located near the town of Perast, opposite the island of "Our Lady on the Reef".
On the island there is an old abbey, which was founded in honor of St. George in the IX century. The first mention of it was only in 1166, but the architecture of the structure speaks of an earlier time of construction.
The island of the Dead got its name for the fact that for several centuries there were burials of famous Perast captains and rich local residents. Each tombstone was decorated with a unique heraldic emblem.
Today, the island of St. George is owned by the Catholic Church, and it is home to a holiday home for priests. This is a closed area and official visits are prohibited.


Fred Micklow
Such a beautiful place
thanks for pics and story
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