Monday, August 10, 2009

Day 64, Kotor,Montenegro

The next country is Montenegro, meaning Black Mountain.
It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the south-west and is bordered by Croatia to the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east and Albania to the south.
Montenegro has both a picturesque coast and a mountainous northern region.
Sita and Nopi are interested in visiting Kotor.

In the Middle Ages, this natural harbour on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro was an important artistic and commercial centre with its own famous schools of masonry and iconography.
A large number of the monuments (including four Romanesque churches and the town walls) were seriously damaged by the 1979 earthquake but the town has been restored.
The city of Kotor is especially rich in historic castles, Medieval palaces, and numerous cathedrals.
These various cultural sites has made Kotor a "World Natural and Historical Heritage Site," by UNESCO.

The most impressive and popular site within the city is the Sveti Tripun Cathedral, named after the city's protector Saint Tripun, and was built in the 12th century.

The city itself is surrounded by a stonewall fortification, and is situated right along the coast, at the base of Mount Lovcen.

Most of the city was built between the 12th and the 14th centuries, and is characterized by both the Renaissance and the Baroque periods.

Throughout the city there are elegant examples of the Baroque Period, which was defined by lavish decorations, and extravagance.

OK, Sita and Nopi are now in charge of arranging a Montenegro cruise so that we can see the most well preserved historical sites from the Middle Ages on our return visit to this part of Europe.

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