Sunday 8 December 2019

Balkan Travel Pt 13: [Montenegro] The Old Town Of Kotor Photo Gallery

The old town of Kotor is a well preserved medieval town in Montenegro. It is located on a triangular piece of land bordered by River Scurda towards its north, the Bay of Kotor towards its south and Saint Ivan Hills towards its east. Its mountainous topography and rustic ambiance are a perfect blend for many picturesque landscapes. This old town is also heavily fortified being protected by walls as long as 4.5 kilometers, reaching heights of 20 meters and width of 15 meters. These walls which were built sometime between the 9th and 18th century together with the old town it encloses have been accorded a UNESCO World Heritage Site status. A walk around this old town is indeed a walk back in time and I enjoyed every moment of it. Though my visit was brisk, the churches, the squares, the open-air cafes, the heritage buildings, the narrow lanes and the cobblestone paved walls and pathways have made quite an indelible impression. 

Here's sharing some photos of Kotor Old Town with you.

Kotor Old Town Photo Gallery

There are 3 entrances into the Old Town. I entered from Sea Gate (aka Main Gate) which is closest to the bay.
Caught a glimpse of a lion sculpture embedded in the wall.
There are several squares in the town the main one being Square Of Arms. Many festivals, carnivals, concerts and other events are organized on this square. 

With the mountains as a backdrop, many sites in the old town are enchanting indeed.
This Clock Tower located at the main square is hard to miss as it is located just opposite the main gate. This tower was built in 1602. 
There are many open-air cafes.

Many shops have interesting facades.
The old town is entirely pedestrianized as it is a protected zone.

The Pima Palace, built in the 17th century, on another square is constructed in a combination of Renaissane and Baroque styles.
The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon is one of the most prominent landmarks in the old town. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral originally built in 1155 got damaged and rebuilt in later years.
The Church of St. Nicholas is a Serbian Orthodox church built from 1902 to 1909.
The church of St. Luke on the square Piazza Greca is the only edifice in town, which has not suffered significant damages during the earthquake in 1979. 

Customers of this eatery can make their orders through this window.

I left Kotor Old Town still wondering what's beyond the path that I trod. I was curious as to where all the narrow lanes lead to and how the scenery would be like if I were to walk further east towards the mountains. These questions are left unanswered because as mentioned before, I visited Montenegro in a hurry and left in a hurry too.

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Balkan Travel Pt 2: [Romania] Bucharest Walking Tour
Balkan Travel Pt 3: [Romania] Peles Castle , Dracula's Castle & Romanian Scenery
Balkan Travel Pt 4: Bulgaria Attractions
Balkan Travel Pt 5: [Bulgaria] Sofia Attractions
Balkan Travel Pt 6: [North Macedonia] Skopje A City Of Mutifarious Statues
Balkan Travel Pt 7: [North Macedonia] Memorable Moments In Skopje
Balkan Travel Pt 8: [North Macedonia] Ohrid Photo Gallery
Balkan Travel Pt 9: [Albania] Glimpses Of Albania and Its Capital City Tirana
Balkan Travel Pt 10: [Albania] Walking Tour Of Tirana
Balkan Travel Pt 11: Montenegro Scenic Drive
Balkan Travel Pt 12: The Charms Of Koto Montenegro
Balkan Travel Pt 13: [Montenegro] The Old Town Of Kotor Photo Gallery
Balkan Travel Part 14: [Croatia] The Charms Of Dubrovnik
Balkan Travel Pt 15: [Croatia] The Old Town Of Dubrovnik
Balkan Travel Part 16: [Croatia] The Elaphiti Islands Of Dubrovnik
Balkan Travel Part 17: [Croatia] Plitvice National Park Photo Gallery
Balkan Travel Part 18: [Croatia] Rastoke Villagel

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