If you are a travel enthusiast looking for an unbeatable destination, you should consider Kotor, a striking fjord-like bay on the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro. In addition to being a delightful summer destination, the area is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has an exciting history and remarkable buildings, including historic churches and a fortress that winds well beyond the city’s ramparts. Moreover, the area has a distinctive culture shaped by centuries of sailing, trade, and diverse inhabitants. At Royal Town Kotor, we have a great passion for the beauty and history of this Balkan state, where our luxury serviced apartments are located. You may be planning to invest in Montenegro or buy real estate in Montenegro and want to learn more about what the country offers. Whatever your Montenegro plans, this blog will give you some helpful information about Kotor as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Why Visit Kotor?
The Bay of Kotor Montenegro is home to the enchanting city of Kotor, which has many captivating attractions to explore and discover. As the oldest town in Montenegro, Kotor is a historical landmark under official protection. The city was severely devastated by a large earthquake in 1979, but much of it has since been rebuilt. In the ancient city, you can travel on tiny, meandering roads that lead to one charming, historic location after another. Furthermore, Kotor is the perfect base to visit some fascinating nearby destinations, including Dobrota, Perast, Pranj, and Tivat—home to the opulent superyacht marina, Porto Montenegro. In short, the region has much to offer for both nature lovers and history devotees.
How did Kotor gain a World Heritage Site Status?
For such a small nation, Montenegro boasts a surprising number of National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In Montenegro, there are 4 UNESCO sites, 5 National Parks, and six additional sites tentatively listed to join the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Since 1979, Kotor has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to its storied mountains and crystal clear bay, Kotor is also noted for its impressive Middle Ages architecture. UNESCO praises the charming city for its “harmonious integration to the cultivated terraced landscape on the slopes of high rocky hills.” According to UNESCO’s stringent criteria, the Kotor region has outstanding universal value embodied in the ancient fortified city and historic buildings. It was first inhabited by Illyrian tribes in the sixth century AD and has since passed through several governing regimes, including the Byzantine, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and Venetian. Kotor’s Natural and Cultural-Historical Region is a testament to its crucial role in bringing Mediterranean civilizations to the Balkans over centuries. Kotor is included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list of places with protected cultural heritage due to the sheer volume of historical and artistic artifacts.
Must-Visit Historical Sites in Kotor
If you want to go on a journey of discovery and feel like you have been catapulted back in time, Kotor is the place for you. Despite the abundance of the breathtaking beauty of the bay, Stari Grad Kotor, namely “Old Town Kotor,” is the main attraction in the bay of Kotor Montenegro. Deep within the bay, the walled medieval city is a magnificent sight. Kotor’s City Walls are an impressive spectacle and cover around 4.5 kilometers. Considering their age dates back to the 9th century, many ramparts remain in excellent condition. When you visit the fortified town, you become immersed in its labyrinth of historic streets. As the whole city falls under the UNESCO World Heritage Site bracket, you could roam the streets without needing to stop at specific sites to experience the historical and cultural significance. Instead, you will pass square after square of picturesque churches, historical landmarks, palaces, and private residences intertwined with modern restaurants and cultural hubs. The stark contrast between ancient and contemporary is executed perfectly in this little city, and you will be left feeling awe-struck.
Nestled in the central part of the Old Town Kotor, the Saint Tryphon Cathedral is often regarded as the most stunning structure in Kotor and symbolizes the city. The cathedral was initially constructed in 1166 but has since undergone extensive reconstruction due to damage from numerous earthquakes. A stunning specimen of Romanesque architecture, it has slender columns and pink stone pillars supporting its domed roof, so be sure to go inside and take a look.
When you’ve had your fill of Kotor’s renowned old town, it’s time to see the city from above! One of the most well-liked activities in Montenegro is hiking to the Castle of San Giovanni from Kotor, and with good reason. You will be rewarded with elevated views of the bay of Kotor Montenegro if you can climb the many stairs and tight curves above the Kotor fortifications. The trip to the castle involves one thousand three hundred fifty stairs, but the breathtaking vistas and intricate historical detail are worth it. Don’t forget to pop your head into Sveti Guraj Church on the path leading to Kotor Castle.
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