Old Town of Kotor-most important information
The old town of Kotor is the most beautiful part of this Mediterranean city, so when you step into it, you will have the feeling that you are in a large museum. Rich in narrow passageways reminiscent of a real time machine, the heart of Kotor is also magical for its 300-year-old houses, palaces, museums, and illuminated, paved squares. Whether you sit on one of the stone steps and enjoy the music of street musicians or decide to dine in one of the famous restaurants, every moment you spend in the old town will be an authentic experience that will make you want to return to this attraction again and again.
History of Old Town of Kotor
During its rich history, Kotor was under the rule of Zeta in Serbia, when it was one of the most important trading cities in the state of the dynasty of the Nemanjic family. The city was also under the rule of Bosnia, Hungary, Austria and France. The epoch of building magnificent palaces, ships, trade, crafts, the so-called golden age of Kotor, is attributed to the Venetian government. In 1979, Kotor was hit by an earthquake, which destroyed most of the old town. The people of Kotor rebuilt the destroyed buildings using the stone that was damaged in the earthquake.
The importance of Old Town of Kotor
The old town of Kotor is the best-preserved medieval urban environment, typical of cities built during the 12th and 14th centuries, and due to its rich architecture, it is under the protection of UNESCO.
What to see in Old Town of Kotor?
Discover one of the most beautiful cities in Montenegro by visiting its sights.
- The Cathedral of St. Trifun - is the most important symbol of Kotor and is located in the heart of the old town on the square of the same name. Although the appearance of the cathedral changed due to frequent earthquakes, it was built in the Romanesque style with elements of Byzantine architecture.
- Karampana Fountain - considered a masterpiece dating back to the 17th century. A well-known tradition that is still present today is that citizens gather at the fountain and exchange local stories and news.
- Bizanti Palace - also located in the center of the city, is one of the most important sites of the Old Town, primarily because of its historical importance and famous people who come from this family. One such name is Nikola Biznati, the famous Kotor judge. Above the main entrance is the family coat of arms, and if you take a walk through the palace courtyard, you will feel the authentic zeitgeist reflected in the stone staircase and balconies.
- Napoleon's Theater - the site is located on the main square and dates back to the 18th century. Once accessible only to the rich population who could afford to see theatrical performances, it functioned until the end of the 19th century.
How to get to Old Town of Kotor?
If you are in one of the settlements of the Municipality of Kotor, taxi services and the Blue Line bus operator are at your disposal.
- Bus - on the next page you can see the detailed timetable of the transporter that operates from Kotor and from the surrounding villages to Kotor Kotor-bus station.
- Taxi services - Red Taxi-19719, Djir Taxi-19737, Vip Taxi-19757, Euro Taxi -19708.
- If you are located in Dobrota, the settlement that is closest to the Old Town and where a large number of tourists stay, you can reach the Old Town on foot, along the coast. The old town is located at a distance of 4 kilometers from Dobrota and you need between 40 minutes and an hour to walk, depending on where you are staying.