Not many towns around the globe have had the honor to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the ancient Montenegrin city of Kotor, which lies on the shores of the Bay of Kotor, you would never imagine a more beautiful city, and Kotor has the highest honor of UNESCO’s declaration that the entire town declared as vital to our human heritage – who could miss that?!
Kotor is a city where youthful exuberance and art meet tradition and antique architecture. Museums in Kotor are packed with valuable, ancient artifacts that reflect the city’s stormy maritime history. Architecture around Kotor has been pieced together from a dozen cultures during the span of a dozen centuries, and unlike any other place, in Kotor, you can taste the true spirit of Montenegro’s stunningly beautiful coast.
True to its traditions, Kotor is the host of many yearly traditional festivals and carnivals, and the city knows how to showcase its beauty well. One method of really touching the imagination and romance the city has to offer involves the Kotor city walls. As an ancient city built on a strategically fortified edge of Kotor Bay, the city of Kotor is a walled city. The Kotor city 2alls are often illuminated during special occasions, and on the slopes above the city, the sheer magnitude of their heft and might will awe any visitor.
As seen in the pictures included with this description of Kotor, the city walls blend beautifully at times with the city’s ancient stone houses, and at other times stand apart like ancient bastions to ward off invading armies. The Kotor City Walls are more than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) in length and reach a stunning height of 260 meters (850 feet!) At the top of the ramparts, you can find the fortress of Saint Ivan, reachable by walking along the walls. The Kotor city walls in general offer an amazing opportunity to circumnavigate the entire city on foot while taking in its rich history and beauty from the best vantage point – from above!
Finally, one invading army in Kotor that is hard to ignore involves tourism. The Kotor City Walls seem to beckon, rather than repel visitors and Kotor is packed with high-quality restaurants and bars to suit all lifestyles and budgets. Also, please don’t neglect Kotor’s great nightlife which seems to spring from the many restaurants, cafes, and clubs that blend themselves into the city’s ancient mystique. View of Saint Tripun's Cathedral
So, if you walk the Kotor city walls by night or gaze on one of the proud Montenegrin flags that often fly from the roof of a modern resident’s ancient stone house, please remember that Kotor is one of the must-see destinations, both in Montenegro and along the entire Adriatic coast!
The walls of Kotor from the Western entrance of Tabacina
Other architectural monuments in Kotor abound, including the city’s glorious St. Tripun cathedral which rests along St. Tripun’s square, and doesn’t miss the city’s mysterious west entrance, where the narrow passageway peeks through the Kotor city walls!
Interior of the cathedral. Entrance from the west. The narrow streets of Kotor have a special magic and have always been an inspiration to many artists Kotor walls by night. A city that you will truly enjoy.
Gordan Stojovic Editor: A.B. for Montenegro.com