Kotor is a fortified medieval city located at the most secluded point of Boka Bay (Bay of Kotor). Set between mountains and water, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the largest architectural entities in Montenegro.
The town was protected by a medieval fortress and stone wall, which remains intact today. The historic city plan remains largely preserved, allowing visitors to explore narrow winding streets and city squares accented by church buildings and palaces.
Kotor’s mixed architecture tells of its vibrant history. A number of gothic Gothic and Romanesque buildings stand intact. These include several churches (St. Luke’s, St. Anne’s, St. Paul’s, and St. Mart Collegiate) and Drago Palace. The reconstructed Buca and Bizanti palaces also showcase this architectural history. The baroque period also left many churches (St. Joseph’s, Our Lady of the Angels), palaces (Pima, Grubonja, Grgurina), and middle-class residences. The most recent larg scale constructions to the Old Town were made during the Austro-Hungarian administration in the 19th and 20th centuries, standing out starkly within a predominantly medieval Kotor.
Kotor has long bridged the Mediterranean and Balkan hinterland, weaving a rich cultural fabric. Today, Kotor offers a glimpse into history balanced with contemporary Montenegrin culture. Visitors can find a wealth of local treasures, from authentic cuisine and artisan goods to cultural events and music performances.