History of Kotor

History of Kotor



First inhabitants of Kotor were the Romans. At that time, the city of Kotor was called Acruvium and it was first mentioned in 168 BC. The walls of Kotor were first built by the Illyrians and Romans, but the "final touch" was given by the Venetians. Emperor Justinian I built a fort above the city in 535 BC.

In 800 the city was invaded by the Saracens. In 809 BC, the Cathedral of St. Trifun was constructed. After his burial, the remains of Saint Trifun were brought to Kotor from Constantinople. Throughout its rich history, Kotor was under the rule of Zeta in Serbia, when the city was one of the most significant trading cities in the State of Nemanjici. Later, the city was under the Bosnian, Hungarian, Austrian, French and Venetian rule.
Kotor was an independent city-republic from 1391 to 1420, but because of the increasing number of Ottoman attacks, the city sought assistance of the Republic of Venice. During this period, Kotor fell under the rule of the mighty Venetian Republic. Kotor was under the rule of the Venetian Republic from 1420 until 1797. The golden age of Kotor - the time of construction of magnificent palaces, ships, the flourishing of maritime affairs, commerce, crafts - has been associated with almost 300 years of the Venetian rule. Thanks to a good fortification system, the Ottomans never conquered the city.

Kotor can be reached through three gates. The most famous one is the Sea Gate, built in front of the old town - a direct entrance to the old town (from the sea side). The other two doors are the Gurdic door and the North door, the so-called Tabacina.
The walls that surround the city are 5 kilometers long, and at the top of these walls, after climbing 1,350 steps, at 280m above the sea level, lies the fortress of San Giovanni with an astonishing view of Kotor and the entire bay.
The Kotor squares, there were 7 in total, were the meeting points of Kotor inhabitants, a place for selling fruits, vegetables and weapons as well. Within the walls of this small town there are 2 Orthodox and 6 Catholic churches, a Franciscan monastery, a cathedral, a theater, a cinema, an old pharmacy from the 13th century, an old clock on the main square (which is a symbol of all medieval cities), noble palaces, a school, a college as well as the narrowest street in the town called "Let me pass."
Kotor is home to a 500 year old carnival under masks, home to delicious cuisine and to Bokelj Nights. The Kotor Navy was established in Kotor in 809 as the oldest seafaring fraternity in the Adriatic, and is one of the oldest in the world.
In 809, when the relics of St. Trypun arrived in Kotor, the Kotorans proclaimed him the patron saint of the city. The same year the Boka Navy was founded - Boka Navy also being the keeper of the keys to the city of Kotor. Since its founding until today, the Boka Navy has had a memorial, a military and ahumanitarian purpose, and as such, it has operated under one motto only: Faith and Honor!

On April 15 1979, Kotor was hit by a catastrophic earthquake that destroyed most of the old town. Kotorans managed to rebuild the destroyed buildings using the damaged stones. After the earthquake, each republic of the former Yugoslavia earmarked a part of the funds to help the town of Kotor in the reonstruction. And this is something that Kotor has never forgotten, so the entrance to the city walls is free of charge for all the local tourists, that is visitors from the countries of former Yugoslavia. Kotor has been under UNESCO protection since 1979, thus proclaimimg any additional construction is illegal, leaving the city remain the same forever.

Interesting facts: In Italy (the Veneto region) there is an old humorous saying that at some point every man says to his woman, through which it can be noted how important Kotor was in the Venetian Republic:
"You cost me more than the walls of Kotor".

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