The Church of Our Lady of the Rocks, in Montenegro


One of the destinations in Southeastern Europe is Montenegro. It is a small country located in the Balkans, with a coastline on the Adriatic Sea. It was part of Yugoslavia until the fall and dissolution of the Communist Bloc in 1992.

Today Montenegro is a great tourist destination and little by little we are getting to know its treasures. For example, the Church of Our Lady on the Rocks, in Perast. Perast is in the Bay of Kotor and is made up of two islands, the Island of St. George and that of Our Lady of the Rocks, which is where the small and popular church is located.

It is worth saying that this little island is artificial and has 3030 square meters of surface. It all started as a simple pile of rocks, but when in 1452 two fishermen found an image of the Virgin Mary, they began the construction of a small chapel on those rocks. When the Venetians arrived in the seventeenth century they built a Catholic chapel where the Orthodox one stood before and decided to expand the thing.

Thus, they began to bring more and more rocks from the mainland and gave shape to the Island of Our Lady of the Rocks where the church was eventually built. The custom of collecting stones remained and thus, every July 22 the citizens of Perast arrive with boats and throw theirs. The church dates from 1722 and contains an icon of the Virgin Mary from the XNUMXth century. Next to it is a museum that is dedicated to the history of Perast.

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