"ANTIQUE, MEDIEVAL AND MODERN BUDVA" Top 5 Page for this destination Budva by Jeca011
Budva Travel Guide: 347 reviews and 836 photos
Once upon a time... There lived in Budva the young stonemason Marko Mitrov... His craft was famous. What he saw-he could carve. What he imagined-turned out even more beautiful. Winged lions, angels, fish, birds...All seemed alive... He was renowned far and wide... There was no prominent citizen whose house hadn't been decorated by Marko. And then, Jelena caught Marko's eye. Love blossomed... They loved each other secretly, but the proverb says three things can't be hidden: love, coughing, and poverty. Their love was not to be. Jelena was not allowed to marry Marko. So they jumped into the sea from the city walls of Budva. Together unto death. A miracle happened. When they touched the waves, they turned into fishes... They disappeared in the depths-their love was realized... And a voice was heard saying: “K'o jedno nek budu dva!” (Let the two of them be as one!) …Budu dva...Thence the name Budva. In Marko's house a relief was found in stone of a previously unseen color. In the relief, two entwined fishes, inseparable. It was never explained how he had known to carve this. Fate...The rest is legend. There remained the story that anyone who touches the relief will help his love to become as firm and lasting as the stone...
Legend about Cadmus and Harmonia says that they left Thebes and led army of Enhelians in the war against the Illyrians. The Enhelians triumphed and they give title of king to Cadmus. Cadmus and Harmonia traveled on ox-cart named Buthoe founded a town and give him a name Buthoe.
Budva (or Buthoe) was one of the oldest and biggest Greek colonies on the East Coast of Adriatic Sea founded at the beginning of the V century BC. After archaeological explorations the rich Greek heritage can be followed only from Hellenistic epoch (3 and 1 century BC) primarily on the discovered parts of Hellenistic necropolis.
Budva came under Roman rule after Gencius Illyrian state was conqered by Romans in 168 BC. However till the 1 century AD there are no archeological or historical date on the presence of the Romans. Findings and tombs dating from 4 century BC indicate that in the early Byzantine epoch Budva had constructed a new necropolis.
Today Budva is the metropolis of Montenegrin tourism, the town of the summer theatre and poet festivals. It is hard to define whether life is more interesting during the day or night in the Theatre City! When Lord Byron saw Budva he wrote: "At the birth of our planet the most beautiful encounter between land and the sea must have been on the Montenegrin coast. When pearls of the nature were sown, handfuls of them were cast on this soil".
So come and feel the spirit of Budva.
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