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Old photo of Mogren
Mogren is very popular beach (you can read more in my General tips). There is also a legend about this beach which says – on this place a sea throw out a sailor who was the only survivor from Spanish galley that was sink by pirates. His name was Mogrino. As a sigh of his grateful he build a church on this beach. On a day of Saint Antun in Jun 13th a big mass was held here and people comes by boats. Today you can see here remains of this church and the beach is named after that sailor. On this old photo you can see how it looks like.
Outside the Old Town on your way to Mogren beach you can see this statue of Dancing girl. Some people say that this is statue of young girl who is drowned on this place but others says that this is just ordinary statue. Anyway this is spot where people come to take picture with panorama of Old Town in back.
The old town of Budva lies on a little island that was linked to the land by a sandbar and in time turned into a peninsula. It is surrounded by ramparts originating from the XV century including a medieval fortification system with city gates, defense walls and towers. The Old Town consists of narrow streets and alleys and small squares with precious monuments of different Mediterranean cultures that have marked the development of this town. You can enter in Old Town from one of five entrance doors.
Island of Saint Nikola
Island of Saint Nikola is biggest island on Montenegro coast. The island is named after medieval Orthodox Church dedicated to Saint Nikola. Although there is no reliable date of time of its construction judging by some architectural elements this little church was built in earlier period of Middle Ages. Church was rebuilt in 1864 on its old foundation. A legend says that in the 11century crusaders led by Raymond of Toulouse reached the island and many of them who feel victims to various epidemics were buried here. Around the church you can see graveyard with graves from Middle Age. Island was in past linked with the mainland by a sand isthmus which can been seen clearly even now below the sea surface. Today on one part of Island is very well equipped beach and on other side (facing to Italy) you can explore beautiful caves but you can reach them only by small boat. Due to invasion of “kitch” the natives now call the Island “Hawaii” and numerous tourists leave Budva not knowing the real name of the island.
Church Saint Mary in punta
Legend says that strange galley come to Budva with sigh of gold dove on it. They where Benedictine monks from Spain. They put icon of Saint Mary on Budvas walls with 2 light candles. That was in 840 year. On place where they put icon they build a church. The church was later taken over by Franciscan monks who kept it till 1807. The Benedictine inscription carved in stone can be seen today in the east part of church. It’s not operating church.
Church of Saint Sava
This is small single nave church whose dimensions are 5 x 3 m. It is supposed to have been built during the 14 century. During the Venetian and Austrian occupations the most valuable possessions of this church disappeared. Today there is almost no traces of decorations with icons, frescoes and sculptures. It’s not operating.
Church of Holy Trinity
Orthodox Church of Holy Trinity is single nave construction with a dome. It was built in 1804 and modeled on one of two churches of the Podostrog monastery. In front of Church you can see tomb of famous writer and politician Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa. Church is parish church and its operating.
Church of Saint John
The Church of Saint John was the seat of the Budva bishopric till 1828. In 1867 the belfry was added to the north side of the church and it still exists. Among preserved monuments the most important ones are the icon “Madonna in Punta” and the rich archives and library. Among its holdings is the Chronicle of Budva most comprehensive source of data and events in Budva between 1796 and 1842. It’s operating church.
In Citadela Museum you can see things about Budva during long period of her history – maps from ancient times, amphoras from galleys sinked near Budva, pottery, coins, models of ships etc. Entrance fee is 1 Euro.
Entrance at Citadel
City fortress or Citadel is on the south part of Old town. Some sources say that it was built in V or VI century BC. On the top you can see remains of Medieval Church of Saint Mary. That is why the whole fortification was called Castel of Saint Maria. City walls together with Citadel made system of defense. A well near Citadel assured fresh water to citizens during a siege. Today in Citadel you can visit Museum dedicated to Old Budva and there is also stage during manifestation Budva - Theater City.
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