"Kotor Rebuilt" Top 5 Page for this destination Kotor by karenincalifornia
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My husband and I first visited Montenegro on our honeymoon in 1986. Seven years earlier in 1979, the area had suffered a severe earthquake. Rebuilding was painfully slow. In 1986, Kotor seemed like a ghost town to us. We were two of very few tourists visiting the town.
Today, thanks to international funding and placement on the UNESCO World Heritage list, Kotor has been almost completely restored. The city is the vibrant location of many upscale shops and restaurants. At night, the city has a party-like atmosphere and is a favorite of young and old alike.
In 1986, Kotor looked like a war zone. Even though 7 years had passed since the 1979 earthquake, rubble still laid in the streets, the buildings were still damaged and tourists were practically nonexistent. Many buildings could not be entered because of their damaged state.
What a difference 18 years (and some international funding) as made! The plaza in the picture above has now been restored and is the site of charming outdoor cafes. Stores are now attractive and busy. The old town Kotor is bustling with many visitors.
The rebuilding of Kotor has completely changed the character of Kotor from an earthquake ravaged and desolate town to a beautiful and active place to visit today. Of all the Montenegrin cities I visited in 2004, Kotor was my favorite.
- Pros:Beautifully restored, exciting history
- Cons:Now that the city is so popular, parking was a bit of a challenge
- In a nutshell:My favorite Montenegrin city
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