This time around, by the power of words and photos we are taking you to a small city called Perast in the Bay of Boka. Well, we are taking you to a specific island in front of the city, but before that:
Our hotel - hotel Eleven is located in Petrovac which is only about an hour drive from Perast. Pretty much perfect for a day-trip to visit Perast and its island and to be back in Petrovac by the end of the day. Moreover, our partnership with travel agency Medini offers you to reserve a day trip to Perast at our reception.
The little town of Perast, a treasure trove of valuable works of the cultural, historical, and artistic heritage of Boka, is nestled in one of the most beautiful areas of Boka Kotorska, at the base of the hill of St. Elias. Its valuable monuments, churches, chapels, slender, bell-towers, the City Museum, exquisite palaces, balconies, and coat of arms have been well-preserved. As beautiful as Perast is, our attention today is not focused on Perst but on the sea in front of the city. The islands of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks. The natural islet of St. George houses a 17th-century church of the same name, as well as the Perast cemetery, dating from 1886, and an ancient Benedictine abbey, from the 12th century.
Our Lady of the Rocks is a man-made islet, with sailors' votive shrine by the same name. The islet was built by constant heaping up of the stones that started in the middle of the 15th century, on the 22nd of July, 1452, to be more exact, and has been going on, to some extent, to this day. The islet covers an area of 3030 m2. According to tradition, the painting of Our Lady in Perast becomes known in 1452. The building of the church on the rock is connected in this tradition with one of the Mortesic brothers' recovery from illness. They kept the painting in their house, after they found it one night, while out fishing, in the middle of the sea. To show their appreciation of the miraculous recovery, they took the painting to the church of Saint Nicolas. It was later decided to build a church on the rock near the islet of St. Elias, to honor Our Lady and house this painting. It is believed that the main altar of the shrine is situated on the very reef where the painting was found.
Since the word škrpijel is known to Croatian fishermen and sailors as referring to a sea reef or rock, the name Our Lady of “Škrpjela”, that means, Our Lady of the Rocks - a befitting name for shrine built upon one. The church is rather small and simply built of fine stone from the island of Korcula (Croatia). It is comprised of a navel and a chapel (an apse), covered with a dome. Light enters the church through two oval windows. The building was done by master builders Vuk Kandijot and Petar Dubrovcanin. The interior of a church is an extravagate picture gallery. Sixty-eight oil-on-canvass paintings, hang on the side walls and the ceiling. The ceiling is painted with scenes from the lives of Mary and Christ, as well as images of evangelists and church elders.
There you go, a trailer for what is there to experience and find out on this island. Don't worry we haven't revealed everything there is much more to experience.