18 Facts About Kotor


Old Mediterranean port of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period.

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Since the early 2000s Kotor has seen an increase in tourists, many of them coming by cruise ship.

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Kotor is part of the World Heritage Site dubbed the Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor.

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The city was part of Byzantine Dalmatia in that period, and the modern name of Kotor probably originated in the Byzantine name for the town: Dekatera or Dekaderon.

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At that time Kotor was already an episcopal see subordinated to the archbishopric of Bari, and in 13th century, Dominican and Franciscan monasteries were established to check the spread of Bogomilism.

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Under the rule of the Nemanjic Kotor became a partially autonomous city, enjoying many privileges and maintaining its republican institutions.

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Kotor remained the most important trading port of subsequent Serb states – Kingdom of Serbia and Serbian Empire, up to its downfall in 1371.

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Under Venetian rule, Kotor was besieged by the Ottoman Empire in 1538 and 1657, endured the plague in 1572, and was nearly destroyed by earthquakes in 1563 and 1667.

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Kotor has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a double Unesco World Heritage Site: it is part of Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor and Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar.

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Kotor Festival is highly regarded in the local community and has a large volunteer base.

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Kotor has a large population of cats that have become a symbol of the city.

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The charity Kotor Kitties exists to try and help the cats of Kotor through spaying and neutering.

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Kotor is described evocatively at the beginning of Marguerite Yourcenar's story 'Marko's Smile.

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Town of Kotor itself has 961 inhabitants, but the administrative limits of the town encompass only the area of the Old Town.

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The urban area of Kotor includes Dobrota and Skaljari, bringing the population of Kotor's urban area close to 13,000 inhabitants.

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Kotor is still the seat of the Catholic Bishopric of Kotor, which covers the entire gulf.

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Kotor is a national powerhouse of water polo, which is a popular sport in Montenegro.

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Kotor is connected to the Adriatic Highway and the rest of the coast and inland Montenegro by Vrmac Tunnel.

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