Jumaat, 8 Januari 2016

Into The Balkans : Old Town Kotor

Assalamualaikum and Zdravo

Kotor has been known under many names throughout history—among them Katareo, followed by Dekatera, Dekaderon and Katarum, among others. Archaeologists have confirmed that between the 7th and 4th centuries BCE, the first settlers to Kotor were Greek, followed by Illyrians and then Romans, who ruled the area for 650 years.

There are three entrances to the Old Town, including the Sea Gate of 1555 which serves as the main door. Huddled underneath the rocks of Mt Lovćen, bordered from the north by a short but violent river Škurda and to the west by an underwater spring Gurdić, Kotor. 

Pic | Sea Gate
The Old Town of Kotor lay in the shadows of the fearsome St. John’s Hill and the walls protecting this town are a fortification masterpiece at up to 15 meters wide and 20 meters high each. These walls are skillfully crafted into the natural steep slopes of the hill and the view of this town on approach is one of the amazing sights, not only of the Mediterranean, but of the world
Nun jauh diatas sana, tembok dinding mengawal kota

Kotor is also unique because it is the only town on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea to be located by name in historic and strategic maps. Old Kotor was built like a maze for protective purposes and it is very easy to get lost here. In fact, even the locals get lost. Take on wrong turn and you will wind up far from your destination. This can happen even with a town map in hand. (so true!)

 However, looking for landmarks, such as the 12th century St. Tryphon Cathedral, will help—and these landmarks are listed on nearly every tourist map. What can be more difficult is finding places like the Maritime Museum, which is located inside the Grgurina Palace, or finding public squares with funny names such as the Lattice Square, Flour Square, Milk Square and Cinema Square.

For tourists, Kotor should be more than simply a one-day visit. However, if you’re pressed for time, the best way to see as much of the town as possible is to start at the main gate and work clockwise. From the main Arms Square, you will go right across the Flour Square to the Cathedral, then left to the Maritime Museum, straight on to the square housing the Churches of St. Luka and St. Nikola and then left, which will lead you back to where you started from. 

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Location: Kotor, Montenegro


Zilla berkata...

Nama je - Kotor tapi tak kotor pun hehehe..Cantik sgt, Dayah. Haih, telan ayer liuq..

agip Roslan berkata...

baru bace kat flipboard..and silap entry tripadvisor or lonelyplanet kot highlight Kotor ni antara new place must see..hehe

Hidayah Rodhi berkata...

Hahaha, mmg itu lah yg dok pikir sebelum sampai sini, tgk gambar bersih..bila sampai sana pun mmg sah bersih..kikiki

Agip Roslan,
Kotor mmg wajib singgah kalau masuk Montenegro =)