Our Lady of the Rocks
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David D
Devon, UK18,581 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Tuesday 14th June and we were on a boat tour of the Bays of Kotor. One of the highlights of the tour was a stop at the man-made island of Our Lady of the Rocks.

This is one of the two small Islands off the coast of Perast, in the Bay. The other smaller one is the Island of Saint George.

As we approached the Island the most notable feature was the blue dome and Bell tower of the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks. Chiesa della Madonna dello Scarpello (reviewed separately)

There is museum attached to the Church, filled with some unusual items (reviewed separately). There is also a small souvenir shop nearby the Church.

It only takes a few moments to walk around the Island and admire the buildings and the scenery. At the western end there is a navigation lantern. The bust statue of the Croatian poet Franco Alfirevic is on the way to the light.

It did take a bit of time for our boat to moor up at the Island due it's size it cannot accommodate too many people. It was almost a case of one boat leaves the next one pulls up.

As we waited our turn to land on the Island our Guide told us of history/ legend and traditions surrounding Our Lady of the Rocks.

The Island was created over the centuries by placing rocks here and the sinking of old ships filled with rocks. It all started because local seamen found the icon of Madonna and Child on the rock in the sea on 22 July 1452. 

On that date every year at sunset the Festival of Fašinada takes place. This is where local residents come to Island to throw rocks into the sea, widening the surface of the island.

This carries on the tradition of sailors putting rocks here following a safe return from their voyages.
Written July 16, 2022
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Soccca
Tolmin, Slovenia1,436 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
A very nice island. There are many offers in Perast for transportation to the island. There is a church on the island, the entrance fee is €2 per person, which also includes a visit to a small museum. Worth a visit, but be prepared for possible crowds.
Written August 26, 2022
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK20,980 contributions
Jun 2022
It is an artificial island created by bulwark of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships loaded with rocks. The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks (Italian: Chiesa della Madonna dello Scarpello) is the largest building on the islet; it has a museum attached. There is also a small gift shop close to the church and a navigation light at the western end of the islet.

According to legend, the islet was made over the centuries by local seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding the icon of Madonna and Child on the rock in the sea on 22 July 1452. Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the Bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea. The custom of throwing rocks into the sea is alive even nowadays.
The church contains 68 paintings by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th-century baroque artist from Perast. The church also houses a collection of silver votive tablets and a famous votive tapestry embroidered by Jacinta Kunić-Mijović from Perast. It took her 25 years to finish it while waiting for her darling to come from a long journey, and eventually, she became blind. She used golden and silver fibres but what makes this tapestry so famous is the fact that she also embroidered her own hair in it.
Written June 16, 2022
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Kevin G
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May 2022 • Couples
Be wary of the people ushering you to park and sell you tickets. We were each charged €15 (€30 total) for essentially a 5 minute boat trip to the island. They originally tried to sell it to us for €20 per person before lowering it after we said we would leave.

While the island is pretty, it felt like a tourist trap. You can tour the entire island in about 15 minutes- there really isn’t much to see and I actually think the view of the island from the side of the road is better than being on the island itself. The whole experience left a really bad taste in my mouth. If you must go, I would pay no more than €5 per person to go out there.
Written May 27, 2022
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Werner S
90 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Seems as if everybody who is in or around Kotor and even boats from Dubrovnik come to visit this island. That makes it look like a bus stop in a central location in a city. 5 minutes from Perast (still doesn’t mean you get there ‘cheap‘ as in 5 EUR) and many people want to participate in the revenue such highly frequented places bring.

Still there is that church and the holiness of the place that is indisputable. Spend some time inside (especially the women) because this is holiness that resides in female energy.

Take a picture from the neighbor island as well (male, can’t visit) to acknowledge the existence of that side as well. Don’t leave anything behind.
Written September 9, 2022
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Aleksandar P
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Couples
We take panorama tour 15€ for person, and parking free. We visited the island which is beautiful, we enjoyed watching the city from the boat. We were alone in the boat, which is great, you are not waiting for anyone and there is no noise, only peace and enjoyment. We really recommend.
Written July 3, 2022
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Jamie B
Bristol, UK23 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
A quick stop while on a day trip to Montenegro from Croatia. 80kr or €10 to get across …you will need cash but there is an ATM a couple of minutes away.

Out of season it was still busy with tourists as a large tour group (40+) had arrived at the same time as our group of 8.

Gorgeous views.
Written April 23, 2022
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David B
Belfast, UK73 contributions
Aug 2020
I arrived to Perast through a tour company in Dubrovnik (Croatia). I didn't know what to expect the day I came to Perast, the history lesson behind Our Lady of the Rocks was one that I'll always remember. - see below in quotes.

If you are visiting Perast, aim to be part of a tour or get a tour guide. The history lesson makes the visit all worth while.

"According to local legend, two brothers returned to Perast after a dangerous voyage on the 22nd July 1452, one of them had an injured leg. As they passed St George, the 12th century monastery built on the natural island when they saw something on the rocky outcrop.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough rock to build a church on at the time, so they had started to drop rocks and scuttle old boats around the spot until there was an island to build a church on.

Eventually other sailors began to drop rocks on the spot as they headed out to sea in hope of being protected while away. By 1484, 32 years after the icon was found, there was an island with a chapel on it."
Written September 27, 2020
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic6,082 contributions
Aug 2022
On this islet there is a church, a lighthouse and a small gift shop. A museum is also located on the premises of the church. Entrance is €3.

The church has a very interesting history and for how small it is, you can see an incredible amount of artwork inside.

The church contains 68 paintings by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th-century baroque artist from Perast. His largest painting in this church is 10 meters long. There are also paintings by Italian artists. (Look at the ceiling. It's literally a gallery.)

The church also houses a collection of silver tablets with ships motives. There are 2.000 of this little tablets on the walls. I found it really awesome. Can you imagine it? Someone engraved images of ships into 2.000 silver tablets!

Another interesting thing in this church is a tapestry embroidered by Jacinta Kunić-Mijović from Perast. It took her 25 years to finish it while waiting for her darling to come from a long journey, and eventually, she became blind. She used golden and silver fibres but what makes this tapestry so famous is the fact that she also embroidered her own hair in it.
Written August 23, 2022
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victoroscar
Bristol158 contributions
Oct 2019
Visited as part of a boat tour to Kotor from Herceg Novi, stopped here and also Perast. Only thing to see is the church with it's little museum attached,so you had to pay small fee to get in. No info and man on the door hardly spoke English so we were lucky there was a tour group inside so were able to listen to all the info which brought the place alive. Very pretty as you are sailing/motoring up to it by boat. Only takes about 20 minutes to look round as it is tiny.
Written July 6, 2020
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