Kotor Old City Walking Tour (Self Guided), Kotor

Surrounded by fortress walls, the old city area of Kotor was the cultural and trade center of Kotor bay throughout the centuries. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Montenegro, with impressive medieval architecture and numerous cultural monuments. Take this walking tour to enjoy the best sights in the district.
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Kotor Old City Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Kotor Old City Walking Tour
Guide Location: Montenegro » Kotor (See other walking tours in Kotor)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: emily
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Main Gate (Sea Gate)
  • Square of Arms and Clock Tower
  • Church of St. Nicholas
  • Church of St. Luke
  • Maritime Museum - Gregorina Palace
  • Museum Square
  • Flour Square
  • Saint Tryphon Cathedral and Square
  • Gurdic Gate (Southern Gate)
  • Craftsmen Street
  • River Gate (Northern Gate)
  • St. John's Fortress and City Walls
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Main Gate (Sea Gate)

1) Main Gate (Sea Gate) (must see)

Kotor's Main Gate is the largest and probably the most beautiful of the city's three gates. Dating from the 16th Century, this gate was erected during the time of Bernardo Renier. Its style combines Renaissance and Baroque elements.
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Square of Arms and Clock Tower

2) Square of Arms and Clock Tower (must see)

Trg od Oruzja (Square of Arms) is Kotor’s largest city square. It got its name during the Venetian period when arms were stored and repaired here. Some of Kotor’s most important buildings, such as the Venetian Arsenal, Old Town Hall, The Prince’s Palace, Bizanti Palace and the Napoleon Theatre are located here.

Located in the very heart of Kotor, the Clock Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks of the city. Situated opposite the Main Gate, the 16th Century tower combines elements of Baroque and Gothic architecture.
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Church of St. Nicholas

3) Church of St. Nicholas (must see)

The Church of St. Nicholas was built around the turn of the 20th Century in an architectural style known as Pseudo-Byzantine. You will be impressed by its rich collection of icons gathered in a decorative display behind the altar.
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Church of St. Luke

4) Church of St. Luke (must see)

The Church of St. Luke is one of the oldest churches in Kotor. It was constructed by Mauro Kacafrangi all the way back in 1195. Located on Piazza Greca, the church combines elements of Roman and Byzantine architecture. Miraculously, it was one of the few buildings that escaped damage in the two major earthquakes that have struck the city. It’s also a unique church because it features both a Catholic and an Orthodox altars.
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Maritime Museum - Gregorina Palace

5) Maritime Museum - Gregorina Palace (must see)

Gregorina Palace is a beautiful Baroque edifice built in the 18th Century. Located in Boka Fleet Square, it is now the home of the Maritime Museum. Next to its entrance you will see two cannons which symbolize the endless battle between seamen and pirates.

The Maritime Museum of Montenegro in Kotor has grown out of the collection founded by the "Boka Marine" Fraternity, around the year 1880 and opened to public in 1900. It gradually enlarged and in 1938, it was re-arranged and opened to visitors on the first floor of the present Museum building. It was only after the end of World War II, in the period 1949-1952, that the whole building, Baroque palace of the noble Grgurina family from the beginning of the 18th century, was completely restored and adaptet to meet the needs of the Museum.

The disastrous earthquake of April 15,1979, caused halt in regular activities of the Museum, its building being considerably damaged. In the period from 1982 to 1984, conservation and restoration works were finished and after the five year period of renovation, the Museum continued its activities.
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Museum Square

6) Museum Square

Museum Square which is one of the main squares in Kotor Old Town used to be called the Square of the Town Administration as the Gregorina Palace used to be the Town Administration building but when it was changed to a museum, the square has started to be called the Museum Square.

The Square houses the Gregorina Palace and the old Karampana Well.

The Baroque palace of the noble family Gregorina, was built in the 18th century and is used as the Maritime Museum of Montenegro Kotor. It was built of the stones from Korcula island in Dalmatia. In 1813, the building was used as the town administration. The Maritime Museum has very interesting collections not to be missed. There are also two keys displayed in the museum which are the keys of Kotor.

The Karampana Well is located on the street that links Square of Museum Kotor and St Lucas’s Square. It is a public well faucet which dates back to the beginning of the 18th century. Until 1917 it was used by the locals to get water and to get together for a chit-chat.
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Flour Square

7) Flour Square

The Flour Square got its name after flour that used to be sold only on this sqaure. Today, there are two palaces in this small square, the Pima Palace and the Buca Palace, restaurants, bakeries even (today the square always smells like freshly baked pastries), the first grammar school in Kotor from the 13th century, which houses the Faculty of Tourismbas well as the city gallery.

The Pima Family Palace with its beautiful veranda dominates this square and is the original building built in 1667. The Pima family Coat of Arms sits above the door supported by two angels and is quite beautiful.

Across the square (the building to the left in the above picture) is the Buka Family Palace, a plain modest palace which was rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake. The buildings simplicity belies the status of the Buka family who were the most significant and influential nobles in Kotor. The family being that of a High Official of the Serbian Court in Charge of Finances. Their simple Coat of Arms is also displayed of the palace walls.

St Nicholas of Seamen Church: The remains of this church were found under the house number 328. It used to be the chapel of Buca family then given to the Fraternity of St Nicholas of Seamen (later to be called Bokelian Navy). The documents dating back to 13th January 809, to the year 1000 and the 12th century, it is confirmed that there used to be a guild of seamen in Kotor. There’s the statute of Bokelian Navy which was preserved from 1463.

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Saint Tryphon Cathedral and Square

8) Saint Tryphon Cathedral and Square (must see)

St Tryphon Square is the main square in Kotor, Montenegro. It has been the gathering square for many centuries for the people living in Kotor on special occasions. This lovely square, with more stunning views of the mountains and ramparts above, is home to, in a clockwise direction, the old Town Hall, elegant Drago Palace, the Bishop’s Palace with its pretty courtyard, and beside it, majestic St Tryphon’s Cathedral.
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This Roman Catholic cathedral is the largest building in Kotor, and considered by many to be one of the city’s most beautiful edifices. Consecrated in 1166, it was built in honor of the city’s patron saint Tryphon. Seriously damaged in the earthquake that ravaged the town in 1667, its reconstruction was completed in stages due to budget constraints. As a result, its two towers each have a different style. Older than many of Europe’s most famous churches and cathedrals, this cathedral houses many items of immense value.

Inside you can see frescoes from the 14th Century, a stone ornament above the main altar depicting the life of St. Tryphon, and a relief of saints in gold and silver. Taken together, the feature of the church’s interior represent a unique collection of all the best works of local master craftsmen.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gurdic Gate (Southern Gate)

9) Gurdic Gate (Southern Gate)

Historically, the city of Kotor could be entered via three different gates. This Southern Gate (also known as Gurdic Gate) had a mechanized three-way entrance that made it one of the most important access points in the city. The other two gates - the Northern and Main gates – were larger but had only one gateway.
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Craftsmen Street

10) Craftsmen Street

Kotor has been famous with its craftsmen from the middle ages till later years. The Craftsmen Street takes its name from the craftsmen’s shops such as goldsmiths, carpenters, belt-makers, tailors, binders, hatters, shield makers, locksmiths, millers, sword makers, bakers, inn-keepers, painters and fishermen, located on this street from the northern gate to the southern gate. As well as the craftsmen’s shop there are important monuments on this street such as Santa Anna Church which is assumed to date back to the end of the 12th century but restored after the earthquake in 1979; the prison from the 19th century; St Paul’s church dating back to 1263; the monastery and the church of St Francis dating back to the 17th century.

Zanatska Ulica or Ulica 2 sjever-jug, (The Craftsmen’s Street) in Kotor Old Town has been famous for arts and crafts since the 14th century. It goes along from the southern Gurdic Gate to the northern River Gate of Kotor town.
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River Gate (Northern Gate)

11) River Gate (Northern Gate)

The Nothern Gate was built to commemorate Kotor’s victory over famous Hajrudin Barbarosa, a famous Turkish admiral. The entranceway represents a fine example of Renaissance architecture.
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St. John's Fortress and City Walls

12) St. John's Fortress and City Walls (must see)

The St Ivan Fortress and city walls were gradually built up over the course of centuries. The fortifications you can see today have been well preserved, dating all the way back to the 16th Century.

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 Km or 0.2 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 Km or 0.3 Miles