Our Lady of the Rocks

Our Lady of the Rocks, Perast

Our Lady of the Rocks
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada8,732 contributions
Sep 2021
We had been to Kotor in 2017, so wanted to do something different than just tour the city. For that reason we booked a tour to Persat and the Our Lady of the Rocks church. Our Lady of the Rocks is an artificial island created in 15th century. According to the legend, on 22nd July 1452, two brothers from Perast, both fishermen, found an icon (a painting) of the Virgin with Christ on a rock. They kept bringing it home but it kept reappearing on the rock. They understood this as a Virgin's wish to stay there forever. They vowed to build a church dedicated to this icon of the Virgin, the patron saint of seafarers and fishermen.
A small island was made by people from Perast by throwing rocks and stones from their boats. In the center of the island they built a little chapel. For centuries, in traditional event called Fasinada, held every year on 22nd July, they dropped stones and over time the surface of the island has grown. Now, in the center of the island is a Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks. Fasinada is still held annually. This is a small church on a very small island but there was really quite a lot to see.
Written 14 December 2021
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Ronan
London, UK215 contributions
Sep 2021
A must see when in Perast., great trip with some very interestiing history and art history of marine battles of the past. Taxi boat costs euro.
Written 11 October 2021
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MarkfromtheIsland
Duncan, Canada819 contributions
Sep 2021
A church with a bunch of stuff that the congregants over the years have donated.

Totally worth a miss.
Written 21 September 2021
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Traveller of the world
723 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
A must see! Highlight. Take a boat tour. I did a tour (no guide). Just transport. Thirty minute stop here and more than enough time to see everything. Church is free and museum is a small fee. Stunning views. Souvenir shop which also sells drinks and ice creams.
Written 28 August 2021
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,508 contributions
May 2021
Be careful that you get a boat ride over before the church closes. What time might that be? I have no idea (wasn't looking at the time), but the second we got to the island, walked around to the church and then approached the open door, it was shut in our faces. So, that was pretty lame--and the reason I'm not rating this higher.

The boat ride there and back was nice, as it allows for beaut views of the bay.
Written 21 July 2021
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dahokolomok
London, UK691 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
The island itself is interesting to visit for 20-30 minutes. Good views too. But...

Beware, they allow touts and scammers to operate in the parking lots at either end of Perast. "Free" parking if you take up their Lady of the Rocks tour. But the tour they sell is 10EUR per person. When you can get the boat for only 5EUR per person!

For the boat, walk into Perast, along the promenade. Halfway, just before the Iberostar Hotel, there is a white boat with some red colour, called Dado. That is the best one. 5EUR per person for return trip. Nice big safe and comfy boat. No time limit to come back. Runs every 10 minutes.

Parking is 5EUR for whole day. Supposedly it is meant to officially free, but there is someone collecting money.
Written 4 July 2021
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InaH189
Shkoder, Albania1,222 contributions
Jun 2021
If you go to Perast,you should not miss this island with its impressive history.
There are boats with 5 euros per person to take you to the island at any time of the day.
Written 22 June 2021
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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 27 September 2020
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Branislav C
11 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Full od history details and nice stories!We have stayd for half of hour and we’ve seen many valuable things whose are keept in museum wich is part of church.
Written 22 August 2020
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victoroscar
Bristol149 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 6 July 2020
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