Kotor Cathedral

Kotor, Montenegro

The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in Kotor is one of two Roman Catholic cathedrals in Montenegro. It was built in honor of Saint Tryphon, the patron and protector of the city, on the same site where an older church had already existed long ago. That earlier church was built in 809 by Andrija Saracenis, a citizen of Kotor, where the remains of the saint were kept after being brought from Constantinopole.

The cathedral was consecrated on 19 June 1166. Compared to other buildings, the Kotor Cathedral is one of the largest and most ornate buildings in Kotor. The cathedral was seriously damaged and rebuilt after the 1667 Dubrovnik earthquake, but there were not enough funds for its complete reconstruction.

The April 1979 Montenegro earthquake, which completely devastated the Montenegro coast, also greatly damaged the cathedral. Luckily, it has been salvaged and the careful restoration of parts of its interior has not been completed until a few years ago. The Romanesque architecture, contains a rich collection of artifacts. Older than many famous churches and cathedrals in Europe, the cathedral has a treasury of immense value. In its interior there are frescoes from the 14th century, a stone ornament above the main altar in which the life of St Tryphon is depicted, as well as a relief of saints in gold and silver.

The collection of art objects includes a silver hand and a cross, decorated with ornaments and figures in relief. It is only a part of the valuable objects of the Treasury of this unique sacral building which was the City Hall in the past. Today, it is the best known tourist attraction in Kotor and a symbol of the city: the Saint is depicted in the city's coat of arms, along with a lion and the Mount of San Giovanni.



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Kotor, Montenegro
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Founded: 1166
Category: Religious sites in Montenegro


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Airė Vizbaraitė (7 months ago)
Beautiful little streets with stunning architecture. People nice and helpful. Even if you just have a question they don’t try to convince you to buy something.
Mate Auck (8 months ago)
Another „must see” from The inside! The Cathedral is monumental and very significant for the City! Inside You can find a Holy painting of Virgin Mary That heals people! Entrance is 3€ per head and worth every penny! Also upstairs is a museum that You can access within the hour ticket!
Ralph (9 months ago)
A fantastic cathedral dateing back to 1166. With spectacular relgious artifacts. Also children are free
C Cutler (9 months ago)
Chorus twice daily at 7 am and 7 pm. Be sure to make it upstairs for the museum with an impressive display of artifacts and views to the square. Worth the four euro admission.
Atlas (12 months ago)
Beautiful little cathedral in the centre of Kotor. A very friendly gentleman selling tickets at the door who was happy to have a chat with me about football. Although the cathedral is small in comparison to some it's no less beautiful, with lots of pieces on display, including books, religious robes, relics, and paintings. Just a short walk from Kotor old town entrance so it's fairly easy to locate. The upstairs section is not wheelchair accessible however.
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