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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Founded: 1166
Category: Religious sites in Montenegro

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Ervin Mocic (2 years ago)
Beautifully built cathedral.
gabriella barthlow (2 years ago)
Beautiful magical black mountains surround the area for miles and miles. Amazing location.
J Ch (3 years ago)
Kotor's old city is a beautiful maze-like city which is enclosed in walls. There are shops and restaurants there, along with one of Montenegro's biggest attractions which are the steps of the Old City's walls. Although beautiful, the old city is small, and theres no room to spend hours let alone a day there.
Nash Shiva (3 years ago)
Great town focused on medieval touch and good for snaps. Souvenirs are nice and worth a look with couple of magnets to purchase from.
wnegrao (3 years ago)
Amazing preserved medieval walled city / from the sea up to the mountains of Montenegro / with beautiful churches and constrictions which are still today in regular use by locals / outstanding for a 1 day trip or 2/3 days exploring
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