St. John's Church

Budva, Montenegro

St. John's Church is one of the oldest churches in the Montenegro coastal region, which was built, according to oral tradition, in the 7th century. It was a Cathedral until 1828, when the Diocese of Budva was abolished. The Cathedral was damaged in the earthquake of 1667, after which it was reconstructed on several occasions, while its high tower, which dominates the town, was erected in 1867. Next to the church, there is the former Bishop’s court complex.

The church features several objects of cultural and historical value and, among its numerous old Icons, the most notable is one of the Virgin Mary with Christ called the Madonna in Punta. It is also known as the Madonna of Budva or the Great Panagia (“the saint of all that is holy”). In 1807, it was brought from the Church of Santa Maria in Punta and is now considered to be the shrine of the Patron Saint of the town and its inhabitants, protecting them both from plague and pirate raids. In the 1970s, the original classical altar was removed from the church, and a new altar wall – a mosaic made of mural glass covering an area of 40 square metres – was created by the well-known Croatian painter, Ivo Dulcic.



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Budva, Montenegro
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Founded: 7th century
Category: Religious sites in Montenegro

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Vera Gordon (8 months ago)
This is a centuries old basilica with a landmark bell tower illuminated at night. The alter has a striking glass mosaic that is different from frescos commonly seen in similar churches. The church is not ornate but displays a peaceful simplicity and beauty. It is a small church which is worth visiting. The entry is free of charge.
Louise Roche (11 months ago)
Attended Holy Mass today such reverence, beauty. A holy priest with a holy people, please don't loose this wonderful gift. I was so sad to think what Ireland has thrown away. Thank you Fr.
Nika Navi (16 months ago)
Beautiful place, especially in the evening. The bright illumination of the bell tower attracts the eye.
Reneeke9 (2 years ago)
Its a church, what do you want me to say. Take your cap of and don't make loud noices.
Игорь Барчук (2 years ago)
Here is preserved old ages ambience with modern life inside: there are a lot of boutiques, restaurants and cafes. However all that was organized and combined in such manner to not to spoil ancient beauty.
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