Another reminder on the amazing cultural achievements of people of Kotor is the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon which was constructed in 1166. With its elegant Romanesque architecture, high baroque bell towers and all the amazing artworks that it contains, it represents one of the most amazing medieval churches on the entire eastern Adriatic coastline. No, it is not just another church, it is a monument reflecting everything that makes Kotor and Montenegro interesting!
It all began even earlier than that, in the year 809, when relics of this saint arrived in Kotor. On the site of the nowadays Cathedral there was a much smaller church where the relics were stored. As the economy of Kotor flourished locals wanted something more impressive for their patron saint so the construction began!
Beautiful white limestone was shaped into blocks, piece by piece they were put together and the beauty was created! It was not just a religious object but it showed to every sailor that came to Kotor that this town may be small in size, but with achievements of its people as great as anywhere in European! Unfortunately, earthquakes damaged it few times, especially the one in 1667, when both bell towers collapsed. The most recent, in 1979, also caused some damage, but together with the old town the cathedral was completely restored and is open for all visitors who are willing to discover this extraordinary monument!