Our Lady of the Rock - Perast

Monastery Our Lady of the Rock Montenegro

Our Lady of the Rock - famous and unique

The Island Our Lady of the Rock is one of two gorgeous islands in the bay of Boka Kotorska, which are situated in the sea across Perast in the Kotor municipality. The other island, which also should be visited, is the Island Sent George. That island is also called 'the island of the dead captains', because according to a legend one French soldier, by shooting from cannon towards Perast, has hit a house of his beloved girl and killed her.
The church Our Lady of the Rock is located at the same named island. This church was raised in 1630 on an artificial island, which was built by fishermen from Perast. According to a legend these fishermen after the shipwreck found on a sea rock an icon of Holy Mother of God with Christ and vowed that right on that spot where the icon was found they will build a church, which will be dedicated to this icon of the Holy Mother of God, protector of sailors and fishermen. As the island had to be maintained, the seaman continued to bring the stones, so that tradition is alive even today. The custom from the old times was recently renewed. Today it is called Fasinada from Perast and it is held at the end of the day on the 22nd of July.
Montenegro Guide Church Monastery Our Lady of The Rock
Our Lady of The Rock Monastery
In the interior of the church there is a great marble altar, which is a piece of work of Antonio Kapelano, sculptor from Genoa. On it you can see the icon of Lady of the Rock which is a piece of work of the painter Lovro Dobricevic, one of the greatest masters of that age on the territory of the Balkans, and this icon dates from XV century.

Famous Kotor painter Tripo Kokolja, one of the most famous domestic baroque painters, painted the church and it was by order of the noblemen Andrija Zmajevic. The best paintings in this church are: Crowning of Mary, Mary’s Death, and Exaltation of the Holy Mother of God.

Between the paintings of this Kotor master there are silver plaques with relief displays of Boka ships, which according to a legend Our Lady of the Rock protected and helped in troubles.

In the church you can also find an embroidery of a woman from Kotor, who has been making that embroidery from her own hair waiting for her sailor (husband) to come back, that embroidery was made for over 30 years and while she worked on it the women got blind and finally died without seeing her husband.