When you visit Budva riviera, don't miss the chance to see and famous the Old town with our guide ...
Old Town Budva is fortification that is located in the homonymous town. Fortification originally was built on the island that wasn't far away from the shore, which later was connected with land, so today it represents an fortification on land, although originally it was on an island. Town is preserved until this day, and the houses are still used for living. This town was severely damaged in the big earthquake in 1979., but fortification and houses are successfully restored.
Legend says that Kadmo founded Budva, one of three sons of phoenician king Agenor. Since he didn't succeed to return his abducted sister Europe (which was abducted by Zeus), Kadimo founded town called Teba. He was banished from teba, and with his wife Harmonia he founded Budva (Butua, Budoe). Because of the ancient curse, they threw themself in to the sea, so that he doesn't become a dragon. They turned in to two fishes, and by legend exist to this day.
Budva (Montenegro) for the first time is mentioned in 4th century BC. At the place of Old town there has been peninsula. That peninsula through time has merged with land. Stone houses and churches, narrow streets and little green gardens surrounded with fortification from all sides make Budva an typical medieval maritime town. From town view spreads on blue open sea., on kilometres of beaches and island St. Nicola, biggest island on Montenegrian seaside.
Main gate of Old town has 3 names: "Main door", "Large door" or "Porta di Terra Ferme" ("Door of solid ground"). In old times, these doors were closed after dark, and the entrance was on small doors, which you can see today on left gate. Above the door there is an old crest of Budva, on which you can see venetian lion, as a proof of perennial rule of Venetian republic over Budva.
From the inside, above the door, there is mosaic of Madonna with her child. It replaced an old icon with the same motive, which was on there for the centuries. After World War II, passionate members of Communist Party removed it from the wall and threw it to the sea. After some time, under strange circumstances, icon was accidentally found in the sea, few kilometres from where it was thrown. Even if it was severely damaged it is stored in church od St. John the Baptist, where it waits for restoration.
Immediately after entering the Old town, you will notice remainings of an old watchtower. From that place they followed who entered the town through small gate.
Most of the building today in Old Town originate from XVII century and they were built after devastating earthquake in 1667. The rest originates from XVIII and XIX century.
The city map is modeled as an trade town, in which two main streets cross in the center of the town, where is located main town square. Two main streets are Njegoševa and Petra I Petrovica which connected by the main square that is located on the north-west part of the town.