St. Tryphon Cathedral, Kotor

#3 of 25 in Historic Sites in Kotor
Must see · Ruin · Religious Site
The largest building in the city, St. Tryphon Cathedral showcases a classical Romanesque architectural style and holds a collection of priceless artifacts and art pieces. Built in the 12th century, this palace rests on Corinthian columns and pink stone pillars. Its bell towers were rebuilt in the Baroque style after an earthquake, and its rose windows illustrate Gothic-Renaissance motifs. Seek out the lavish interior frescoes from the 14th century, the bas-relief altar screen, and the Romanesque Gothic ciborium--the highlight of the interior decoration. Visit the reliquary chapel to see a 1288 wooden crucifix, and look for St. Tryphon's remains at the site. Using our international travel planner, Kotor attractions like St. Tryphon Cathedral can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Definitely sticks out in the tiny little town of Kotor. It can also be viewed from the hike on the city wall. Just a beautiful Church, but you must pay to get in!  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral that is small but very historic and interesting for anyone. If you dgo on the second floor you will find encased body parts of over 150 saints. Worth a visit for sure!!  more »
  • 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. 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.
  • I enjoyed looking around the Cathedral. The photos of the anniversary processions were very interesting as because we don't have many big religious processions in England but they are more common in Catholic and Orthodox countries. The museum upstairs was also interesting. The view across the square was a bonus

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