Saturday, 26 November 2011

Kotor, Montenegro

My dear penpal Snježana went on holiday in Montenegro earlier this year and was kind enough to send me a bunch of postcards of the country. I have to confess I hardly knew anything about Montenegro until I joined Postcrossing. It looks like a really beautiful country, at least the seaside (that's what most of the postcards I have show).

Kotor is a coastal city in Montenegro. It is located in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor. The city has a population of 13,510 and is the administrative center of the municipality.

The old Mediterranean port of Kotor is surrounded by an impressive city wall built by the Republic of Venice and Venetian influence remains predominant in the city's architecture. The Bay of Kotor, one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea, is sometimes called the southern-most fjord in Europe (though it is actually a submerged river canyon). Together with the nearly overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovćen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive and picturesque Mediterranean landscape.

In recent years, Kotor has seen a steady increase in tourists, attracted by both the natural beauty of the Gulf of Kotor and the old town of Kotor itself.

Kotor is a Unesco World Heritage Site dubbed 'the Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor'.

Snježana sent me the cards when she was back home so the stamps are from Bosnia.

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