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Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM
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Fasinada is a commemoration of the tiny island of Gospa od Skrpjela (Our Lady of the Chisels) off Montenegro. The island, according to the story, was once nothing more than a rock; sailors dumped stones there until an island was formed, and in the 17th century a church was built on the pile of rocks. The festival includes a procession to the island of boats decorated with garlands of flowers and loaded with rocks. The rocks are piled up to reinforce the shores of the island, and then the participants enjoy folk dancing and country sports and games. More...
Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2021 4:45:49 PM

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Legend has it that two fishermen from Perast, the Morticic brothers, returning from fishing, saw some light on a small ridge near Perast. When they approached, they saw an icon with the image of the Mother of God and took it to Perast. Then, the people decided to build a church in that place in the part of the Mother of God. The icon was undamaged when the brothers brought it to the church. She disappeared the same night, and the next day, she was found on the same ridge from where she was taken. Several times, the fishermen returned the icon to the church, but it inexplicably disappeared overnight and miraculously appeared at the top of the ridge where the fishermen first found it. The people of Perast understood that as a sign from heaven and vowed to build a church in honor of the Mother of God. That's how it was. People started throwing stones around the rocks. They managed to take about 3,000 square meters from the sea, make an island and build a church on it.

Today's church was mostly built around 1667, because the sanctuary was obviously damaged in a great earthquake that hit this area in the same year. It is of simple proportions, it consists of a nave and a chapel which is vaulted with a dome 11 meters high, made in the Byzantine style. The connection with the Baroque can be seen only in the treatment of details, and the church got a distinctly Baroque look only with the construction of a round bell tower, unique in shape, whose structure most likely derives from the defensive function.

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