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Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Skrpjela)

The church Gospa od Skrpjela is located at the same named island which is located in bay of Boka Kotorska across the beautiful small and peaceful town Perast. 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.

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 Gospa od Skrpjela which is a piece of work of the painter Lovro Dobric, 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: Krunisanje Marijino (Crowning of Mary), Marijina smrt (Mary’s Death), and Uznesenje Bogorodice (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 Gospa od Skrpjela 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.

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