St John’s Fortress

St John’s Fortress in Kotor
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St John’s or as the locals call it San Giovanni Fortress is located on top of the Kotor Old Town starting from the east part of the town and going up to 280 metre above sea level. When you are climbing up to the fortress you’ll witness a picturesque view of Kotor and the Bay of Kotor. There are 1350 steps going up which may be challenging for some but there are places to rest on the way. If you are determined to go up to the end make sure you have comfortable walking shoes and some water.

On the way up to St John’s Fortress you’ll run into the church of Church of Our Lady of Remedy at the altitude of 100 metre which dates back to 1518. 

St John’s Fortress was built to protect Kotor town from the invaders. The construction started in the 9th century and ended in the 15th century. 

When you reach the top you’ll see a hole on the north side which lets you to go to the other side of the wall where there’s a small Catholic Church. When you are going down you can follow the trail from here down to the Kotor center. It takes about 2 – 2.5 hours round trip. 

The best time to hike to the fortress is in the morning during summer and at noon between October and April. 

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