Sveti Djordje Island

Sveti Djordje Island Kotor
Sveti Djordje Island

Sveti Djordje is a natural island off the coast of Perast on the Bay of Kotor. On the island there is the monastery of Sveti Djordje dating back to the 12th century and the old graveyard for the nobles of Perast. Tourists are not allowed to go on the island. The island is also known as the island of the dead because of the graveyard.

According to a legend, more than 200 years ago, a Dalmatian officer Ante Slovic and a girl from Perast Katica Kalfic fell in love with each other. It was the time when Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Kotor town. They were planning to get married after the war ended. One day the people from Perast rebelled against the French army. The French commander ordered to fire from Sveti Djordje Island. Ante was the soldier to fire the first cannon-shot which was enough for the Perastans to surrender. That ended the war and Ante was looking forward to seeing his love. He went over Perast to Katica’s house where he found Katica dead in her bed, killed by the cannon-shot. Katica was buried on Sveti Djordje Island and Ante never left her alone until he died on the island while taking care of Katica’s grave. The Perastans found him dead on the island and buried him next to Katica upon his last wish. Since then along the wall of the church two cypresses lean against each other where the bodies of this couple lie.

The island and the monastery are not open to visits but they can be seen when you are on a boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks Island.

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