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R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, Perast
(4.6/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela stands on the only artificial island in the Adriatic Sea, originally just a rock protruding from the water. Legend says that in 1452, two Venetian sailors found a painting of the Virgin Mary on the rock; from then on, the local seamen swore to build an island around the site and a church dedicated to the Virgin. The small church here dates back to 1632, housing 68 Baroque paintings from the 17th century. Visit a small museum at the site, and view exhibits on the history of Perast, art collections, and items from 3,500 BCE found in a cave nearby. A visit to R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Perast tour planner to plot your vacation.
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  • To enjoy all the beauty of this place, you have to visit here in the off season. It is a small island with a small ancient Church simply aren't designed for the reception of hundreds of tourists. December-perfect. Nobody will disturb you, you all see and feel. Even it is hard to imagine how can fit everyone in the summer months.
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  • Our Lady of the rock is built on an artificial island. Initially, this was just a touch the water. The villagers began to throw stones in order to build an artificial island on which they want to erect a church. But it is 20 meters deep. So they flow more than 100 boats filled with rocks to accelerate production of the island. Once completed, they built a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary., and for the sailors who sail on the sea... All those which graces were answered leave ex-votos that you stick on the walls. Quite impressive. There is also a small point son gold, Chinese silk and HAIR of the lady who did this work of art. It took him 25 YEARS. Unheard. There are a lot of people who visit the island. Then the guides should make appointments. We go to the island by boat - 15 minutes only. If you are in no hurry, it maybe worth to go there. Allow a maximum hour.
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  • I did the tour of the church and museum so got the full, wonderful story. My guide was obviously dedicated to the church and gave a very interesting and moving tour. 
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  • Beware of thugs Beautiful location, all the other positive reviews are spot on. Have lunch in one of the restaurants near the harbour. However beware of thugs. Parking should be cheap 2€ per day from what we gathered. However we were unfortunate to bump into a bunch of thugs. When we parked we paid 5€ and were told the cost is 5€ per hour. However when we required around they told us it was 2€ per day. When we went back a group a five were waiting for us to collect money (we parked for little over two hours). They claimed that because I had a Renault Traffic which is a 9 seater the cost is higher. In any country this car is categorised as a normal car. I smelled a rat. They had blocked my car with their own so I had no way of going out. I refused to pay despite being with a family of 6. I called the police but police was most unhelpful as he did not speak English. I told them I will pay the fine but not paying them as I don't believe they were official. Luckily with the police around they couldn't block me anymore. We left without paying more and after a big scene. Till date I haven't got a fine (been over a month now). So b ware of thugs.
  • Beautiful place!! There are some boat tour with 10Euro. Even if you visit this place just for 10 min, you must be able to enjoy this place. I heard that most tours from Dubrovnik includes this place to the tour for Kotor. I recommend you to try to visit this place. A small souvenir shop is also located on this small island.
  • One of the most beautiful place to be at. Just taking a deep breath while looking at the 360 degree view makes you forget all of your stress. Being there during sunset will make your tears come out.
  • Reach by boat from the mainland €5pp. Worthwhile seeing
  • Beautiful church on a man-made island in the Bay of Kotor. Great detail inside and there's also a gift shop with both religious artefacts and normal souvenirs. Well worth a visit.