Bay of Kotor

August 05, 2006

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Provided by: Norbert Rumiano
Summary authors & editors: Norbert Rumiano

The Bay of Kotor is often called the Europe's southernmost fjord. But in fact, it's not really a fjord, it's the submerged canyon of an old river that formerly flowed from the nearby mountain of Orjen. This area has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. Illyrians, Hellenics and Romans all used this naturally protected area. Alternately ruled by the Byzantines, the Serbs, and the Venetians, this Bay is now in the hands of Montenegro, which became part of the Federation of Serbia in 1992.

This picture was taken on May 14, 2006 from the "ladder of Kotor," a high and steep road running from the town of Kotor (in the foreground on the right of the picture) to the mounts of Lovcen. The Adriatic Sea is blocked from view by the mountains in the background. The old town of Kotor is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

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