Our Lady of the Rocks
Our Lady of the Rocks
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  • Dingo_6152
    Fremantle, Australia3,133 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded. No regulation of numbers
    We arrived in a small coach but if you’re driving the locals are set up to charge you for parking on the side of the roads down to the harbour. There are a large number of different sized water taxis all touting to take you over to the island. There are two islands off the shore of Perast, the island of St George, which is a small natural vegetated island with a 12th century Benedictine monastery and Our Lady of the Rocks, a small artificial islet. The water taxis only take you to the later. The artificial islet was created in the 15th century by bulwark of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships loaded with rocks. It’s main feature is the Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Rocks. There is a small separate gift shop selling overpriced drinks, ice creams and souvenirs. The water taxis are continually dropping off boatloads of tourists, all to visit the church. They only let about 15-20people in at time, so there can be hundreds of people waiting on the islet, which has no shade, trying to get in the church. You did need a ticket to enter and they are strict on the dress codes (it is a church after all). The inside of the church is very beautiful - with ornate paintings on the walls and ceiling, together with silver wall hangings. Attached to the church is a building containing donated artworks and gifts, which are worth taking the time to look at but generally hard to see properly as the rooms are full of tourists. If you can put up with the crowds it is worth the visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,104 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice trip to the rock!!
    Enjoy the boat ride to “Our Lady on f the Rock” was lucky to do the trip on a nice sunny day. Boat trip only takes about 5 minutes. Once on the rock it’s really about the church, very small church that’s interesting at best to see, also attached to church a little museum that is also really just ok to see. At end of rocks a little house also ok to see. Ire’s over the inlet and back to the main lane is very good. For me it’s really just a tourist trap, on a nice day good to do but wouldn’t say it’s a must do. Once in the island and a quick walk around your almost waiting for the boat to come back and get you.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 September 2023
  • he_man_o
    Bellevue, Washington57 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    overcrowded and underwhelming but lovely boat ride
    we were dropped off here part of a multi country drive, the tiny coast town is charming to walk through for a few minutes and one of the shops let us use their restroom after a purchase. There was several booths and locals offering boat rides to the island, but the one we picked was perfect because it was 10 euro total for a round trip for 2 people, and they were leaving the coast/island every 10 minutes. the boat ride is perfect for views of perast, the island and the bay. the church asks for 2 eruro entrance fee. it is entirely too hot and crowded to enjoy, and you have to walk through the rooms/museums before you can exit. Spent about 15 mins on the island before needing to escape.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Marzena S
    36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting place
    Little church on the man made islad with beautiful legend behind it. Interesting little museum beside the church. Amazing views of Perast from the boat. Worth seeing while in Montenegro.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 November 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,977 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very beautiful church and museum along with great views
    The story is that two brothers who were fishermen saw a picture of Mary and baby Jesus on a rock floating in the sea. They rescued the picture and took it to their home. Soon after one of the brothers who was sick was cured. They then decided to build a church where the painting had been found. But first they needed to build an island. So each time they went out on their fishing boat, they dropped a rock in the spot. The tale spread and other sailors did the same. It took over 200 years and the brothers had long passed away but an island was finally created and the church was built on the rock. The picture that had been found, was placed in the church and is still there today behind the beautiful altar. As sailors stopped by, they left a silver plate for a safe journey and those silver plates still decorate the church. The church is very beautiful especially the altar and the ceiling which is filled with paintings. The museum is upstairs. There is a portrait upstairs of Mary and Jesus embroidered by a captain’s wife with very fine needlepoint. She used her own hair to embroider the angel’s hair. It took her many years to finish the portrait and one can see her original black hair that was used and then her grey hair. There are also quite a few other items upstairs such as pottery, dishes, rifles, pots and pans, and such. You also can take some pretty nice pictures of the little town of Perast from the window. All in all, this is well worth the visit and I would visit Our Lady of the Rock again.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 January 2024
  • T D
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania4,377 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely for a quick stop
    Our boat tour stopped on Lady of the Rock for one of its stops. The Orthodox Church has an entrance fee. There is a small gift shop and toilet for 1 Euro. Don’t think you need to spend more than 15 min since the man-made island is very small.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 May 2024
  • kidsb4me
    Melbourne, Australia522 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You could easily miss going and just take photos from shore ...
    We had a hire car and the minute we parked some men came over saying we had to pay 8 euro for parking or it was free if we did the boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks. We asked how much that was and they said 15 euro per person (3 of us being us and our adult son). I said the trip is usually 5 euro and they laughed saying that is an old price, everything has gone up. I went back to the car deciding we would just quickly take some photos and leave, when one of the men said ok 30 euro for 3 people to park the car as long as we wanted and the boat trip to the island. As this was our only opportunity to visit the island we decided to just pay the 30 euro although I am sure we were ripped off . A tiny little put put boat turned up to the dock and took us out the island, he then just putted off saying he'd be back in 30min. The island only really needs 15 minutes tops, there is a little lighthouse, church (entry is 3 euro) a shop/toilet. We waved our boat down after the 15 min and he took us around the second little island and went back to the town. We then walked along the promenade of the town, grabbed a ice-cream and went back to the car, all up was about an hour.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 May 2024
  • Connor C
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short and Sweet, but do it smart.
    We drove in with a rental car to just see the island. Parking is very hard and unless you want to do the tour, avoid the boat tour monopoly on parking. We were able to find a spot on the side of the upper road and avoid the tour guys. We walked down to the shoreline and were able to get a taxi boat to the island for 5 euro a person (tour guys charge 20 - 30). The island itself is really only worth 20 - 30 minutes. Not a ton to see but it's a nice picturesque place. We spent about an hour to hour and a half in Perast and felt like we saw it all!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2024
  • Rhroncich
    Brookfield, Illinois555 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Catholic Church with a cool back story.
    Catholic Church built in the 1400s. The island itself is man made - rocks and sunken ships. Amazing art and stories of mariners who pilgrimage to Our Lady asking Protection or thanking her for coming safely home. Read up on the icon over the altar - May even have been a miracle or two here. You can go behind the altar to touch an original stone, second floor houses more tributes to Our Lady and a nice little shop. You need a boat to get here, and that's part of the fun.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2024
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David R
Pocklington, UK457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Unless you are an experienced long distance swimmer in a wet suit, do what everyone else does-- take a water taxi. Built on a man-made island, this charming little active Catholic Chapel houses some interesting and probably unique votives. Ranging from wedding bouquets to an intricate tapestry made over 25 years with the weavers hair woven into the design. The resulting eyestrain cost the weaver her sight but her precision handiwork remains for all to see
Written 17 February 2020
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Dingo_6152
Fremantle, Australia3,133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
We arrived in a small coach but if you’re driving the locals are set up to charge you for parking on the side of the roads down to the harbour. There are a large number of different sized water taxis all touting to take you over to the island.

There are two islands off the shore of Perast, the island of St George, which is a small natural vegetated island with a 12th century Benedictine monastery and Our Lady of the Rocks, a small artificial islet. The water taxis only take you to the later. The artificial islet was created in the 15th century by bulwark of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships loaded with rocks. It’s main feature is the Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Rocks. There is a small separate gift shop selling overpriced drinks, ice creams and souvenirs.

The water taxis are continually dropping off boatloads of tourists, all to visit the church. They only let about 15-20people in at time, so there can be hundreds of people waiting on the islet, which has no shade, trying to get in the church. You did need a ticket to enter and they are strict on the dress codes (it is a church after all).

The inside of the church is very beautiful - with ornate paintings on the walls and ceiling, together with silver wall hangings. Attached to the church is a building containing donated artworks and gifts, which are worth taking the time to look at but generally hard to see properly as the rooms are full of tourists.

If you can put up with the crowds it is worth the visit.
Written 28 July 2023
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jmichel01
Myrtle Beach, SC422 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Historical with a great history, the two islands off of Perast are worth seeing with an actual stop at Our Lady of the Rock. There is a small church on the artificial island that was built many many years ago. The art, decorations and mini museum pieces give you another perspective of European history along with great views of the local hills and mountains. It's a short boat ride over and back. You want a guided tour to get the full history and background. If your time is limited, a tour of old town would be my priority but between the drive, boat ride and tour, and return, it is only about 2 hours.
Written 21 January 2020
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Barheat
Hamilton, Canada1,732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Boat ride to the island, church and museum entrance were included in a group tour with Kotor Private tours. The small church has many plagues of silver that were donated to the church over the centuries. They were recently cleaned during the pandemic and most were embossed with various scenes from the donor's life.

This is still an active church as our guide had her daughter baptized here.

The museum is on two floors entered from behind the altar. The museum is a collection of the numerous donations (which are now antiques) over the centuries.
There is a small gift table where we purchased olive oil soap to support the church.

If there are cruise ships in port, arrive early (before 9:30 am) to avoid the crowds as cruise ship tour passengers are brought to the island on a large boat carrying 100 or more.
Written 22 December 2022
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he_man_o
Bellevue, WA57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
we were dropped off here part of a multi country drive, the tiny coast town is charming to walk through for a few minutes and one of the shops let us use their restroom after a purchase. There was several booths and locals offering boat rides to the island, but the one we picked was perfect because it was 10 euro total for a round trip for 2 people, and they were leaving the coast/island every 10 minutes. the boat ride is perfect for views of perast, the island and the bay. the church asks for 2 eruro entrance fee. it is entirely too hot and crowded to enjoy, and you have to walk through the rooms/museums before you can exit. Spent about 15 mins on the island before needing to escape.
Written 19 September 2023
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK22,648 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
It is an artificial island created by bulwark of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships loaded with rocks. The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks (Italian: Chiesa della Madonna dello Scarpello) is the largest building on the islet; it has a museum attached. There is also a small gift shop close to the church and a navigation light at the western end of the islet.

According to legend, the islet was made over the centuries by local seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding the icon of Madonna and Child on the rock in the sea on 22 July 1452. Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the Bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea. The custom of throwing rocks into the sea is alive even nowadays.
The church contains 68 paintings by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th-century baroque artist from Perast. The church also houses a collection of silver votive tablets and a famous votive tapestry embroidered by Jacinta Kunić-Mijović from Perast. It took her 25 years to finish it while waiting for her darling to come from a long journey, and eventually, she became blind. She used golden and silver fibres but what makes this tapestry so famous is the fact that she also embroidered her own hair in it.
Written 16 June 2022
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Kevin G
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Be wary of the people ushering you to park and sell you tickets. We were each charged €15 (€30 total) for essentially a 5 minute boat trip to the island. They originally tried to sell it to us for €20 per person before lowering it after we said we would leave.

While the island is pretty, it felt like a tourist trap. You can tour the entire island in about 15 minutes- there really isn’t much to see and I actually think the view of the island from the side of the road is better than being on the island itself. The whole experience left a really bad taste in my mouth. If you must go, I would pay no more than €5 per person to go out there.
Written 27 May 2022
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Soccca
Tolmin, Slovenia1,787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
A very nice island. There are many offers in Perast for transportation to the island. There is a church on the island, the entrance fee is €2 per person, which also includes a visit to a small museum. Worth a visit, but be prepared for possible crowds.
Written 26 August 2022
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,977 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The story is that two brothers who were fishermen saw a picture of Mary and baby Jesus on a rock floating in the sea. They rescued the picture and took it to their home. Soon after one of the brothers who was sick was cured. They then decided to build a church where the painting had been found. But first they needed to build an island. So each time they went out on their fishing boat, they dropped a rock in the spot. The tale spread and other sailors did the same. It took over 200 years and the brothers had long passed away but an island was finally created and the church was built on the rock. The picture that had been found, was placed in the church and is still there today behind the beautiful altar. As sailors stopped by, they left a silver plate for a safe journey and those silver plates still decorate the church. The church is very beautiful especially the altar and the ceiling which is filled with paintings. The museum is upstairs. There is a portrait upstairs of Mary and Jesus embroidered by a captain’s wife with very fine needlepoint. She used her own hair to embroider the angel’s hair. It took her many years to finish the portrait and one can see her original black hair that was used and then her grey hair. There are also quite a few other items upstairs such as pottery, dishes, rifles, pots and pans, and such. You also can take some pretty nice pictures of the little town of Perast from the window. All in all, this is well worth the visit and I would visit Our Lady of the Rock again.
Written 23 January 2024
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Jamie B
Bristol, UK37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
A quick stop while on a day trip to Montenegro from Croatia. 80kr or €10 to get across …you will need cash but there is an ATM a couple of minutes away.

Out of season it was still busy with tourists as a large tour group (40+) had arrived at the same time as our group of 8.

Gorgeous views.
Written 23 April 2022
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