The irreplaceable value of the cultural heritage that Budva possesses the best is seen through its churches. The interweaving of different cultures and civilizations has left an indelible mark in the form of beautiful buildings that take away the breath in this Mediterranean pearl with its architecture and history. They tell stories about the times and peoples passing through Budva and living there, about wars and courage, about faith and hope.
Church of the Holy Trinity
While Boka was under the authority of Austria, the Orthodox Christians of Budva and the Montenegrin bishop Petar I Petrovic Njegos were in favor of the Orthodox Church. After their request was approved, the construction began in 1978 and was completed in 1804. The church was built of pink and white stone, in the name of the church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin in the Podmaine Monastery. The Holy Trinity is the cities patron saint holiday, and on that occasion, three days of liturgies are organized in the church of the Holy Trinity, more commonly known as the Triuchidic lithium. In the church’s porch, there is the tomb of Stefan Mitrov Ljubisa, the famous resident and one of the most famous domestic writers from the XIX century.
Santa Maria in Punta
Also known as the Church of St. Mary, Santa Maria in Punta is one of the oldest Catholic temples in Montenegro, an inscription that is engraved on one of the walls testifies that it dates from the year 840. The church’s walls were originally raised by the monks of the Benedictine Order, and according to the legend, it was built at a place where the Benedictines handed the Buddha’s icon to the icon of St. Mary – the Budva’s Lady.
The church is located on the cap in the southwestern part of Budva, which itself speaks its name, “in punta – on the cape”. The building itself represents a set of different styles and periods of construction, so the broken gypsy style vaults originate from the 13th century, while the belfry with three windows on the north side of the church and ornamented rosette on the eastern side became an integral part of the church in the 17th century. A facade made of broken stone gives her a unique and rustic look. Today, in the Church of St. Mary, among other things, there are also art exhibitions and concerts of classical music.
Church of St. John the Baptist
The high belfry of this church is one of the most recognizable features and main tourist attractions in Budva. Due to its architecture, unique windows and broken vaults that feature Gothic style, it is believed that it was built in the XV century, but there are legends that this church was actually built in the 7th century. On the northern altar, there is the most famous Budva icon – Budvanska Gospa, which is the protector of the city. The church of St. John was transferred from the Church of St. Mary as it was known for centuries. The history of the icon is covered with velvety secrets, and people attributed to its miraculous facts. On the other hand, on the southern altar, there is an icon of St. Anthony of Padua, also known among the population as a guardian of the city.