Montenegro - Perast and the Island Churches

We rounded the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro and parked our hired car in Perast.  Just offshore, we could see Our Lady of the Rocks built on an artificial island planted in that spot because of the alleged Madonna and child sightings in that area by fishermen over the ages.
We wandered along the waterfront of Perast.
Colorful buoys seemed to mark various sea traps.
The town itself featured soulful statues...
...and unique structures.  This one seemed almost reclaimed by the forest!
We boarded a boat bound for Our Lady of the Rocks.  It cost about a 5'er (fun fact:  Montenegro uses euros even though they are not officially part of the EU.  Their historical currency was deutchmarks).
We rolled up alongside St. George Island which houses a 12th century church but is not open to the public.
We continued on our 10 minute journey to Our Lady of the Rocks.
The church loomed in front of us with its sky blue dome accentuated against the stormy sky.
We disembarked and took a tour of the small island.
We could see St. George Island nearby.
We entered the church and were impressed by the boldly colored interior.
A midnight blue dome grounded the scene.
Masterpieces in oil decorated the ceiling and walls.
Many superstitious Montenegrans come here to make an offering in thanks to Our Lady when they have a near miss at sea or in thanks for the good things in life.
A small museum sits above the church and displays many of the offerings left here over the years.  It costs just a couple euro to enter.
We emerged from the church and museum, past a weather-worn lion.
We boarded our ferry back to Perast.
Safely back on dry land, we watched the ferry do a quick turnaround back to the island to pick up more passengers.
We in turn, retraced our steps back to the car in search of a bite of lunch.

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