Our Lady of Health church, Kotor bay, Montenegro
“Crkva Gospa od Zdravlja” (translated in English “Our Lady of Health”) church, Kotor, Montenegro. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Ggia.

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Kotor is a small town located on Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor), in the northern part of the Montenegro coast. Kotor is gaining in popularity with tourists, who come, often by cruise ships, to view the majestic landscapes afforded by this small cove town. The Gulf of Kotor and the Bay of Kotor is situated in an inlet off of the Adriatic Sea, and it is part of a World Heritage Site called the “Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor.” The town of Kotor was developed around Stari Grad, the city’s old town, and its bay is the deepest natural fjord in all of the Mediterranean Sea.

The centerpiece of this photo is the Crkva Gospa od Zdravlja, or the Church of Our Lady of Health. Situated on a hill that overlooks the Old Town, the Church of Our Lady Health affords visitors with beautiful views of the town and the water beyond. The church dates back to the 15th century. It was built half way up St. John’s Hill. Following numerous plague epidemics, the church became a votive church dedicated to prayer.