Perast is a small historical town in Montenegro, located just across the entrance of Bay of Kotor. Once has been an important naval city under the rule of Venetian Empire between 15th – 18th centuries, now it has only around 300 inhabitants.
Perast is a picturesque coastal town, with its churches, palaces and defensive towers, leaning back to splendid slopes. Just a few hundred meters off Perast coast, there are two small islands. One of them is St George Island (Sveti Đorđe) on which stands a 12th century monastery and a graveyard.
The other island is called “Our Lady of Rocks” (Gospa od Škrpjela) and it is the only artificial island in the whole Adriatic Sea. The story is that, once upon a time, two Venetian sailors find an icon of Mother Mary floating on the sea, exactly on this spot. It becomes a religious tradition for the fishermen and seaman to throw a rock in the sea every time they sail. Over centuries, the thrown pile of rocks grow so large that an island starts to emerge. Later, a church is built on this artificial island. Today the island is a museum. Boats operate between the island and Perast to carry visitors to the island and back.