Unlike its sibling island, St. George, this island is man-made. Folklore has it that in 1452, local sailors found an icon depicting the Virgin and Child cast upon a rock jutting up from the water. Taking this as a sign from God, they began placing stones on and around the rock, slowly building an island over it. By 1630 they had erected a church upon the new island. The original icon (which has been attributed to the 15th-century local artist Lovro Dobričević) is displayed on the altar. Over the centuries, locals have paid their respects to it by donating silver votive offerings, some 2,500 of which are now on display. To get here, hop a boat taxi from the waterfront (a five-minute trip that costs €5 return. Boats run from 9–5 out of season and 9–7 in the season. (069/045–262, www.shiptravel-dado.co.me, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kotor Bay, Kotor, 85336, Montenegro
032-373–753-for Kotor tourist office information