Stari Bar

sights / Historic

Lonely Planet review

A small museum just inside the entrance explains the site and its history. From here you can follow the green arrows around the major points of interest. In the western part of the town are the remains of St Nicholas’ Church (Crkva Sv Nikole) offering glimpses of Serbo-Byzantine frescoes.

The northern corner has an 11th-century fortress with views showcasing Stari Bar’s isolated setting amid mountains and olive groves. Nearby are the foundations of St George's Cathedral (Katedrala Sv Ðorđa), dedicated to Bar’s patron saint. Originally a Romanesque church, the Turks converted it into a mosque in the 17th century but the unlucky edifice was yet again in ruins after an accidental explosion of gunpowder.

If you’re wondering why St John’s Church (Crkva Sv Jovana) is in such good nick, it’s because it’s been completely reconstructed by one of the families associated with the original church. One of the few other buildings to have an intact roof is St Verenada's Church (Crkva Sv Verenade), which contains a display of photography from the greater Bar area.

Ottoman constructions include a solid and charming Turkish bathhouse from the 17th or 18th century, the clock tower (1752) and the 17th-century aqueduct that carried water from a spring 3km away; it was reconstructed after the 1979 earthquake.