Forte Mare

Herceg Novi

The bastion at the town’s seaward edge was built between the 14th and 17th centuries but owes its current look to an Austrian makeover in 1833. It's now used for film screenings on summer nights. Downstairs, a 15-minute video tells the story of Ottoman admiral Barbarossa wresting the fort from the Spanish in the 1539 Siege of Castelnuovo.

In the sea below, you can see the ruins of the Citadela, a Venetian-built fort that was the victim of a major earthquake that hit the coast in 1979.

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1. Citadela

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Once a mighty seafront fortress connected to the city by huge walls, the Venetian-era Citadela met its match in a 1979 earthquake, when it was almost…

2. St Jerome’s Church

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The Old Town's main Catholic church (1856) dominates Trg Mića Pavlovića. It's usually only open during services.

3. Ulica Njegoševa

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Herceg Novi's Old Town is at its most impressive when approached from the pedestrian-only section of Ulica Njegoševa, which is paved in the same shiny…

4. Clock Tower

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The elegant crenulated clock tower, built in 1667, sits above what was once the main city gate. You can climb the spiral staircase for a different…

5. Archangel Michael’s Church

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Built between 1883 and 1905, this beautifully proportioned, domed, Serbian Orthodox church sits at the centre of gleaming white Trg Herceg Stejpana (known…

6. Kanli Kula

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Kanli Kula means 'bloody tower', and this notorious 16th-century prison more than lived up to its name during Herceg Novi's years of Turkish rule (roughly…

7. Šetalište Pet Danica

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Named after five young women named Danica who died during WWII, this pedestrian promenade stretches along the waterfront for more than 5km from Igalo to…

8. Španjola Fortress

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Looming over town, Španjola was started and finished by the Turks but named after the Spanish (they had a stint – in 1538 – here as well). Unlike the town…