Budva in Montenegro
A picturesque coastal town, Budva Montenegro is well-known for its many unspoiled sandy beaches, ancient Mediterranean architecture and varied nightlife. It’s a perfect holiday hotspot for those looking for a cultural escape in a sunny climate.
Budva – with its atmospheric Stari Grad (old town) and numerous beaches – certainly has a lot to offer. Mile after mile of beaches (some dazzling and sandy, others made of multi-coloured soft pebbles) this is one of the single most striking stretches of coastline in the Mediterranean. Much of it too remains unspoiled.
Budva Old Town
The old town is Budva’s trademark. It is raised on the island, which used to be connected with the land by a sandy covering until it grew into a peninsula.
The Old Budva’s town is a unique architectonic and urban entity, which is mentioned as a lodgment even in the antique period. Budva, according to sources, is one of the oldest urban centers in the Adriatic. It is more than 2.500 years old.
The walls of Budva were, and are even today, the attraction for both the tourists from the country as well as for those from the farthest parts of the world. They date from the middle century. It was a time when in these areas the Venetians ruled.
The urban nucleus of the old town experienced certain damages. This happened twice – first in 1667 and then in 1979’s great earthquakes.
In town, there is also the Church of Sveti Ivan (St. Ivan), a monumental basilica with three transepts. It was built in VII century. There’s also the oldest edifice Sveta Marija (St. Marija) from Punta from 840 A.D. and the church of Sveti Trojica (St. Trinity) built in year 1804.
Museum of Budva
The museum of the town Budva is situated in the very center of the Old town. Even though Budva is more than 2.5 millenniums old, it awaited for its museum till the last 20 years.
Besides the antiques, the museum of the town offered visitors exhibits that mark Budva from the creation of the old town until nowadays.
Various items come with Hellenic traits: vases, jewelry, ornaments, tool, eating utensils, the items made of glass and clay, objects of unusual designs and shapes, silver dishes, and many other items. All have been waiting for years to be discovered and are now kept in the building of the museum in Budva.
The items in the museum testify about both the life and historical conditions of this part of the Mediterranean with an ethno genesis. Ethno genesis means it is made of a pervasion of various cultures: Illyrian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Slovenian, and others. It is also reflects the specific profile leading down to the art, archeology, and ethnography of this area.