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In the bay of Risan there are two islands – Sveti Djordje and Gospa od Skrpjela. Religious objects with art works of priceless value are located on these islands.

On the island, there is a collection of archaeological exhibits, paintings of ships and objects of art and everyday life.

Perast’s small islands - St.Djordje and Gospa od Skrpjela are inseparably connected to historical, maritime and cultural development of Perast, altogether they make the most magic part of the bay of Boka.


Gospa od Skrpjela is a place where many pilgrims and curious people gather. It was made on an artificial island and represents the most beautiful testament to the Mother of God, a unique object in the whole Mediterranean. Building of the small chapel started on July 22, 1945, when, according to the legend, Martesic brothers, fishermen from Perast, found an icon of the Virgin Mary, which allegedly helped curing one of them.

They started piling up rocks and old, wrecked sailboats on a cliff and thus started a hard process of building Gospa od Skrpjela. This turned into traditional custom. Every year, at the end of the day, on July 22, boats full of stones sail to Gospa’s reef where the stones are disposed and in that way the centuries-long tradition of preserving the Virgin Mary’s sanctuary continues.

The most famous and most valuable tapestry is here on Gospa od Skrpjela. It was embroidered by Jacinta Kunic-Mijovic and it took her 25 years to finish it while waiting her darling to come from a long journey. She used golden and silver fibres but what makes this tapestry so famous is the fact that she embroidered her own hair in it.