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Trying to find information on this lovely little church which you see on the right hand side I read a beautiful story how this originally Catholic church was shared with the Orthodox community of refugees escaping from Ottoman Empire. Sadly I read that the situation of Christians in the present day Turkey is becoming once again more and more difficult.

I have presented a photo from the same square before HERE, the other photo was taken at very different weather conditions two days later and it is facing a view which you would have on the left side after going through this arched entrance.

Church of Saint Luke in Kotor is one of the oldest temples in Montenegro. It was built in 1195 by Kotor benefactor in-law Prince Maura Katsefarangi. Quite a modest-looking single-nave temple combines the features of both Romanesque and Byzantine architecture. Previously the church had rich interior painting, but to our time on these frescoes are preserved only some fragments on the southern wall. Paul in the temple is made of simple burial tombs Kotor citizens, as up until 1930 the burial took place inside the church. Initially, the temple was purely Catholic, but in 1657 when Kandinsky war between the Republic of Venice and the Ottoman Empire, which had taken refuge from the Turkish invasion of many Orthodox refugees. And then the Venice city administration allowed them to use the church for Orthodox rites. Since then the church of St. Luke is located just two altar - Catholic and Orthodox. Today, the church kept relics of St. Luke, as well as particles of the holy martyrs Auxentius, Mardary and Orestes.

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