(Gospa od Škrpjela)

It is the second of two islands in front of Perast, about 115 m away from the island of St. Djordje in the northwest. Stone plateau in the middle of the sanctuary must be the result of efforts of generation of sailors throughout centuries, to be there, in the heart of the Bay of Kotor the testimony of their Christian faith and culture.

The island is artificialy made with permanent filling stones and sinking old ships around reefs that existed there. That is the reason of the name of the island - "škrpjel", which is the old name for the marine reef (Dalmatians-Romance lexical rest of the word "scopulus").

The beginnings of the shrines are falling in the first century of Venetian rule. Sanctuary is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven (the Assumption), because the Venetians especially developed respect for this cult (Assunzione della Vergine).

The original church was built in the mid fifteenth century and was of modest proportions, given the size of the rocks on which it is located. Over the centuries, filling stones and sinking of old sailing ships and irradiated, the surface of the island increased, and this allowed later bolder architectural interventions. The church is largely made after the 1667 year, as the shrine was apparently destroyed in the great earthquake in 1667. Simple proportions, consisting of one ship and chapel, vaulted dome, 11m high, was built in Byzantine style. The connection to the Baroque can be seen only in the processing details, and only the construction of a round tower (the unique shape of our coast, whose structure most likely stems from the immune function), the church gets to express a baroque look.

Prince Vicko Smekija built a spacious terrace Next to the dome in mid-eighteenth century, surrounded by a stone balustrade of the Venetian Renaissance style, on which is also coat of arms of Smekija, actually casada Cizmai. At the top of the staircase railing is the emblem of Perast municipality - two hands holding a cross, a symbol of solidarity in defense of the Christian faith.

On the northeast side towards Perast is a guard house, whose Baroque facade receives the final form in the eighteenth century.

On small Piazzetta in front of the church, neo-Baroque facade hides a so-called Pomirdbena hall, where the people from Boka, in the shadow of the sanctuary, in peace could resolve their local conflicts.

Especially interesting is a stone table with a stone slab, which carry two Titans, standing on the west side of the church, made in typical baroque style.

The church was painted by Tripo Kokolj, Perast famous painter of the XVII century. The central icon of the Madonna placed on the altar of the church is the work of Lovro Marinov Dobricevic. It is the most valuable item in the church, because the past of the icon is associated with the history of the island, which occurs as a consequence of the cult that developed around it. Two sets of pictures along the walls, in the form of strips, are connected with radiant collection of silver "votive" - ​​votive tablets, and meet the free surface of the wall of the church choir. In total there are about 2000 of it, and each tile ex voto proves a sign of gratitude of people from Perast for the victory over the various difficulties. On the right wall is the silver coin relief depicting Perast, two islands and the Turkish army attacking the city - this is a common ex voto of residents in gratitude for the victory over the Turks  15th May 1654. and it is the work of Venetian goldsmiths Francescoli Costadonia.

The altar is the work of craftsmen from Genova (Antun Capellano and his son Jerolim) and is made from the finest Carrara marble. Two marble statues on the sides, left St. Ivan Evangelist and right one St. Roka, are the works of Venetian sculptor Francesco Gaia.

Our Lady of the Rock is a unique example, not only in its origin and development, but also as an interesting architectural complex, which is a witness of all history changes of Perast.
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