Old Bar

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On the rocky slopes of the Mount Rumija towards the Skadar Lake are wineyards and chestnut forests. Towards the sea is Stari Bar and the old olive groves. In the past it was a tradition that a young man could not marry before he planted a certain number of olive trees, so today there are more than a hundred tousand olive trees here. In the vicinity of the old town there is a giant olive tree older more than 2,240 years, a cultural property protected by law.

Stari Bar was actually called Bar until the new town by the sea was built in the last century. The first name of the new town was Pristan, but then it was changed into Bar and the real Bar got the name Stari Bar. To the north there is a 16th century aqueduct used to supply the town from a spring 3km away.

In the center of it, protected by cliffs on three sides, there is an old fortified town from the Ottoman times who ruled here more than 300 years, today riuns left after their defeat.  Some of the buildings like clock tower, custom house and hamam were reconstructed.  Around and under it are authentic Bar homes and mosques that were rebuilt after destruction in the bad days, and a newly built Islamic center,  the biggest in this part of the world.  It is named Selimija in memory of the first mosque built in the old town, of which are preserved only the foundations.

EmEm says:
Thank you.
Posted on: Sep 04, 2017
planxty says:
Yet another fascinating and well-researched review, great work.
Posted on: Sep 03, 2017
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