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Location: Gospa od Škrpjela, bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Gospa od Škrpjela is one of the two islets off the coast of Perast in Bay of Kotor, Montenegro. It is an artificial island created by bulwark of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships loaded with rocks.
According to legend, the islet was made over the centuries by the seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding the icon of Madonna and Child on the rock in the sea on July 22, 1452. Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the Bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea. The custom of throwing rocks into the sea is alive even nowadays. Every year on the sunset of July 22, an event called fašinada, when local residents take their boats and throw rocks into the sea, widening the surface of the island, takes place.
Date taken: 18.07.2011
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
1/250s * F/9.0 * 18mm * ISO200