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History

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From Fortress to Legacy: Journey Through Time

Nestled at the entrance to Montenegro's Bay of Kotor, Mamula Island holds a rich and storied history that unfolds through the ages. Constructed in the mid-19th century as a strategic defense fortification, Mamula Fortress was named after Austro-Hungarian General Lazar Mamula, who played a pivotal role in its establishment.

Today, Mamula Island stands as a protected cultural and historical monument, meticulously restored to its original splendor in collaboration with local heritage authorities. The island's striking architecture and walls now again symbolize the guardian of the Bay, showcasing the region's rich heritage.

A special place on site belongs to the Historical and Memorial gallery, open to visitors throughout the year. This dedicated space commemorates the fort's 170-year history, spanning from
its establishment through the historical moments into the era of reconstruction.
 
Mamula Island experienced a period during the World War II, when many prisoners from various backgrounds and nationalities endured challenges within its stone walls.


The historical documentation sourced from the State Archives of Montenegro, Trieste, Rome, and beyond sheds light on this period. The island witnessed countless stories of bravery, resistance, and survival.
 
A respectful memorial plaque at the fortress entrance honours the past and invites reflection. It stands as a testament to the historical significance of Mamula Island and serves as an invitation for future generations to engage with its story with thoughtfulness and respect for the resilience displayed through the ages.

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The curation of the Historical and Memorial Gallery is entrusted to a commission of experts from  architecture and conservation, tourism and fortification systems, as well as veterans, relatives of those formerly imprisoned and residents of Herceg Novi.

The revitalization of Mamula Island has been carried out with utmost care and respect for the environment, preserving its authentic ambiance and unparalleled natural beauty. Today, the island offers a truly unforgettable experience where the past and the future intertwine, inviting visitors to explore its captivating history and embrace the spirit of this remarkable place.

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