Budva


Budva is mentioned for the first time in the 5th century BC, in the work of Sophocles. A legend has been preserved from the Illyrian period of Budva being founded by the Phoenician hero Kadmo who, exiled from Thebes, found shelter in Budva and settled there with her wife Harmony. More than one civilization has left traces of its existence in these parts. At the time of Roman domination, Budva user to have an urban character. From the early Christian, Slav period, the remnants of a basilica with mosaics from the end of 5th and the beginning of the 6th century were discovered. In the 9th century, the town was the seat of a bishopic of the state of Duklja. The church of Santa Maria in Punta dates back to those times (840). During its history, Budva was under the rule of Byzantine Empire, the rulers of Duklja, the Nemanjics and, later, of the Balšics and Crnojevics. From 1442 to 1797, Budva was a part of the Venetian Republic and, since then, short interruptions, it was part of Austria, until 1918, when it became a part of Montenegro.
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Montenegro Branislav Strugar

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