Ulcinj Old Town

Old Town

Old Town
OVERVIEW

Many conquerors tried to conquer Ulcinj, and many civilizations during the history leaved traces of their period, which made Ulcinj a real mix of civilizations’ treasure like: Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Slavs, and in the end Turks. Ulcinj was a host of many famous and great people of their time and legends from history. During the time of Ulcinj golden period, when Ulcinj's pirates where ruling on the waters of Adriatic and Mediterranean sea and when Ulcinj's float was the third largest in Adriatic, here was kept as a slave, famous Spanish and one of the world greatest writers Miguel de Cervantes. The book Don Kihot, by the legend was written based on inspiration and experience which Cervantes had during his time at the prison in Ulcinj. At that time Ulcinj was called "Dulcino". The main personality of the book "Don Kihot" was a girl named "Dulcinea", which in free translation would mean girl from Dulcino - Ulcinj. Miguel de Cervantes was sold back to his family after five years spent in prison. Sabbatai Zevi is also another world wide known person, especially in the Jewish nation. A well-known Talmud reformer (Talmud - Jewish Holly Book). He was born in Izmir (Turkey) and after he found really hard to live there he had moved to Ulcinj. Since Ulcinj was under the rule of Ottoman empire at that time, he came to Ulcinj “covered” under the name Mehmet Pasha Efendija, and he even died with that name. His real name was not known for a long time, until the scientists started with collecting the facts. Now Sabbatai Zevi is Ulcinj's proud citizen for eternity. Nowadays Ulcinj's Old town is a great attraction for many tourists who are coming to visit Montenegro and it's famous southeast city Ulcinj. The Old Town is in the process of joining to the UNESCO’s list of world historical and cultural heritage of the great value.