Budva Culture

Apart from tourism Budva is a town of culture. Not only because of its extremely valuable heritage but also due to the constant influence and mixing of different cultures from land and sea (Hellenics, Venetians, French, Austro-Hungarians, ), the cultural dimension of Budva always mingles through the social life of the town. Authentic monuments from ancient times even today vividly testify to its cultural heritage: numerous churches, monasteries, fortresses, The most attractive and oldest is the Old Town of Budva (Stari Grad), where the greatest numbers of monuments are located. Apart from the history and culture, its famous inhabitants carried the spirit of Budva through the centuries. Budva gave birth to many celebrities of paintbrush and pen. To mention a few: Todor Vukovic - painter from Maine, 15 th century, and Krsto Ivanovic writer of the chronicle of Budva, 17 th century.

In the 18 th century the well-known count Stjepan Zanovic lived in Budva, enjoying, from early youth, an adventurous, careless and relaxed life-style. Another important inhabitant of Budva was the painter of rich art works, Anastas Bocaric, 17 th century. Educated in Athens, he dealt with sculpture, calligraphy and applied arts. At the same time he taught his brother, Spiro Bocaric, who was educated in Venice. He painted numerous portraits and landscapes. Undoubtedly the most famous man of Budva was a philosopher, writer and statesman who was renown even outside Montenegro, Stefan Mitrov Ljubisa, 19 th century. Even during his lifetime, he was proclaimed to be the best storywriter of that era. He became famous by gathering and documenting national habits and customs and thus saved the national language from oblivion.

Coming to the 20 th century, there are other renowned and famous public and scientific workers. As the most important we should mention the brothers Miroslav and Stevan Luketic. Miroslav Luketic PhD was a famous historian and writer of chronicles. His brother Stevan Luketic was a world famous sculptor. The painters Slobodan Slovinic and Jovan Ivanovic were born and lived in Budva.