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Fašinada is an ancient custom that sees a string of boats from Perast sail in procession to the tiny island of Gospa od Škrpjela, or "Our Lady of the Rocks", which sits in the waters of the Bay of Kotor. Garlanded with flowers and laden down with rocks,the vessels make their way towards the island's picturesque, blue-domed church. When they arrive, the townsfolk toss rocks into the waters just off the shore of the island. They then process into the church to hear a mass of thanksgiving, before everyone returns to the mainland for more music, dancing and celebration.

The legend goes that, once upon a time, sailors from Perast found a picture of the Virgin Mary and the Christ-child here in 1452. There after, the townsfolk vowed that every time a ship returned safely from the voyage, a new rock would be dropped on the site. Over time, their efforts created this tiny island with a remarkable 3030 sqm surface, and a beautiful church was erected in honour of the ocassion.

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