Kanli Kula

Overlooking the entire Herceg Novi bay, with a view stretching as far as the human eye can see, dominating the entire region of Herceg Novi is fort Kanli Kula.

Kanli Kula is a medieval fortress in Herceg Novi. Its stunning view, overlooking the Kotor bay, makes it one of the most notable sites to visit in Herceg Novi.

The name Kanli Kula is of Turkish origin, and it means a bloody tower.
Situated in the north part of the old town in Herceg Novi, it has a superb strategic position. In its time, it used to be a complex fortification system. It guarded the entrance of the Kotor bay as well as the town beneath.

Today the fortress serves as a summer stage, and viewpoint offering a magnificent view. The main entrance is on the north side of the fort.
Inside the fort, there are many preserved objects. The most interesting was a completely preserved cistern for water, in the western part of the fort.

History of Kanli Kula

Written documents mention Kanli Kula for the first time in the 17th century A.D. It is challenging to determine the precise date of its origin, since it sustained significant damage, and change over time. The first to mention Kanli Kula was the Turkish traveler Evlija Celebi in the mid 17th century. The position of the fortification is perfect. It elevates 85 meters above sea level. Which provides a great view of the bay and surroundings.

The dimensions of the structure are an impressive 70 by 60 meters, with walls exceeding 20 meters in height in some places. The well preserved outer walls show different construction styles. The lower and South-Eastern sections are from the period of the early use of guns, while the Turks gave it the final shape. The Venetians did substantial repairs due to significant damage made in war with the Turks.

Get Updates & More

Thoughtful thoughts to your inbox