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As the legend goes, on the island of Sveti Stefan, which later became cultural and historical centre of Pastrovici, the fortress was built in 1442 and that is when it was first inhabited. The fortress was surrounded by walls to protect the families from nearby villages from Turkish invasion and pirates. The legend says that the settlement was set up after the Turkish siege of the town of Kotor, when Pastrovici tribe decided to help defend the town. Pastrovici and Kotor won the battle over the Turkish army. On their way back, in the vicinity of the Jaz beach and not far from the Old Town Budva, they noticed Turkish galleons, attacked them and captured a large amount of money. The money was used to build the fortress with a house for each of the twelve tribes of Pastrovici. This fortified settlement was named Sveti Stefan, after the church of Sveti Stefan. Thanks to its significant position, Sveti Stefan was commercial and transportation centre of Pastrovici. At the time of the Venetian Republic and trade with Venice, it had great strategic and commercial importance.


There are four small churches on Sveti Stefan Island: Sveti Stefan Church, after which the island was named, situated on the highest part of the island; the Church of Aleksandar Nevski, the Church of the relics of St. Stephen the Archdeacon, and the smallest of them, dedicated to the Transfiguration, which lies right next to the town gates connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus.


Among the celebrities and statesmen who stayed on the island of Sveti Stefan are numerous Soviet Marshals: Timoshenko, Grechko, Kirilenko, Jakubovski, novelists Malro and Moravia, Soviet astronaut led by Gagarin, Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, movie stars and other celebrities such as: Sophia Loren, Marina Valdi, Kirk Douglas, Sergei Bandarchuk, Sylvester Stallone, Carlo Ponti,, Richard Widmark, Klaus Kinski, Jeremy Irons, Monica Vitti, Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer, Leonid Leonov, Sandro Pertini, Willy Brandt, Giulio Andreotti, Helmut Schmidt, Robert McNamara, Claudia Schifferand many more.