Zanatska Ulica (Craft Street) in Old Town Kotor, under the hill of San Giovanni, is one of the oldest streets in #Kotor, quite certainly from the time of the reign of Rome in this region. It was the only coastal connection between #Budva and #Dubrovnik, which is confirmed by the findings of stone plastics from that period that were discovered during the archaeological excavations in the street. Zanatska Ulica was the main street for business and trade between the city and the rest of the country. The craftsmen presented their goods and communicated with the street, and often on the doorsteps or stone doorposts they carved the symbols of their crafts. All that was needed for life at that time was made and sold in shops in that street: food, clothes, shoes, blades, skin. There were also jewelry shops, blacksmiths, painters, and many other workshops, as well as pharmacies.
The remains of the earliest architectural styles have been preserved in this street, since this part of the city was, in seismic terms, the most stable, so that the city developed from the hill towards the sea. Several residential buildings from the Romanesque and Gothic period are preserved. The importance of this street is also indicated by the fact that there were 15 churches and 3 monasteries along it, 6 of which have been preserved to date. There still remain several important palaces, a powerful structure of the former Austrian prison, Venetian hospital, which today has been turned into a Cultural Center, as well as military barracks near the bastion Gurdić.