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Story of ''The Three Sisters''  from Prcanj
"Le Tre Sorelle" da Perzagno

Palace of "Tre Sorelle" in Prcanj, Montenegro

The 15th century Gothic palace is related to the Story of the Three Sisters. A very reach nobleman from Kotor decided to build a palace for his three daughters, Filomena, Graciana and Rina. By an odd twist of fate, they fell in love with the same man, who was a sailor. He requited Rina’s affections promising her everlasting love.


This caused the envy and jealousy of other two sisters. Feeling their pain, Rina gave a unique example of generosity, sacrificing the strongest feeling of her heart. She suggested that they should retreat into the silence of their home because of the untried love. The prayer will be the food for their soul and the sweet hope that they would be with their sweetheart in another life, where their prayers, their pain and suffering would end and their love will be reciprocated. When the unfortunate young man heard of their decision, he went out to sea, but he occasionally came in front of the palace, which had already been dubbed “the prison of love” in the entire region. Having lost all hope because the vow was stronger than passion, he went out to the sea and he never returned. The years were passing by, but the three sisters never gave up hope of his return. They would spend their days standing by the three windows, waiting to see his ship.


Then old age came and death knocked on their door. When the first sister died, the other two sisters sealed her window up; there was no need for it anymore. The same happened when the second sister died. However, after the death of the third sister, her window remained open because there was no one left to seal it up.

The story of the Three Sisters has been present in the collective memory of the native people for the last 500 years, and has been inscribed as the intangible heritage of Montenegro


Kusevic, B. (2017). Story of "Le Tre Sorelle" from Prcanj. ‘‘The Archive of Landscapes”. [date].


Author unknown/source - internet


David Rumsey Historical Map Collection | The Collection; (1693) Disegno Topografico del Canale di Cattaro, Montenegro; Coronelli, Vincenzo (1650-1718).

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