View towards the bakery¹
On the ground floor of this building before the First World War, there was a bakery that was the second largest in the Balkans. It delivered several tons of bread a day for the needs of the army in Boka. Production at that time was extremely advanced, automated and steam-powered. Raw materials were coming by ship from Trieste to the port of Risan and from there transported daily in both directions. Flour, yeast and salt went to Crkvice, while ready-made, freshly baked loaves of bread went to Boka. 
  • Bakery in Crkvice 1
  • Bakery in Crkvice 2
  • Bakery in Crkvice 3
The military camp of Crkvice was a world unto itself, isolated in a karst backwater, with an unpleasant climate in winter, separated from the rest of the colorful world from the coast. If you thought this was a boring place, filled with impersonal military barracks, military routine and blue uniforms, it was not like that.  
After the end of their regular duties, the recruits in this town liked to gather in the afternoon at the training ground or to play football, on the meadow in front of the stables. Often very good football matches happened and then Crkvice would resound with the shouts of thousands of fans from the stands, which could be heard even to the nearby fortresses Kom and Stražnik. 
The young officers gathered on the tennis courts, which were opposite the officers’ club. Matches were most often celebrated there, with a glass of a good drink. 
  • Tea time²
  • Officers’ club at the defensive barracks¹
Suggestion to drivers! 
In the summer, people also went to the bowling alleys, a place for socializing with coffee, tea and the famous Viennese cakes, which officers’ ladies brought from Risan freshly prepared. Officers rested with newspaper that had just arrived from Vienna, commenting on the latest political or military topics, while the ladies were having conversations about fashion or running a household.
When parties or cultural events were organized in the big hall above the bakery, the cold winter nights in Crkvice were special. Then the officers, in ceremonial blue uniforms, came hand in hand with their wives, dressed in dresses adorned with the lace from Perast. With special excitement, they went to the performances of traveling theater troupes of comedians or to watch moving pictures, the new European fashion – movie. On such nights, if it started to snow over the town or the sky shone with millions of stars, everything got the appearance of magic and winter idyll.  
  • Traveling theater troupe on tour, recorded in Njeguši²
  • New Year’s celebration²
  • Soldiers leave the cinema play in Crkvice, bakery building¹
The stories are a reconstruction of time, based on old photographs and historical sources.
¹ Source: Radojica Pavićević
² Source: Volker Pachauer
³ Source: Österreichisches Staatsarchiv
4 Source: Österreichische Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung

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