There are three different opinions for the theory about origin of the name Tivat. According the first, the name Tivat is derived from the name of the Illyrian Queen Teuta, who at one time had her capital in Risan, perhaps the summer houses near the present site of Tivat. According to another opinion, the name could be derived from the names of Christian saints, such as sanctus Theodorus, Theodosius, Theodotus, Theodulus or medieval (XII c.) Theudo, Theodore. The third opinion is set out very briefly and without much explanation. According to this opinion, the name comes from the Celtic word “touto” meaning city.
In the history of Boka Kotorska clearly distinguish the following periods: Illyrian, Roman, Byzantine, Serbian, Turkish and Venetian-Austrian. Bay of Tivat coast has gone through all these periods and the evidences are many archaeological findings and the existing monuments of ancient architecture and written historical sources.
For the Illyrian period which ended in 168-7. BC with the collapse of Illyrian state we have a small number of archaeological finds. The Roman period is much richer. According to some older literature, in the area Boboviste (Kalardovo today) there was an ancient city. It was thought to be also the site of the old Akruvijum (Acruvium). Such opinions still exist, but are not always linked to Bobovište but also for other sites in the near or distant vicinity of Tivat.
The period of Serbian rule begins at the end of 1185 in Kotor. From then until 1370, Kotor and its District are located within the Serbian medieval state of Nemanjići. In the XIII c. in Prevlaka near Tivat, Sv. Sava, when he joined the founding of the Serbian church, appointed chair of Zeta bishops and the remains of the Benedictine monastery built a monastery dedicated to St.. Archangel Michael.
In 1420 The Venetian Republic took Kotor distriht and peninsula Luštica along with Prevlaka. The period from the arrival of the Venetians until the end of XVIII c. is characterized by frequent conflicts between them and the Turks. Very important turning point in the history of Boka Kotorska was the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797. Then began a long period of nearly twenty years in which were a lot of rule changes in the Bay until finally in 1814 came Austria and stayed there until its collapse in 1918.
Tivat began to develop as a town at the end of XIX c. when he established military seaport Arsenal. Until the construction of Arsenal in Tivat land holdings were mostly in the hands of the feudal aristocracy from Prcanj, Perast, Kotor and Dobrota.
Today the modern city of Tivat is oriented to development of tourism as a prior activity.
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