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Fortress Sveti Stefan achieved a grand rise in the first half of XIX century when it counted 100 houses, three churches and 400 inhabitants on its small space limited by the sea and the walls. There was more space for more.

At the beginning of XX century it suddenly lost its economic power and political importance. The inhabitants left it. The best men went to war and many more emigrated to America. In 1912 there were 150 inhabitants, and in 1954 only 20. A group of smart architects and artists began adaptation of abounded houses in 1954 with help of the communist power who removed the left 20 inhabitants to the land, and as early as 1957 they turned them into an unique town-hotel-the most attractive and the most luxurious hotel complex at the Adriatic and the Mediterranean, intended for tourism of the highest level. Adaptation was done expertly and heated so the buildings form outside look exactly as they were before, while the inside spaces were richly decorated and turned into luxurious apartments.

Sveti Stefan, in the 1970's was popular among celebrities and among its guests were Marilyn Monroe, Willy Brandt, Bobby Fisher, Boris Spassky, Sophia Loren, and Carlo Ponti, Monica Vitti, Ingemar Stenmark, Kirk Douglas, Jonathan Miller and Claudia Schiffer.

It remained the most exclusive resort on the Montenegro's coast until the 1990's when it fell into decline during the breakup of the former Yugoslav Federation.

In early 2007, Amanresorts, a Singapore based luxury resort operator won a contract to lease Sveti Stefan, for 30 years period. The island is now closed to non-resort guests.

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