Smecchia is an aristocratic family of Serbo-Croatian origins. The vernacular is SmeÄ‡a or Smekja. Petar Smekja brought about the economic prosperity of the family, following his famous merchant undertaking when he established a trading route between Venice and the Baltic countries in his ship â€œLeon Koronatoâ€ in 1746. In 1748, he became a â€œKonteâ€ (Count), while in 1779 the family acquired the status of Kotor nobility. A branch of the Smecchia family was notable in Perast, Boka Kotorska, Venetian Republic (today Montenegro). The Smekja palace is the biggest of all palaces in Perast. The three-story edifice with belvedere was entirely built of stone brought from the island of Korcula. A terraced porch stretches along the whole length of the first floor, while the second and third floors are decorated with balustraded balconies. Above the entrance is the coat-of-arms of the casada Cizmaj â€“ two crossed branches with five feathers on each one. The earliest mention of the Smecchia family in Boka Kotorska is in a 1325 document. ÐÐ½Ð¸Ñ‚Ð° ÐœÐ°Ð¶Ð¸Ð±Ñ€Ð°Ð´Ð¸Ñ›: Ð¡Ñ‚Ð°Ñ€Ð° Ð¿Ð¾Ñ€Ð¾Ð´Ð¸Ñ†Ð° Ð¡Ð¼ÐµÐºÑ˜Ð° Ð¸Ð· ÐŸÐµÑ€Ð°ÑÑ‚Ð° Ð¸ ÑšÐµÐ½Ð¸ Ð¿Ð¾ÑÑ˜ÐµÐ´Ð¸, p. 185 The Perast manuscript was discovered in the house of the Smecchia family in Perast.