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Visit Dubrovnik

The moment that you catch a glimpse of Dubrovnik from the sky, you know that your visit to this city is going to be a magnificent experience.

According to legend, the city was founded on the need for refugees from a nearby city to have a safe place to live. Recent studies believe that that the city was actually founded by the Greek before the Common Era, but no matter what you believe, there is no denying that the walled city and its surrounding community will take your breath away.

Even more popular now because of the Game of Thrones series, this Mediterranean getaway is calling out for you to visit it.

Dubrovnik is the ideal destination for a romantic break for two, with long sweeping beaches that vary from bustling bays to deserted coves. Whether you wish to try some water sports together or find a peaceful spot where you can lap up the privacy, you will find it along this fantastic coastline.

For many, a holiday to the Dubrovnik Riviera is all about spending time lazing on the sands together, enjoying some relaxation under the sun and swimming in the sea. This is a great starting point for exploring the area, with plenty of boat trips offered, or you can see some unique sights underwater, with a snorkelling or scuba diving excursion.

There are plenty of romantic settings where you can enjoy a candlelit meal for two along the coast, beachside taverns and bistros with views across the sea as you dine. If you want to experience the cultural side of the area, Dubrovnik city has some superb cultural events.

Sights in Dubrovnik

To explore the Old Town you can follow the city walls, walking along the top and seeing some marvellous views. You can visit the beautiful Gothic Renaissance structure of the Rector’s Palace, or head to the stunning Franciscan monastery, the Mala Braca.

City walls

It is not often that you can find massive protective stone walls that are in as great of condition as the Walls of Dubrovnik are. Initially built in the 7th century to coordinate with the city’s founding, the fortifications were added to throughout the centuries with a massive addition included during the Middle Ages. It is one of the few defensive structures that were never breached by an invading army during this time period. Today many of these walls can be toured in the old portion of the city.

As you explore the walls, you’ll notice that the views of the city and the surrounding areas and seascapes are just spectacular. For the best view, make your way along the walls until you reach the sights at Minčeta Tower. From there, you can see the remnants of the surrounding moat and cannons that fortified this “sophisticated” bastion of commerce.

Stradun

As you make your way down from the walls, you’ll want to enjoy the beauty and simplicity of Stradun Street, which is the primary avenue that runs through Old Town. Don’t worry – it’s a pedestrian street, so there aren’t any vehicles to worry about as your footsteps echo off of the limestone pavement. Many of the historic buildings of this city that you’ll want to view come right up to this street that stretches for 300 meters.

Onofrijeva fontana

Onofrio’s Fountain is a large polygonal fountain with 16 stone-carved maskerons out of which the water runs. There is another small fountain at the other end of Placa. The fountains were built for public use on the occasion of the completion of the city water supply in 1438, when the spring water was brought from Rijeka Dubrovačka. The cupola of the monumental Onofrios Fountain was damaged in the earthquake of 1667.

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Franjevački samostan

The old Franciscan Monastery is a fine gothic cloister abounding with valuable works of art. First a monestery, a library was additionally built in the 17th century. After the earthquake which had taken place on 6 April 1667, the church was restored in the Baroque style. It is one of the largest and most grandiose Franciscan monasteries with two cloisters: the upper and the lower cloister. The cloister, constructed in the first half of the 13th century is considered one of the finest Romanesque-Gothic buildings in Croatia.

The monastery houses the inventory of the old Friars Minor Pharmacy from 1317, the well-preserved pharmacy furniture from the 16th century and the 15th and 16th century vases from Siena and Florence. Other exhibits include various presses, mortars, a 14th century still, manuscripts of recipes, precise scales and quarts. In the Museum library there are valuable copies of manuscripts and chorales as well as valuable paintings.

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Tvrđava Lovrijenac

Fort Lovrijenac was constructed as a detached fortress to repel attackers from both land and sea. The original fort dates back to 1301. The fortress was so impenetrable that it could be held by a 25 man garrison. Fort Lovrijenac is a popular attraction in Dubrovnik with cultural events, from the world series of cliff diving to local productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Fort Lovrijenac is also backdrop in some of the most memorable scenes from the “Game of Thrones” series.

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Palača Sponza

Sponza Palace, built in 1522, is one of the most beautiful palaces in the City, which has preserved its original form. In the time of the Republic this palace was the custom office and bonded warehouse. It is a large rectangular building with an inner courtyard, the building is a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles, which was typical for buildings in the Dubrovnik Republic. The Sponza Palace was not damaged in the earthquake of 1667 and affairs of state could continue.

An interesting inscription can be seen on the arch: FALLERE NOSTRA VETANT – ET FALLI PONDERA – MEQUE PONDERO CVM MERCES – PONDERAT IPSE DEVS (Our weights do not permit cheating or being cheated. When I measure the commodities the Lord measures with me.)

Today the Sponza Palace is the archive of Dubrovnik and it is also an important part during the special opening ceremony of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Actors inpersonating the Rector and the members of the Council Minor sit on the upper porch of the Sponza palace and greet the actors that have come to the City to entertain and amuse the public with their music shows and theatre plays. After many skill demonstrations by the actors and a long discussion from the side of the council, the ceremony always ends as the Rector grants the actors free access to the City and gives them the keys of the City in order for them to put up their shows and entertain the public.

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Orlandov stup

On Luza square stands a stone column carved in the form of Orlando, an ancient knight, In the 9th century Orlando and his fleet saved Dubrovnik from a 15 month long siege and the grateful citizens erected this column. At least this is the legend and it is a nice legend 🙂 Actually Orlando, called Roland in other parts of Europe, was a symbol of a city under protection of the Hungarian-Croatian King. For example you can see similar statues in cities of the Hanseatic League symbolizing their alliance with the Hungarian-Croatian kingdom.

Public proclamations were usually made from the top of the column and the public punishments were executed in front of the column, which is not a legend but a not so nice nice fact 🙁 .

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Gradski zvonik

The original City Bell Tower was built in 1444, The two bronze statues, Zelenci (the Green ones) was added later. The bell from 1509 is still in use today. After the earthquake in 1667, the tower started leaning and in 1929 it was deemed to be unsafe. It was demolished and replaced by the existing Bell Tower built according to the same design.

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Gradska vrata od Pila

The Pile Gate is the main entrance to Dubrovnik old town and it is known from the “Game of Thrones”. The first stone bridge was build at the place in 1397. In 1471 a new bridge with three arches was built and in 1537 the the gate had been build in the shape as it have today with a movable wooden gate bridge.

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Gradska vrata od Ploča

Ploce Gate are built in Romanesque style, the main arch shows the head of patron of Dubrovnik, St. Blaise, carved in stone. Next to the old gate, there is new larger gate, opened during the period of Austrian occupation in the end of 19th century. The Outer Ploce gate are built in 1450.

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Dominikanski samostan

Dominican monastery lies the eastern part of The City and it is one of the most important architectural parts of Dubrovnik. The Dominicans established the monastery in 1225 but the building of the monastery and the church was completed in the 14th century. The church is a simple Gothic architectural design where the high rising outer walls of the church are bare, without any ornaments. The portal on the southern side contains certain Romanesque characteristics as it was added in 1419. The interior of the church is richly decorated, the most notable piece is the large golden Crucifix in the central arch above the main altar, a work from the 14th century.

The beautiful porches of the cloister were built between 1456 and 1483. In the middle of the courtyard is a richly decorated stone well crown and the courtyard of the monastery is a like a green oasis. In the east part of monastery complex are the main hall where the monastery community used to hold their meetings. To enter the hall from the cloister you pass through the Gothic stylised doors. The back room contains the Renaissance sarcophagus of the bishop of Ston while in the front are the graves of noble Dubrovnik families. The building of the bell-towers started in the 16th century but they were only finished in the 18th century.

Museum of the Dominican monastery has an art and artifacts collection which is very rich with some of the best paintings of Dubrovnik art school of the 15th and 16th centuries. A large collection of jewellery is also very interesting whether you like gold, silver or coral jewellery.

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Dubrovačka sinagoga

The first mention of Jews in Dubrovnik dates to the late 13th century and a ruling of the Dubrovnik Senate from 1407 allowed Jews to settle in Dubrovnik. After 1492 when Jews were expelled from Spain many jews came to Dubrovnik where many escaped Spain on Dubrovnik ships as they visited Spain frequently. In 1496 the Jews were expelled from Portugal and even more came to Dubrovnik. In 1538 the government allowed some Jews to settle within the city walls and the Synagogue in Dubrovnik dates to this period. Throughout centuries the habitation of Jews in the Dubrovnik Republic was, in comparison with other cities, quite good.

The old Sephardi Synagogue lies in the street called “Žudioska ulica” (Jewish Street). The synagogue is located in a three-storied baroque stone building with high windows, ogee-arched at the second level and an unchanged stone facade. The Dubrovnik synagogue is the second oldest synagogue in Europe, second only to the old synagogue in Prague and it is the worlds oldest Sephardic synagogue still in use. The most important work of art in the Synagogue is a 13th century Moorish carpet brought from Spain during the expulsion. Legend claims that it was a gift from Queen Isabella to her Jewish doctor when he was forced to leave Spain. The Torah which is from the 13th or 14th century was also brought from Spain after the expulsion.

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Museums in Dubrovnik

Knežev dvor

In addition to serving as the home to the Rector of the Republic during his term of office, the Rector’s Palace was also a meeting place for the city’s administration, an armory and a prison. The original medieval palace has been rebuilt several times over the centuries.

Today it is the Cultural History Museum and the Rector’s Palace has been decorated with furnishings to recreate the styles of the original rooms.

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Riznica Katedrale

Dubrovniks baroque Cathedral was built in the 18th century on the foundations of the Romanesque Cathedral from the 12th century, which was destroyed in the great earthquake of 1667. The construction of the Romanesque Cathedral is tied to the legend of King Richard. Legend has it that he was shipwrecked and saved on the island of Lokrum on his return journey from the Third Crusade. In gratitude, he donated a certain sum of money for the completion of the Cathedral.

Inside the cathedral there are 132 relics of saints dating from the 11th to the 19th centuries. The world famous head, arms and leg relics of St. Blaise were crafted by Dubrovnik goldsmiths in the 11th and 12th centuries.

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Pomorski Muzej

The Maritime Museum, in Fort St. John along the city’s walls, shows som very informative exhibits. The Dubrovnik Republic’s navy was among the strongest in the Mediterranean during the 16th century. This tradition of nautical skills that Abraham Lincoln gifted a gold pocket watch to a captain from Dubrovnik as a sign of gratitude for intervening to help a United States vessel. The watch is on display at the museum. The Maritime Museum collection includes about 11,000 objects in 15 collections.

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Dubrovnik’s Museum of Modern Art has a collection of more than 3000 works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries by local artists. The museum spaces was meant to be a villa for one of Dubrovnik’s aristocrats, ship owner Božo Banac. The building is a masterpiece of modern architecture with elements from Dubrovnik architecture.

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War Photo Limited

This museum shows the work of renowned photojournalists from around the world.The permanent collection of photographs features photos from the recent conflicts in the Balkans, with changing exhibits of other photographers who covered other conflicts.

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Red History Museum

The Red History Museum depicts the existence under Communism and lies in the only remaining Socialist-era factory. It is an interactive time capsule where guests are encouraged to snoop around. It is a museum that does not have “Do not touch” signs pasted everywhere.

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Events in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

The annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival is a 45-day-long cultural event with live plays, concerts, and games. It has been awarded a Gold International Trophy for Quality (2007) by the Editorial Office in collaboration with the Trade Leaders Club.

Sveti Vlaho

The patron saint of the city is Sveti Vlaho (Saint Blaise), whose statues are seen around the city. He has an importance similar to that of St. Mark the Evangelist to Venice. February 3 is the feast of Sveti Vlaho (Saint Blaise), who is the city’s patron saint. Every year the city of Dubrovnik celebrates the holiday with Mass, parades, and festivities that last for several days

Excursions from Dubrovnik

Trsteno

Trsteno is a small seaside village known for its rich history. The Trsteno Arboretum was founded in the 15th century with hanging gardens, beautiful monuments, stone pathways and walls right up to the waterfront. Ancient aquaducts still line the area, giving each visitor the chance to enjoy a moment of medieval bliss.

The Arboretum in Trsteno was used as the setting and filming location for the world famous series Game of Thrones. The main characters weave their plot and exchange secrets in King’s Landing in these wonderful surroundings. The garden was the setting of Red Keep, where Lady Olenna Tyrell discuss Sandra’s insecure with Lord Varys.

To get to Trsteno, catch local bus 12, 15, 21, 22 or 35 from Dubrovnik’s bus station

Mljet

Mljet is the largest island in the Dubrovnik archipelago and part of a national park. The main port here is Sobra and there are some outstanding beaches located around the isle’s coast.

Korcula

Korcula is the perfect place for a tranquil getaway. Boasting secluded coves, olive groves, vineyards and natural harbours, it’s ideal if you want to combine a seaside escape with a spot of traditional Croatian culture.

Dubrovnik, history

Dubrovnik , also lovingly named “pearl of the Adriatic”, is an old city on the Dalmatian coast in the extreme south of Croatia. From the 13th century onwards, Dubrovnik has been an important Mediterranean sea power. In 1667 the city was severely damaged by an earthquake, but it managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains.

It was an independent, merchant republic for 700 years, abolished by Napoleon in 1806, it traded with Turkey and India in the East and had trade representatives in Cape Verde Islands. The city’s wealth was based on maritime trade; in the Middle Ages, it became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. In 1815 Dubrovnik was annexed to Austria, and remained in the Kingdom of Dalmatia until 1918. Then it became part of Yugoslavia from 1929 onwards. From April 1941 until September 1943, Dubrovnik was occupied by the Italian army and after that by the Germans.

Despite the 1970s demilitarization of the old town by in an attempt to prevent it from becoming a casualty of war, Following Croatia’s independence in 1991, the Yugoslav People’s Army attacked and surrounded the city on October 1, 1991 and the siege lasted until May 1992. The heaviest artillery attack happened on December 6 with 19 people killed and 60 wounded. Total casualty in the conflict in this area were 114 killed civilians, among them the celebrated poet Milan Milisic . Following the end of the war, a major rebuilding project led by the Croatian authorities and UNESCO began.

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