City of Dubrovnik, located in the south of Croatia, annually arouses more interest among the tourists. The city is certainly one of the most visited holiday destinations in Mediterranean and there are many reasons why a number of satisfied visitors is constantly growing.
Dubrovnik has a great cultural heritage and many attractions bring us closer to the long and rich history of this magical city. Some of the sites to visit are historical core of the city and Stradun, Rector’s Palace, St Blasius Church who is the patron saint of Dubrovnik, beautiful Sponza Palace which is a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance style, Orlando’s Column and many other interesting sites such as cathedrals, churches and city streets.
When all of the Croatian provinces fell under Austrian, Venetian and Turkish authorities, still, a small part remained free – the Republic of Dubrovnik.
The city of St. Vlaho was surrounded by thick and strong ramparts that exist to this day. And in the city there truly was life; Dubrovnik’s bankers, merchants, diplomats, and goldsmiths were famous throughout the world at the time.
Dubrovnik was one of the most developed states of its time and was far ahead of its time.
The oldest sewerage system in the world, which is still in use, is the sewerage system in the city itself.
In 1317 the first pharmacy was opened in Dubrovnik. The most interesting thing in all this is that this pharmacy still exists today, for exactly 700 years.
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Cities to discover
Ston, Neum (Montenegro), Međugorje (Bosnia &Herzegovina)
Islands to explore
Elefiti Islands, Mljet, Korčula, Hvar, Brač, Pelješac peninsula
Walking along the top of The Old City Walls medieval peace of heritage is a highlight of any stay in Dubrovnik. The walls encircle the entire Old Town quarter and take at least an hour to explore. Most of the walls were constructed during the 13th century but have been reinforced over the years to withstand repeated attacks.
The busiest entrance to Dubrovnik’s walled Old Town is Pile Gate, which is actually two gates in one. Built in 1537, the outer gate features an arch built into a semi-circular fortification.
The original medieval Rector’s Palace has been rebuilt several times over the centuries. The palace is notable in that it manages to blend Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements into a unified whole. Now it is home to the Cultural History Museum.
The best way to enjoy a panoramic view of Dubrovnik’s ancient city is by gliding to the top of Mount Srđ on an ultramodern Dubrovnik Cable Car. Located just outside the city walls, the cable car station offers visitors a quick, easy and scenic mode of transport to the peak of the rugged little mountain.
Situated on a towering rock overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Fort Lovrijenac was constructed as a detached fortress to repel attackers from both land and sea. The original structure dates back to at least 1301. Its triangle shape and staggered terraces were built to accommodate the shape of the rock.