Dubrovnik Travel Summary

“Dubrovnik – a remarkable city of forts, bastions & terra cotta roofs” is segmented into 3 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Dubrovnik:

  1. An introduction to this wonderful city;
  2. Some Facts & Figures;
  3. A comprehensive lowdown of What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

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1. An introduction to this wonderful city:

With its sublime location overlooking the blue waters of the Adriatic, it is one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities and the City has World Heritage state.  Dubrovnik is situated in strikingly beautiful southern Dalmatia and has the lion’s share of Croatia’s high-end tourist industry.    Dubrovnik boasts a fantastic array of architecture including Baroque buildings, marble streets and some of the most intact castle walls in Europe.

When foreigners think of Dubrovnik they think of the city’s proud, pristine fortifications set against the azure sea.    It also features a cablecar up Mount Srdj overlooking the Old Town and stages the most venerable cultural event in the country, the high brow Dubrovnik Summer Festival.  Be inspired by a walk along the ancient city walls that have protected a civilised sophisticated republic for centuries.   Dubrovnik has bounced back with characteristic vigour from the shelling in 1991 that horrified the world.  Dubrovnik is the most prosperous, elegant and expensive city in Croatia.

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Almost everything worth seeing is centred within the compact Old Town.  To get the best view, and one of a stupendously clear, blue Adriatic lapping the rocks below and stretching way beyond embark on a stroll round the City Walls.  An hour should suffice but it is best to take your time as the views are incredible.  You will likely spend the majority of your time within the 15th-century ring of fortifications in the small square half-mile of gleaming medieval space bisected by 300-metre long Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street.

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2. Facts & Figures:

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3. What to See:

What to See

 

Dubrovnik City Walls

An adventure in Dubrovnik is not complete without a visit to the spectacular city walls. Established in the 13th century, the walls were continuously perfected over several hundreds of years, and even survived the great earthquake in 1667. The view over the old town and the shimmering Adriatic is fantastic. The whole fortification complex consists of 2km long main wall, 3 round, 12 rectangular and 2 corner fortresses and 15 bastions.

A tour of the City Walls, at places up to 25 metres high, is an opportunity to discover the city from above and if you’re like me a photographer’s heaven. One thing that immediately catches the eye when you visit the City walls are the distinctive red roof tiles of the Old Town. As you have a tour of this impressive series of defensive stone walls that consists of forts, bastions, casemates, towers and detached forts, you keep being impressed by the terra cotta colour of the rooftops of this medieval city that was almost completely destroyed in the Great Earthquake in 1667. Known as “Velika trešnja”, this devastating earthquake left more than 5000 people killed, among them the city’s rector Simone Ghetaldi and half of the members of the Great Council. Revelin fortress, Sponza palace, and Lazareti were few buildings that remained intact, as well as City walls.

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Dubrovnik Cathedral

  • A truly beautiful building the Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Dubrovnik
  • Dubrovnik Cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

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Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestration

  • The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestration was founded in 1924 with performances from the greatest local and international artists.

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Ethnographic Museum

  • The Ethnographic Museum is located in the former Dubrovnik’s granary. It exhibits the way grain is stored as well as the traditional economic activities and the rural activities of the Dubrovnik Region.

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Franciscan Monastery

  • One of the largest Franciscan monasteries in Europe and it established a pharmacy in 1317, which still holds well-preserved medieval laboratory gear and medical books.
  • The monastery has a gorgeous cloister, which is ranked among the finest Romanesque-Gothic buildings in Croatia.

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Maritime Museum

  • The Maritime Museum is located with St John’s fortress. The museum items in the chronological order to illustrate the development of Dubrovnik’s maritime history.

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Rector’s Palace

  • The Rector’s palace contains the Dubrovnik Cultural History Museum
  • A fabulous permanent exhibition represents the historical artistic heritage of the Dubrovnik Republic
  • The Rector’s Palace is one of the most significant cultural monuments enlisted as UNESCO’s world heritage site

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Sponza Palace

  • Sponza Palace is a Gothic Renaissance style building. Historically the Palace was a residence for the state offices including bank, treasury, armoury.
  • The palace was more or less undamaged in the severe earthquake in 1667. It is home the State Archives and a Memorial Room of the Dubrovnik defenders.

 

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