Old Town Dubrovnik, Part 2: Historic Center

Dubrovnik’s Old Town is one of the world’s finest and most perfectly preserved medieval cities. Built with huge sturdy stone walls between the 11th and 17th centuries, this former city-state (initially known as The Republic of Ragusa) rivalled Venice as a trading port for centuries. Today, these city walls, which still enclose Dubrovnik’s Historic Center, allow tourists to walk along them. They also offer the best views of the city, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic” for a reason, as well as the mountains, sea, and surrounding off-shore islands.

Dubrovnik’s numerous monasteries, palaces, Baroque churches, Renaissance fountains, steep cobbled streets, wide marble squares, and building facades have all remained remarkably preserved for centuries. Fortunately, meticulous reconstruction was carried out twice in order to return the city to its former splendor — first, after an earthquake in 1667 and again after an attack during the Yugoslavian Civil War of the early 1990s, earning it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The most well-known Old Town attractions (to be covered in more detail later) include:

  • The City Walls: These are also dotted with several watchtowers, namely: Lovrjenac, Bokar, Minceta, Revelin, and Sveti Ivan, as well as the Bell Tower, whose clock face shows the phases of the moon. They are amongst the greatest fortification systems of the entire Middle Ages, having never been breached by a hostile army.
  • The Stradun: Also known as the Placa, this main 300-metre-long limestone-paved pedestrian street is lined with numerous shops, restaurants, churches, monasteries, palaces, fountains, and monuments.
  • Palaces: The Rector’s Palace (aka Knežev Dvor) and The Sponza Palace (aka Divona)
  • Churches: The Church of St. Blaise, The Saint Saviour Church, and Dubrovnik Cathedral.
  • Monasteries: The Dominican Monastery and The Franciscan Monastery (including The Cloister, The Pharmacy, and the Monastery Museum).
  • Monuments: Orlando’s Column, The Onofrio Fountains, and the Jesuit Stairs.
  • Squares: Luža Square, and Gundulic Square.

  • Visited: Nov 2018
  • UNESCO: 1979

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