Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

One of the most-visited cities on the Adriatic, with monumental city-walls 1,940 metres long and 25 metres high, located at the foot of Srđ Mountain, Dubrovnik was inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1979. Dubrovnik is famous for its Stradun, the principal and oldest street in the town. Here, where historical personalities once walked, today now walk royalty, famous actors, singers, athletes and many others. Why not join them?

 

The Minčeta fortified tower is older than this street and is one of the most enduring symbols of the city and its freedom, as well as one of the world’s most beautiful fortifications.

 

Likewise, there is the Bokar Fort, which once defended the main gate of the city. Today it is one of the venues for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. At this event, the ‘Orlando’ award is given out. This award is named after yet another symbol of the city: the stone pillar carved with a medieval warrior with sword and shield. This monument was erected to the legendary hero Orlando (Roland) by Dubrovnik citizens in grateful memory of his contribution towards the defence of the city against Arab pirates.

Luka Esenko

Every year, the opening ceremony of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival takes place in front the Orlando statue and it includes the raising of the ‘Libertas’ flag, which is styled after that of the historical Dubrovnik Republic. All these symbols stand as monuments to the love of freedom enjoyed by Dubrovnik, and which also found expression in the poetry of the baroque poet Ivan Gundulić.

Opposite Orlando is the Sponza Palace, which was once a very lively trading place and the cultural centre of the Republic.

Dating from the period of the Dubrovnik Republic, the Franciscan monastery still maintains its pharmacy in operation. It was founded in 1317, the same year as the monastery, which makes it one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe. In the Dominican Monastery, go and see the works of the painters of the Dubrovnik school from the 15th and 16th centuries along with works by the great Titian, and in the Cathedral, see the silver and golden reliquaries fashioned by Dubrovnik master-goldsmiths from the 11th to the 19th centuries.

 

Stop at the Great Onofrio Fountain, visit the Rector’s Palace, and do not miss the walk along the tops of the city walls.

 

In the Maritime Museum get to know the centuries-old maritime traditions of the Dubrovnik Republic and find out more information about some famous sailors, the mathematician Getaldić and the physicist Ruđer Bošković. Climb up the Lovijenac Fort, which doubles up as one of the most beautiful stage-sets for the play ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare.

Daniel Pavlinović

You might also try climbing up Srđ Mount, which, although somewhat physically challenging, will enable you to enjoy sweeping views over beautiful Dubrovnik and its gorgeous surroundings.