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Dubrovnik

Stories and Photos from out travels to one of the the most beautiful walled city in the world.

Destination 》EuropeCentral and Eastern Europe  》Croatia

Year Visited: 2018 – October

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After five days in Montenegro, we continued our backpacking through the Balkans journey and arrived in Dubrovnik, the most beautiful fortified town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Croatia.

Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities, overlooking the calm turquoise blue Adriatic. The pedestrian-only Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century, packed with aristocratic palazzi and elegant Baroque churches, contained within sturdy medieval fortifications, is protected under UNESCO world heritage since 1979.

Once the capital of the mighty sea-faring Republic of Ragusa (1358-1808), it’s now Croatia’s most upmarket destination, thanks to HBO show, Game of Thrones. This was the most expensive place to visit in the Balkans, for example, just to use a public restroom will cost you an Euro. Walking on the old city wall (less than 2KM) will cost you 30 Euro, compare that to 20 Euro for visiting all attraction in Athens, Greece.

Pictures below are from our few days of wandering around Dubrovnik’s old town.

Picturesque Old town of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
Welcome to Dubrovnik! A Beautiful Manhole Cover.
The Old town and Stradun, the Town’s main promenade, a view from the Bell Tower.
Stradun (officially ‘Placa’), the main street in Dubrovnik Old Town. The street is completely pedestrianized for almost 50 years and acts as the main local promenade. As Stradun is closed to traffic, making it accessible to pedestrians only, both sides of the street are stuffed full of cafes, shops and restaurants.
Church of Saint Blaise, also known as Crkva Svetog Vlaha, a Baroque church built between 1706 and 1714 on the site of a 14th-century Romanesque church damaged in the 1667 earthquake. Saint Blaise, identified by medieval Slavs with the pagan god Veles, is the patron saint of the city of Dubrovnik and formerly the protector of the independent Republic of Ragusa.
Roland’s column, also referred to as Orlando’s column, a stone column right in front of Saint Blaise Church. The column is carved in shape of a knight and holds a small platform from where public announcements were once made to the citizens who gathered in the square.
Rector’s Palace; Built in the late 15th century for the elected rector who governed Dubrovnik, this Gothic-Renaissance palace contains the rector’s office and private chambers, public halls, administrative offices and a dungeon.
Rector’s palace porch and vaulted arcade with Renaissance styled individualized column capitals.
The Spanish stairs by Saint Ignatius Church, also known as Jesuit Steps – Location for Walk of Shame, One of the most famous scenes from Game of Thrones.
Jesuit church of St Ignatius, part of a fine complex on an elevated square close to the southern edge of the Old Town, is approached via a romantic baroque staircase which is modeled after the Spanish Steps in Rome (1738). The church itself was built between 1667 and 1725.
A small lion head fountain at Gundulic square
Beautiful Little Onofrio Fountain, built between 1440 to 1442 still in working condition.
Statues of city patron Saint Blaise are found on top of every city gates.
City Walls of the old town of Dubrovnik.
St. John Fortress prevented enemy ships from accessing the City Harbor.
St. Lawrence Fortress (Croatian: Lovrijenac), often called Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar, is located outside the western city walls, 37 metres (121 ft) above sea level. Lovrijenac was defended with 10 large cannons, the walls exposed to enemy fire are almost 12 meters (39 feet) thick.
St. Lawrence Fortress (Croatian: Lovrijenac), has 3 terraces with powerful parapets with the broadest one looking south towards the sea. Lovrijenac was defended with 10 large cannons, the walls exposed to enemy fire are almost 12 meters (39 feet) thick.
Main entrance of the old town, thousands of tourists visit this UNESCO World Heritage Walled city everyday.
The flag of Dubrovnik City flying high on the old city wall.
View from the Old City wall of Dubrovnik
Roof of the Dominicans monastery completed in the 14th century.
Narrow lanes and Pale yellow and light red roofing tiles of the Old Town.
View from the Old City wall of Dubrovnik.
View from one of many windows of the old city wall.
View from one of many windows of the old city wall.
View from one of many windows of the old city wall.
The Minčeta Tower was built at the height of the Turkish threat. It is the most prominent point in the defensive system towards the land. The full six-meter (20 feet) thick walls of the Minčeta tower had a series of protected gun ports. The tower was completed in 1464 and became the symbol of the unconquerable city of Dubrovnik.
A coffee Shop on the old city wall, commanding the most magnificent view.
View of the fortified old town of Dubrovnik.
Romantic restaurants in the old town of Dubrovnik.
Romantic restaurants in the old town of Dubrovnik.
Romantic restaurants in the old town of Dubrovnik.
Dominican monastery from the city Wall. Built in the 14th century, is one of the most important architectural parts of Dubrovnik.
After Sunset Glow at the Stradun, the Old Town’s main promenade..
A fourteenth century church in the old town at the sunset.
Church of Saint Blaise, square in the evening.
Hiked up the hill to get view of Old town of Dubrovnik and Adriatic sea.
Old town of Dubrovnik after Sunset.
Church of Saint Blaise, the patron saint of the city of Dubrovnik and formerly the protector of the independent Republic of Ragusa.
The Spanish stairs by Saint Ignatius Church, also known as Jesuit Steps – the main location for Walk of Shame, One of the most famous scenes from Game of Thrones.
Church of St Ignatius after dark.
Raul at the Jesuit Steps, famous for Walk of Shame
Karlovačko, one of the most popular beer in Croatia.
Dubrovnik was the most expensive place to visit in the Balkans, for example, just to use a public restroom will cost you an Euro. Walking on the old city wall (less than 2KM) will cost you 30 Euro, compare that to 20 Euro for visiting all attraction in Athens, Greece.

After spending couple of days in the most beautiful walled city, we took a bus to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After visiting Sarajevo and Banja Luka, we came back to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia.

By Window on The World

In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...

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