Dubrovnik Tourist Attractions
Nicknamed the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, has a wealth of attractions for visitors. The city's seafront location, coupled with its beautiful and historic old town, is helping Dubrovnik make a come back to its top spot as a destination in the Dalmatia area.
Founded in the 7th century, Dubrovnik has had a series of rulers including Venetians and Hungarians, and even became its own Republic, known as the Republic of Ragusa. The city of Dubrovnik enjoyed its greatest growth in the 15th & 16th centuries, which is reflected in the impressive architecture. The old town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is home to Croatia's artistic and intellectual elite and frequent cultural activities are the norm.A siege by the Yugoslav Peoples Army from October 1991 to May 1992 heavily damaged much of the city. Since then, with the help of the Croatian government and UNESCO, much of the damage has been repaired and the buildings updated to withstand earthquakes that are common in the area.Some of the key sights in Dubrovnik are the Cathedral Treasury, the Church of St Blaise, the Rector's Palace, Fort of St John, Sponza Palace, the Dominican Monastery, and the famous Ploce Gate.
Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Treasury
Address: Kneza Damjana Jude 1, Croatia
Address: Sv Dominika 4, Croatia
Dubrovnik Rector's Palace
Onofrio de la Cava designed the Rector's Palace in 1435 but it is unlikely the building standing today is quite what the architect had in mind. The architecture of the Rector's Palace is a mix of late Gothic and early Renaissance styles and this is due to an unfortunate series of events. The Rector's Palace was built in the 15th Century but was heavily damaged the first time by a gunpowder explosion, then by a fire and in 1667 the earthquake that leveled most of Dubrovnik heavily damaged the structure.In the summer the pleasant central courtyard hosts classical music performances. Also found in the Rector's Palace is the bust of Miho Pracat, a former rich merchant from the island of Lopud. The upstairs portion of the Rector's Palace holds the city museum that has many interesting exhibits of life during the time of the Republic of Ragusa. Also of note in the city museum's collection of 15,000 pieces are paintings by Veneitan and Dalmation artists.
Address: Pred dvorom 1, Croatia
Fort of St John
Dubrovnik Franciscan Monastery
Address: Placa 2, Croatia
Dubrovnik Square of the Loggia
The Square of the Loggia is the lifeblood of activity in Dubrovnik. A central gathering point for citizens and visitors alike it features some of Dubrovnik's most famous buildings and public monuments. The Square of the Loggia is located in the north east section of the old town center and features Orlando's column which was built and designed by sculptor Antonio Ragusino. It is easily located in the Square of the Loggia and makes a handy meeting spot.Dating from 1480 is the Loggia of the Bells. These bells were used as an early warning system by the residents of Dubrovnik in times of unrest. Also located on the square is the Church of St Balise which is of interest to visitors for its Baroque façade and the collection of priceless works of art contained within. As well, a clock tower from the 15th Century, the main guard house, and the small fountain of Onofrio can be seen on the square.
Stradun of Dubrovnik
Big Fountain of Onofrio
Just behind the Asimov Tower is the Dubrovnik Ploce Gate. Designed in what historians call a double defense system, the Dubrovnik Ploce Gate was quite effective in times of trouble. Located on the northeast corner of the old town center and near a small port area, the Gate dates from the early 14th Century. There is a small port area located nearby and the Dominican Monastery is just around to the left as you enter.Another imposing building located just across the moat from the Dubrovnik Ploce Gate is the Revelin Fort, designed by Tvrdava Revelin in 1580.
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