Aug 26

FIVE MOST POPULAR TOURISTIC ATTRACTIONS IN DUBROVNIK (DUBROVNIK)

Dubrovnik. Adored by international celebrities,  this ‘jewel of the Adriatic’ is considered the Venice of Eastern Europe – without flooding, however. The southernmost city in Croatia, Dubrovnik was one of the centers of development of language and literature in this country and is the place where they many poets, playwrights, painters, mathematicians and other renowned scientists used to live. The lovely old city was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage in 1979, and its charm attracts tourists who want to get acquainted to the Mediterranean spirit, but without the overcrowdness in Greece and Italy.

The city is perfect for visitors, beach lovers and those looking for an active nightlife. Although many of the city buildings were destroyed by the earthquake of 1667 and by bombing during the Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s, it was mostly rebuilt and is still considered obe of the best preserved touristic attraction in Croatia.

Roam though Stradun

Enjoy a coffee and a croissant while you wander around through the main street of Dubrovnik, Stradun. Formerly a swamp, Stradun is now a place where locals and tourists alike gather during the days and evenings. With its numerous cafes and restaurants, the street is a great place to relax after a full day of visiting the city’s attractions.

Sponza Palace

Sponza Palace in Dubrovnik was built in 1522, originally as the customs office where goods were brought by merchants worldwide; they had to pay a fee before selling their merchandise. The palace is a simplistic example of Croatian architecture, which still strikes you at first sight. Sponza Palace now houses the city archives and can be visited free of charge, as a refuge from the sun. Do not overlook the Gothic  building with Renaissance windows.

Onofrio’s Fountain

Built in 1438 by Italian architect Onofrio della Cava, the 16-sided fountain was partially destroyed by the earthquake of 1667 but it still remains as a representation of the old rustic architecture of Dubrovnik. The fountain was a part of the water system of the city, built in the 15th century and was considered an architectural masterpiece in its time. Make a stop at this huge fountain, which represented the main water reserve for the Croats during the war in 1992.

Dubrovnik Cathedral

For a refuge in the shade and the chance to see a real work of art, just pay a visit to the Cathedral. The current edifice was built in 1673 by the Italian architect Andrea Buffalini in order to replace the original 12th century cathedral, which was destroyed by the earthquake. Here you can admire Titian’s polyptych, depicting the Assumption, and the skull of St. Blaise, locked in a crown with precious stones. When another earthquake struck in 1979, excavations under the cathedral revealed another cathedral under the current, which had been built during the last period of the Roman Empire. Continuing the excavation work, yet another another church was revealed underneath it, dating from the 6th century.

Dubrovnic is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe; everywhere you look, you will admire a slice of history, a legend, the mark left by a historic personality, a work of art and many other surprises that are impossible to be discovered in only one visit.

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Apr 20

DUBROVNIK, THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE (DUBROVNIK)

Known as the Athens of the Adriatic, this Medieval and Baroque fortress-city is the most popular touristic attraction in Croatia. A symbol of freedom, Dubrovnik has been an independent municipality which kept its independence for most of the centuries. Despite that, it had glimpses of history when it went under the Venetian rule for one and a half centuries, between 1200s and mid-1300s. It was freed by Louis of Hungary and it became a vassal stat of the Hungaro-Croatian kingdom, despite the fact that its official status was of an independent state.

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After that, the Hungaro-Croatian handed it over to the Ottoman Empire about one century after, but, with smooth diplomatic tactics and tributes offered to the Gate, the city-state had regained its tacit independence. It managed to preserve a detached position between the political blocks of the era and, even if it managed to tie strong diplomatic connections with the Catholic world – Spain, the Papality -, the small state avoided to side against the ottomans, as it had the interest of maintaining a neutral status in the area for economic reasons – gaining revenues and taxes from whoever was passing through the neutral port. Afterwards it has been disputed by Napoleon, then added to the Dalmatian province, but it has kept its strength and singularity as if time has passed by it without leaving too many marks.

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Now a part of the UNESCO heritage, its moniker remained “the pearl of the Adriatic Sea” after George Bernard Shaw paid a visit and was struck by its beauty. Dubrovnik it distinguishes itself by its stone walls – along which you can walk and admire the entire panorama – standing against the waves and the mixture of elegant architectural styles that have been kept almost untouched.

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The Old Town is the highlight of the structure. You can get there walking, or by taking a cable car that will take you up, on top of the scenery. When you roam the streets of Dubrovnik, you breathe history with every step that you take, but you can also enjoy the luxuries of modernity by enjoying the summer festivals that take place every year, savor the tastes of Croatian wine and bathe in the blue of the waters.

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In this respect, the main beach of Dubrovnik, Banje, which is perfect for any age, especially for families with small children, as they offer a great variety of entertainment. However, keep in mind that it reserved only for tourists, so, in case you want to start a conversation with a local, you can go to Sveti Jakov, some 20 minutes’ walk along Vlaha Bukovca, a lovely pathway shadowed by old, majestic trees.

There are plenty museums which preserve fascinating artifacts and slices of history, but one of the most captivatin is the Rector’s Palace, which has a history and elegant architecture of its own and preserves samples of the most recent history of the region.

Also, try to not miss any of the institutions that store memories of Europe’s golden ages: Ethnographic Museum, Maritime Museum, the Homeland War Museum, and memorial houses such a Ronald Brown and Marin Drzic.

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