Old City of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea, today listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The prosperity of the city was historically based on maritime trade; as the capital of the maritime Republic of Ragusa, it achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries, as it became notable for its wealth and skilled diplomacy.

The 'Pearl of the Adriatic' became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains.

A feature of Dubrovnik is its walls that run almost 2 kilometres around the city. The walls are 4 to 6 metres thick on the landward side but are much thinner on the seaward side. The system of turrets and towers were intended to protect the vulnerable city. The walls of Dubrovnik have also been a popular filming location for the fictional city of King's Landing in the HBO television series, Game of Thrones.

Few of Dubrovnik's Renaissance buildings survived the earthquake of 1667 but fortunately enough remained to give an idea of the city's architectural heritage. The finest Renaissance highlight is the Sponza Palace which dates from the 16th century and is currently used to house the National Archives.

Dubrovnik's most beloved church is St Blaise's church, built in the 18th century in honour of Dubrovnik's patron saint. Dubrovnik's Baroque Cathedral was built in the 18th century and houses an impressive Treasury with relics of Saint Blaise. The city's Dominican Monastery resembles a fortress on the outside but the interior contains an art museum and a Gothic-Romanesque church.

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Founded: 7th century
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in Croatia

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Wilson Foo (8 months ago)
Nice little open air market where you can buy local produce like fruits and vegetables, hand made jewellery, lavender soaps and essence, nuts and other dried fruits like figs and tangerines. Not a very big place so you should be able to cover everything within 20 minutes.
Grant G (9 months ago)
At least they still do it? But split had much more vendors and options, I think this place has become too touristy probably for it to make sense to do anymore do to logistics maybe? Too bad, would feel really nice to have a true sized marketplace happen here.
Rade Pleša (11 months ago)
Unfortunately, now this is the only remaining of the market. Several local sellers and that all from 6am up to noon time.During my childhood late 70's and begging of 80's totaly different pictures - at least 100 sellers with various vegetables, fruits and fish.
Vivian Kassapakis (5 years ago)
Game of Thrones fan or not this place is amazing from the minute you meet at Pile Gate to the moment you explore every nook and cranny What can I say. A city steep in history yet intact and restored to a former glory. From the City walls to its beaches, from the shops to the amazing restaurants this place has it all A place that’s for young and old. I stayed within the city walls and would recommend this for anyone wanting to experience the city up close and personal The weather is perfect during the summer months so don’t hesitate to add Old Town Dubrovnik to your list of must see places!!
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