The Minčeta Tower was built by a local builder named Nicifor Ranjina and Italian engineers sent by Pope Pius II in 1463, at the height of the Turkish threat. Originally as a strong four-sided fort, it is the most prominent point in the defensive system towards the land. The tower's name derives from the name of the Menčetić family, who owned the ground upon which the tower was built. By its height and impressive volume, the tower dominates the northwestern high part of the city and its walls.

In the middle of the 15th century, around the earlier quadrilateral fort, Michelozzo built a new round tower using new warfare technique and joined it to the new system of low scarp walls. The full six-meter thick walls of the new tower had a series of protected gun ports. The architect and sculptor Giorgio da Sebenico of Zadar continued the work on the Minčeta tower. He designed and built the high narrow round tower while the battlements are a later addition. The tower was completed in 1464 and became the symbol of the unconquerable city of Dubrovnik.

After a long excavation, a 16th-century cannon foundry was discovered under Minčeta Tower. It is now a museum. Since Minčeta Tower is the highest point of the wall, it is considered to offer a seemingly 'unforgettable' view on the city.

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Founded: 1463
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Stevan Mrdak (13 months ago)
A unique and amazing place. Here is a unique experience of the past that provides an unforgettable experience through the present time. My warm recommendation to visit this city for which there are the most beautiful words of praise.
Ivan Vukovic (Dubrovnik tourist guide) (2 years ago)
The best photo op!
Ivana Sošić Antunović (2 years ago)
Fantastic strength and view!
Dino Kerin (2 years ago)
Beautiful view of the old town Dubrovnik.
Alex (3 years ago)
A military engineering marvel, as the rest of Dubrovnik's impressive defensive structures. As others have pointed out, offers some of the best views of the old city. If you are looking for a great picture here, make sure you come early in the morning in order to avoid crowds and get the perfect lighting from the sun.
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