St. John Fortress

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The St. John Fortress is a complex monumental building on the southeastern side of the old city port, controlling and protecting its entrance. The first fort was built in the mid-14th century, but it was modified on several occasions in the course of the 15th and 16th centuries, which can be seen in the triptych made by the painter Nikola Božidarević in the Dominican monastery. The painting shows Saint Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik.

Dominant in the port ambiance, the St. John Fortress prevented access of pirates and other enemy ships. Always cautious at the first sign of danger, the inhabitants of Dubrovnik used to close the entry into the port with heavy chains stretched between the St. John Fortress and the Kase jetty, and they also used to wall up all the port entries to the Great Arsenal.

Today, the fortress houses an aquarium on the ground floor, stocked with fish from various parts of the Adriatic Sea. On the upper floors there is an ethnographic and a maritime museum devoted to the Republic Maritime Period, the Age of Steam, the Second World War, and the section of techniques of sailing and navigation.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Croatia

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Zoé Sandle (2 years ago)
Yes, it's even more beautiful than it looks in the pictures.
Cho (2 years ago)
A fortress defending the port of Old Town. Mighty looking.
Tork Mackenzie (2 years ago)
One of the first things you see entering Dubrovnik by ferry is the intimidating walls of the St John fortress as you pass by into the inner harbour , the views from on top of the fortress are outstanding and its well worth the effort to get up there.
Urban Traveler (3 years ago)
Great views of the old port
Kiko Rikic (3 years ago)
Old fortress from mirages, nice view to the Old port
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