Dubrovnik attraction and place to visit


Minceta Dubrovnik tower

The Walls of Dubrovnik are a series of defensive stone walls that have surrounded and protected the citizens of the afterward proclaimed maritime city-state of Dubrovnik (Ragusa), situated in southern Croatia, since the city's founding prior to the 7th century as a Byzantium castrum on a rocky island named Laus (Ragusia or Lave).With numerous additions and modifications throughout their history, they have been considered to be amongst the great fortification systems of the Middle Ages, as they were never breached by a hostile army during this time period. In 1979, the old city of Dubrovnik, which includes a substantial portion of the old walls of Dubrovnik, joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The oldest systems of fortifications around the town were likely wooden palisades. Today's intact city walls, constructed mainly during the 12th–17th centuries, mostly a double line, have long been a source of pride for Dubrovnik. The walls run an uninterrupted course of approximately 1,940 metres (6,360 ft) in length, encircling most of the old city, and reach a maximum height of about 25 metres (82 ft). The bulk of the existing walls and fortifications were constructed during the 14th and 15th centuries, but were continually extended and strengthened up until the 17th century.

This complex structure, amongst the largest and most complete in Europe, protected the freedom and safety of a "civilised" and "sophisticated" republic that flourished in peace and prosperity for five centuries. The walls were reinforced by three circular and 14 quadrangular towers, five bastions (bulwarks), two angular fortifications and the large St. John's Fortress. Land Walls were additionally reinforced by one larger bastion and nine smaller semicircular ones, like the casemate Fort Bokar, the oldest preserved fort of that kind in Europe. The moat that ran around the outside section of the city walls which were armed by more than 120 cannons, made superb city defense.


Dubrovnik Museums

  • Dubrovnik Natural History Museum (Prirodoslovni muzej) ), Androvićeva 1, 9AM-4PM, closed Sa-Su.
    The collection of 100 year-old taxidermy specimens dates back to 1872 and may not appeal to everyone.

 

  • Franciscan Monastery Museum, Placa 2. 9AM-6PM.
    Houses artifacts from one of the world's oldest pharmacies.

 

  • Synagogue and Jewish Museum, Zudioska 5, 10AM-3PM; Sa-Su: Closed.
    This originally Sephardic Synagogue is supposed to be the second oldest still in use synagogue in Europe today. A permanent Jewish community here was founded at the end of the 15th century following the exodus from Portugal and Spain. The Jewish Ghetto was established in 1546 on Jewish street in the old town of Dubrovnik.The community flourished and included respected doctors, merchants and state representatives. Jews in Dubrovnik enjoyed relative freedom, but there were some restrictions on their activities at certain points in history. The Synagogue is tiny and delightful, with heavy velvet drapes and a richly painted, midnight blue ceiling. The museum contains valuable menorahs and Torah scrolls, alongside information on the history of the Jewish community in Dubrovnik.

 

  • Dominican Monastery Museum, Sv. Domina 4, 9AM-6PM.
    Paintings and artifacts from Dubrovnik's past.

 

  • The Rector`s Palace Museum, Pred dvorom 1, 9AM-6PM.
    Artifacts, paintings and furniture dating back from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic.

 

  • The Treasury of Cathedral, Kneza Damjana Jude 1, 9AM-6PM.
    The Treasury has 138 reliquaries which are carried around the city during the Feast of St Blaise.

 

  • Maritime Museum, In St. John Fortress, 9AM-6PM.
    Considering how vital sailing and shipbuilding were to the growth of the Dubrovnik Republic, this is one of the city’s most important museums.

 

  • Home of Marin Drzic, Široka 7, M-Sa 9AM-1PM and by appointment.
    Memorial house of Marin Drzic, one of Croatia's most famous writers.

 

  • The Etnographic Museum (Rupe Granary), Od Rupa 3, 9AM-6PM
    Built in 1590, this is a fascinating building in itself, and the exhibits showcase the economic, cultural and spiritual development of Dubrovnik. The folk costumes and textiles give the best flavour of the region where folk culture is still celebrated.

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Music and theatre festival held since 1949 from 10th July to 25th August. Famous nationwide for its exquisite selection of drama, plays and concert of chamber music with more then 2,000 artists from 30 countries during 47 days of festival. Be sure to book in advance and don't miss a chance to see some of the open-air performances.

Dubrovnik Cable Car

The original cable car had been closed since 1991, when it was bombed during the conflict. It reopened to the public for the first time on 10 July 2010. The view of the Old City will rival that found on any postcard. There is a small shop at the top and a bar.

Directions to the Cable Car are difficult to find in the Old City. To get to the cable car the easiest way is from the Old Town of Dubrovnik. On the northern side of the town there is Buža Street which leads you towards the northern exit from the city walls. From there you need to keep climbing up Zagrebacka Street towards the fire station. Once you are at the fire station, you need to turn right into Petra Kresimira 4 Street and keep going straight up. After few moments you will see the cable car station on your right hand side 73 kn round trip 9AM-9PM


City Walls of Dubrovnik Old Town

Walk on the walls around the old town, great views. It is highly recommended to visit the walls during the early morning hours or the late afternoon hours during mid-summer months as it can become hot. Dubrovnik is surrounded by City Walls which are 2 km long and for which it is famous all around the world. Through the history City Walls were protection from the enemy, today Dubrovnik City Walls brings the visitors from the whole world who want to see this city- museum. There are 3 entrances to the City Walls: on Stradun by the Pile gate, by fort Saint John’s and at the Custom’s House gate. Within the City Walls you will see Fort Minceta and Fort St. John’s on the south-eastern side. Also, within the City Walls are Fort Lawrence at Pile and Fort Revelin at Ploce. The main entrance to the City Walls is by the Inner Pile Gates. Minceta Fort is one of the most beautiful cultural attractions in Dubrovnik. It is situated on the northwest side of the city inside the City Walls. It was built according to the design of Renaissance builder Juraj Dalmatinac. St. Luke’s Tower you can see walking along the landward side of City Walls up to Ploce Gate. St. Luke’s Tower has protected the entrance to the Dubrovnik harbour throughout the history of the city. St. John’s Fort was constructed in 16th century and it is really worth of visiting- on its ground floor you can visit the Aquarium, and on first and second floor you can visit Maritime Museum. (more about it at the end of the page). Bokar Fort is situated on the seaward of City Walls. It was designed by Florentine architect Michelozzi in the 15th century