The town of Dubrovnik , formerly known as Ragusa, is one of the most historic and important cities in Croatia. Some of the artifacts discovered in this city date back to the seventh century.
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Attractions of Dubrovnik Croatia
It is said that in the 7th century, the city first was located on a rocky island called Laos, which refugees who came there from the surrounding cities eventually turned it into a city. However, there is another theory that the city was founded by Greek sailors.
The city has long been in close competition with Venice. But in the 15th and 16th centuries it was able to develop greatly with the help of the wealth it gained from trade.
Although the city was ruled by the Ottoman Empire for some time and by the Hungarian Empire for a while, today it is an independent city in Croatia.
The Large Fountain of Onofrio and St. Savior Church
The church and the surrounding fountain are probably some of the best historical masterpieces in the city of Dubrovnik, which according to historians was built between 1438 and 1444.
The church building has become smaller due to the massive earthquake that occurred in 1667 and its reconstruction after that. During the earthquake that year, the church was one of the few buildings that survived to some extent. If you visit this church, you can see the works of the Gothic and Renaissance periods.
The fountain in the church used to be a source of water for the townspeople, making water available to the public from the Dubrovacka River.
Address: Poljana Paska Milicevica 2000, 20000, Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik Cable Car
One of the main reasons for the attractiveness of the city of Dubrovnik is its natural attractions. If you want to see these natural beauties from the sky, you can use the Dubrovnik cable car. This cable car passes its passengers over the old city and the higher you go, the better and better the scenery becomes.
The ride in the cable car takes about 10 minutes. However, when you reach the top of the hill, you can get off the cable car and explore its beautiful scenery. In addition to the natural scenery, you can see the Imperial Fortress which was built in the 19th century. The castle was built by French architects.
Besides, there is a restaurant where you can go and have something to eat or drink before re-boarding. Next to the restaurant is a shop that makes beautiful traditional coins that you can buy and give as souvenirs to your friends. If you want to find out more about this cable car, be sure to visit its website.
Official site: www.dubrovnikcablecar.com
Address: Urala kralja Petra Krešimira IV, 20000, Dubrovnik
The beautiful Loggia Square is one of the most famous places in the city, with several buildings and monuments downtown near it. This square is located in the northernmost part of the old city center and is a gathering place for people during festivals and big celebrations.
In the middle of the square is the famous Orlando sculpture called Orlando’s Column, designed and built by the famous sculptor Antonio Ragusino.
Another beautiful handicraft in this square is the Loggia of the Bells, which dates back to 1480. This alarm was used to warn the people of the city in dangerous and sensitive times.
At this square, you’ll likewise discover the Church of St. Blaise, which is known for its Baroque facade and inestimable masterpieces. Additionally, you can find these places around the square:
- Sponza Palace, which is presently home to the world files
- a clock tower from the fifteenth century
- the little wellspring of Onofrio and,
- the primary guardhouse
The Old City Walls
Most people of the world know Dubrovnik because of its old walls it’s not just the walls themselves but it was one of the places where the popular Game of Thrones series was filmed.
These walls, which are more than 6 meters in diameter and high, were built in the 10th century AD and rebuilt in the 13th and 14th centuries. The length of these walls is approximately 2 km. If you ever go to these walls, you can see different places in the city and enjoy yourself.
The City Gates
For many years, these gateways have been welcoming tourists and visitors to the city and delighting them with the charming architecture and the garden that surrounds it.
Another beauty of this gate is the statue in its arch, which was built in 1460 by the famous artist of this country, Ivan Meštrovic.
The Franciscan Church and Monastery
Another must-see attraction and an impressive church in the city is The Franciscan Church. The church was built in the 17th century and has been home to important and precious books throughout history, and today more than 21,000 rare and antiquated books are kept in this church.
The walls of this chapel were built in the late 1600s and its monastery was built in the 1100s. Considering the many books that this church is responsible for maintaining, it can be said that this place has one of the most valuable libraries in all of Croatia.
But books are not the only attraction of this church. it has one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. This pharmacy, which was built in 1317, has given the lives of many people in different eras in the past with its medicines. If you are interested in visiting this church, try to see its museum as well and enjoy its rare and fine art collection.
Address: Poljana Paska Milicevica 4, 20000, Dubrovnik
The Island of Lokrum
Although the island is about 600 meters from the town of Dubrovnik, but do not miss visiting it. In addition to the natural scenery of this island, which makes you feel very good, you can also have a chance to visit the other attractions of the island.
Places to visit on Lokrum Island:
- Fort Royal Castle
If you are a historian, you must have heard the name of this castle. This is the famous castle that Napoleon’s armies built to defend the city of Harbor.
If you go up to this castle (which is usually hard work because a lot of people come to visit this castle) you can see the spectacular view.
- Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is a small salt lake that is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island. You can dive and swim in this lake or if you do not like it, you can just enjoy its beautiful scenery and take photos.
- old Benedictine Monastery
Built around the 11th century AD, this old monastery has become a museum that you can visit today. Also, there is a restaurant next to the monastery where you can eat something. After eating, you can visit the botanical garden, which has more than 200 different species of the most beautiful plants, and enjoy seeing them.
Sounds like an interesting trip doesn’t it? If you are encouraged to go to the island, you can do so by renting a sea kayak on the shores of Dubrovnik.
- Stradun of Dubrovnik
Stradun is one of the most beautiful passages in the world. This street, also known as Placa in Dubrovnik, is full of various shops and cafes, and restaurants where you can relax after shopping.
Most of the buildings on this street have a shop downstairs and a residential house upstairs. This street is 300 meters long and is covered with white trenches and was built in 1468.
One of the most interesting places you can see near this street is War Photo Limited, a fascinating photography museum that displays amazing photos from the war.
- Game of Thrones Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
If you are a fan of movies and series, you must have heard the name of the famous Game of Thrones series.
If you are happened to be a fan of this series as well, you will be happy to know that you can go on a special tour of this series in the city of Dubrovnik.
- Dubrovnik Cathedral and Treasury
This church is one of the most magnificent places in the city of Dubrovnik. Much of its beauty is due to the three magnificent aisles and decorations created from the 16th to 18th century by Italian and Dalmatian artists. One of its most famous sculptures is the statue of virgin Maryam, created by the famous artist Raphael in the 1600s.
The church was built in the 6th century AD and was partially destroyed by a disastrous earthquake. But it was later rebuilt in the Baroque style.
Other must-see things in this church are the statue of the crucified Christ, which was built in the 13th century; A collection of 138 gold and silver antiques collected from all around the world, and the head, legs, and arms of St. Blais.
Address: Opcina Dubrovnik, 20000
- The Rector’s Palace and Cultural Historical Museum
This palace which was built in 1435 is one of the most popular museums in the city of Dubrovnik. The palace was designed by an artist named Onofrio de la Cav, who combined Renaissance and Gothic styles to create a truly beautiful masterpiece.
However, this beauty did not last long, and the palace was severely damaged by fire and the famous Dubrovnik earthquake.
Today, however, the palace has been rebuilt and used for seasonal concerts, and part of it has been turned into a history museum where you can find styles from different historical periods such as the Renaissance or Gothic, or Borax and enjoy watching them in one place see.
Address: Opcina Dubrovnik, 20000
As you probably know, Dubrovnik is a seaside town and has been recognized for this in the past as well as now. If you are into water and beach recreations, be sure to include a visit to Banje Beach in your schedule.
Although the city of Dubrovnik has several beaches, Banje Beach is the closest beach to the old town, which is why most tourists choose this beach for swimming and sunbathing.
This beach has two parts. To enter one part, you have to pay a fee, but the other part is more public and does not require a fee, but of course, it is more crowded. You can enjoy different water and beach sports in both parts.