What To See in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is considered as the Jewel of the Antlantic. This is an old city located in the extreme south of the country of Croatia with lots of stories to tell. Paradise as it may seem, behind the walls and ancient structures of Dubrovnik lies the thousand tales of history, bravery, and religion.

This old city’s main asset is the historical wall that was built in the 10th century. The wall is 6390 feet long and 19 feet thick. The purpose of building this is to have a strong defense against the invaders during those times. There are two towers that is part of the city walls. These are the Bokar Tower and the Minceta Tower. Moreover, there are to forts namely Revelin Fort and Lorvjenac Fort. Vast exquisite sceneries can be viewed from the Dubrovnik’s walls over the Adriatic while the old town center is inside. To date, the main entrance of the walls needs admission charge before one can enter.

Talking about the main entrance, it is called the Dubrovnik Pile Gate which is connected to the city’s walls. This is the only way to get to the Dubrovnik’s Lapad area. Seen at the arch of the Pile Gate is a grand statue of St. Blaise made by Ivan Mestrovic, a very famous Croatian artist.

Built in the year 1438-1444 by Onofrio de la Cava, a Neopolitan architect, the Big Fountain of Ononfrio is the most popular monument in Dubrovnik. Originally, this monument has two-stories that served as part of the water supply system to move the water from the Dubrovacka River. Unfortunately, the earthquake that affected most of the Dubrovnik in the year 1667 caused the second floor of the Big Fountain of Ononfrio to be heavily damaged. Nevertheless, this ancient standalone sculpture never fails to attract the eyes of passing tourists.

Another popular monument in Dubrovnik is the Square of the Loggia. For a long time, it has been the center of gathering for most citizens and visitors. Nobody will get tired of waiting in this place since nearby are the famous buildings (modern and ancient) and public buildings where they can feast their eyes on. One of which is the Orlando’s column created by Antonio Ragusino. This is most common spot for meeting people. The Church of St. Balise is also within the Square of the Loggia. This is a place where most priceless pieces of art are kept.

A very religious Christian site is also located here in Dubrovnik. It is a Baroque or Roroco architecture built on the 12th century. Designed by Andrea Buffalini of Rome, the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary is composed of luxurious designs, three aisles and three apses. Within the cathedral, is where the Treasury is located. This is the place where they keep some important cinders related to Christianity. The most famous relic inside the Treasury is the claimed small part of the cross where Jesus was crucified.

Aside from these historical and religious sites mentioned, Dubrovnik is also rich in beautiful surroundings such as Cavtat, Elaphite Islands and Peljesac Peninsula to name a few.

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