Dubrovnik, with its stone streets, opulent palaces and massive fortifications is a unique travel destination. The compact Old Town conceals within it a plethora of historical attractions that bear witness to the glorious and wealthy past of Dubrovnik.
To explore Dubrovnik attractions you can choose a variety of guided tours available throughout the year. You will make the most of your visit to Dubrovnik if you book a private guided tour.
Experience Dubrovnik attractions: walk along Stradun - the most popular street in Dubrovnik or visit famous City walls!
Dubrovnik's unique appearance, famous the world over, has much to do with the old city walls. These are 1940 metres in length and encompass the entire Old Town. They comprise a series of fortifications, bastions and towers.
The walls were built in the period from the 13th to the 17th century in order to defend Dubrovnik from its enemies. The main land-facing wall is between 4 and 6 metres in width, while the sea-facing wall is a little narrower, between 1.5 and 3 metres. Its height is as great as 25 metres in some places and at key points there are fortifications.
To the north there is the round Minceta Fortress, to the east the Revelin Fortress, and on the south-east side, the large St John’s Fortress complex. To the west is the Bokar Fortress. Besides these fortifications, the city walls are guarded by a whole series of smaller towers and bastions. Find out more about Dubrovnik City walls!
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The Placa or Stradun, running from east to west, is the longest and most important street in the Old Town. It connects the Pile Gates (western entrance) and the Ploce Gates (eastern entrance) and is 292 metres in length. From both sides of the Stradun, narrow side-streets emerge, in which lie hidden a multitude of shops, café bars and souvenir shops.
Stradun is the main artery of the Old Town and is always bustling with tourists and local inhabitants.
At the east end of the Stradun there is a bell tower with clock, built in 1444.
It is 31 metres in height and features two bronze figures, known as the zelenci (the "Green Men"), who chime the hours.
Orlando's Column stands in front of the Church of St Blaise, a stone column featuring the likeness of mediaeval knight Orlando (Roland), with sword extended, made in the Gothic style.
It was placed there in 1418, and from it flew the flag of the Republic of Dubrovnik for a full four centuries. Nowadays, during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the column bears a flag with the legend "Libertas" (Freedom).
Onofrio's Great and Small Fountains were built by Neapolitan architect Onofrio della Cava as part of Dubrovnik’s water supply system.
Onofrio's Great Fountain is located at the very entrance to Dubrovnik (by the Pile Gates), while the Small Fountain stands at the eastern end of the city. Onofrio's Great Fountain appears as it does today as a result of the great earthquake of 1667.
Experience Dubrovnik attractions: visit Minceta Fortress - the highest point of City walls or enjoy amazing view from St John's Fortress!
The Minceta Fortress dominates the north-western part of the city with its height and impressive appearance. It was named after the Dubrovnik aristocratic Mencetic family on whose estate it was built.
It was originally built in the 14th century as a rectangular tower and only later took on its current appearance.
Lovrijenac Fortress is located next to the outer western walls of the city of Dubrovnik and rises up on a 37 m-high cliff. Its primary role was a defensive one. It is a historic symbol of resistance to the Venetian Republic.
This fortification is triangular in shape and has three terraces. The walls facing the sea are as wide as 12 m, while those facing the city are just 60 cm thick. Lovrijenac serves as a stage for performances during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
The Revelin Fortress was built in the 15th century as a separate fortress which would additionally secure the land approach to the eastern city gates.
Because of the Venetian threat a new, more substantial fortress was later built. After construction was completed, which took 11 years, the Revelin became the city's most powerful fortification.
This fortress has an irregular four-sided shape, with one side descending to the sea and the other three land-facing sides protected by a trench. Nowadays, the terrace of the fortress is the venue for performances during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, while inside a variety of other concerts are held.
The fortress of St John is a structure on the south-eastern side of the old city harbour. This fortification watches over and protects the very entrance to the harbour.
The fortress in its current guise dates from the 16th century, with rounded, sloping walls facing the sea and sheer sides towards the harbour, displaying an array of cannon ports.
In modern times, this fortress houses the Maritime Museum and Aquarium.
The Bokar Fortress is a 15th century circular fort which is located on the southernwestern section of the city walls. It took more than 100 years to complete it. This fortress is one of the oldest forts of its kind in the world, and in addition to its defensive role served as a prison during the 19th century.
You can see Bokar Fortress while taking a walk along the city walls. From there you can enjoy views of Lovrijenac Fortress which stands on the high rock across it. This place is also a good location from which to enjoy stunning views of the Adriatic Sea.
From the small beach next to the fortress you can see the tunnel under the fortification that has been cut through the rock is sits on. It is possible to explore the interios, where you will find several cannons.
Experience Dubrovnik attractions: visit Rector's Palace - the most elegant palace in Dubrovnik's Old Town or visit Franciscan Monastery - famous for one of the richest libraries in the world.
The Sponza Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces in the city. During the era of the Republic of Dubrovnik it housed the Customs Office, the State Mint, the Bank, the State Treasury and the Armoury. The structure is rectangular in shape and encloses a yard. The building blends Gothic and Renaissance styles.
Nowadays, the Sponza houses the Dubrovnik Archive, which boasts one of the richest archive collections in the world, the oldest document preserved in this archive dating from the year 1022.
The Rector's Palace was the seat of government and of the Rector. It housed the state administration, a courtroom, a gaol and an armoury and powder magazine. In the atrium of the Rector's Palace stands the bust of Miho Pracat, a Dubrovnik ship-owner.
Today the Rector's Palace is a historical museum that operates as part of the city’s network of museums. The atrium of the Rector’s Palace is a venue for classical concerts during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
The Church of St Blaise stands on the Luza Square. This baroque church was built in 1715 on the site of an old Romanesque church.
The church has a central dome, a large ornate portal and a wide staircase in front of the entrance. The interior of the church is opulently ornamented, the multicoloured marble altars particularly standing out.
St Blaise has been Dubrovnik's patron saint and protector since the 10th century and his image is found carved in stone on many of Dubrovnik’s fortifications, as well as above the city's gates.
At the very beginning of the Stradun we find the Franciscan monastery complex.
Its construction began in the 14th century and within its walls is one of Dubrovnik's most beautiful cloisters. The monastery has since 1317 had its own pharmacy, still functioning today and the third oldest in Europe.
The Franciscan Monastery boasts one of the best-stocked old libraries, very valuable and highly regarded the world over.
The eastern part of the city is where the Dominican monastery complex is found, representing one of the richest treasure-stores of Dubrovnik's cultural heritage.
The interior of the church features a wealth of stone church furniture, a pulpit and Renaissance niches.
The monastery has a library with more than 220 incunabula, as well as a very diverse archive housing valuable manuscripts and documents. There is also a diverse art collection.
Dubrovnik's Cathedral as it stands today was built in 1673 and replaced the original 12th century cathedral, destroyed in the great earthquake. It has an opulent interior, with a painting of the Assumption of Mary bearing the signature of Italian artist Titian.
The cathedral vaults house gold and silver reliquaries and paintings by Italian, Flemish and Croatian artists. The treasury also houses a 11th or 12th century reliquary with the head of St Blaise. It is in the shape of a crown and decorated with medallions and precious stones.
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