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The History of a Mysterious Old Fortress

Updated on April 30, 2017

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On the Open day of events an individual stood as a guard like in the ancient times and dressed in red  to show his position.
On the Open day of events an individual stood as a guard like in the ancient times and dressed in red to show his position. | Source
At the very top of the castle they used the cannons to fire a few shots in a procession of the ancienttimes
At the very top of the castle they used the cannons to fire a few shots in a procession of the ancienttimes | Source
The entrance of the castle with many people climbing up to see the interesting treasures and to know more about the  intriguing history
The entrance of the castle with many people climbing up to see the interesting treasures and to know more about the intriguing history | Source
In this moment the traditionally dressed men were shooting arrows to meet the bulls eye spot. A local entertainment.
In this moment the traditionally dressed men were shooting arrows to meet the bulls eye spot. A local entertainment. | Source
Men playing music with the traditional drums
Men playing music with the traditional drums | Source
An opening ceremony at the beginning of the event
An opening ceremony at the beginning of the event | Source
Men ready to shoot their arrows
Men ready to shoot their arrows | Source
The old fortress lays in view surrounded by  the gray mountains and trees.
The old fortress lays in view surrounded by the gray mountains and trees. | Source

What I Learned about the Old Castle

During my research I learned that Fort Sokol was built on an inaccessible cliff.

The height of the castle is over twenty five meters a natural fortress that controls the main road closest to us.

The main road leads from Konavle north into Herzegovina and of the Balkan hinterland.

It was the main reason for this town to be inhabited since the ancient times.

In August 1973 the name of the castle known as the Falcon Tower was discovered.

The word Sokol from the Croatian language means falcon when translated into the English language.

After spending time reading, and paying attention to what the local people have on their minds, I discovered the town was found much earlier than mentioned.

A prehistoric structure as an ancient fortress from a medieval town came under the authority of Dubrovnik since the year 1423.

I was interested in the history of this old mysterious castle. My daily walks close by the castle gets me thinking of the ancient times around this region.

The guards that stood there and the slaves who lived behind these castle walls still remains a mystery to me.

The role of the fortress just changed over the years. The religious function of the castle has more to offer.

The prehistoric fortress had also protected the inhabitants of the village and I live in this village at the moment the population is over a hundred and fifty people.

The whole of konavle has over eight thousand people and has an area of 80.79 sq miles you are looking at (209.2 km²).

It includes Cavtat the small village of this region is a popular tourist destination.

Ancient Roman and late antiquity Byzantine fortresses had to defend the region of Konavle from the external enemies and to fight off the barbarians.

During the Middle Ages Konavle was mainly under the authority of the neighboring states this gave it a special political position.

The fort Sokol overtime no longer had to defend the neighboring states or rulers because they had already had their position in Konavle.

The feudal lords then enforced payments from their lands they demanded to be paid for their plots this was in Konavle from Sokol.

The arrival of people from Dubrovnik forty kilometers away changed everything. They oversaw Konavle and managed to take charge of the situation.

The revenues from the Rector's Court in Saint Martin another village called Pridvorje a not so far away village from us and Sokol took on a role of a similar to that of Justinian’s castrum from the sixth century: as of what the defense of territory acquired from external enemies.

Throughout the fifteenth century the Republic of Dubrovnik had invested a considerable amount of financial resources to make Sokol stick out for its rich history.

The making of a fortress to be shown as powerful enough to defend Konavle and the southeastern borders of the republic showed lots of defenses.

The problem with the trading republic there were far too many enemies.

Also, the rulers in the hinterland and the of the powerful Venetian Republic, which was seen as always lying in wait to conquer the city. A major new power on the European mainland was un-stoppable approaching the borders of the lovely Dubrovnik.

The Ottomans and Sokol played an important military role in the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries. Interestingly enough, after the Canadian War back in 1669, the Sokol fortress lost its significance and the Dubrovnik army was forced to abandon the castle in the year 1672.

I am amazed of how everything changed in this history of the Falcon Tower the old ruins remained for years before the changes were finally made to the beautiful fortress.

After the three centuries of ruins, dilapidation and oblivion followed. Finally, the association of Dubrovnik acquired the Sokol kula (Falcon Tower).

This happened in 1966 when Dubrovnik took full control of the fortress only what was left of the huge remains.

The restoration had taken many years you are looking at least half a century to get to this final stage.

The Falcon Tower is currently opened to public and a free entrance to all citizens of Konavle. Others are charged a specific entrance fee.

After at least three hundred and fifty years, the Sokol Kula has regained its feature and is guarded by permanent garrison that watches over it.

The many treasures found were cleaned and set in the skillfully made museum.

I found this history to be most fascinating knowing how the old remains of the castle stood there when I had first seen it. The recent changes is to reconstruct the ruins to it exact same feature from centuries ago.

Stone-built around and inside the castle and the view from this castle is one of best of a countryside scenario.

Soon there will be a restaurant right on the roof level.

The major actions had showed great improvements. The old building has a unique appearance and I enjoy the view from my home.

On my arrival to the old castle twelve years ago it looked dull and dark gray in color. I had captured fairly good photos. Unfortunately I deleted the photos and now wish I had not done that. The before and after photos would have been an ideal set to have for a good memory.

Built off a cliff is such a powerful idea. The feature of the fortress presently tells the story through all the buried treasures which were found at the time of digging around the castle.

There are safety railings along the stairs and is much easier also, it feels safer to climb to the top.

My experiences around the village have been a wonderful challenge. The castle is an addition to the value of our property.

The many advantages of this old fortress has brought light to my life. I am pleased to be live that close to an historical sight its enormous.

The mountainous region behind the castle shows the real outlook of the castle, called Sokul Kula (The Falcon Tower).

The surroundings are beautiful with many Cyprus trees, olive trees, Laurel tress, Fig plants, and the many wild herbs in the wild has to offer is also close to the mysterious castle.

It is indeed a mystery as much more is kept a secret about the slaves who were not allowed to leave the fortress centuries ago.

A valuable and most interesting history of the castle that fascinates many tourists.

My daily walks have shown me more appreciation of the history this castle has to offer and is such a natural feature.

The opening day was extravagant the traditional events were very entertaining.

The men and women were dressed in traditional clothing and performed their acts gracefully.

I enjoyed every bit of a new culture and felt part of something different.

A walk to the fortress makes me happy and fun-filled it gives me an opportunity to be most active when climbing the stairs.

The fortress is next to a cemetry and an Old Catholic church.

I don't like passing through the graveyard it just not for me I prefer walking the long path.

I like the appearance of the professionally built stone walls and homes. The homes are built of stone and with the red roofs. The original style of building, though some people are changing the old styled homes to modern styles. I am not if favor of that idea. It spoils the image.

My home is built with stone and I so admire the natural outlook.

When the style is changed it does not suit the traditional buildings.

Stone built houses and red roofs are the actual way of building in Croatia.

The maintenance is simple to keep up with in all weather conditions.

The many changes in my life has allowed me to appreciate my new life. The castle has one of my best views and I enjoy the countryside life.

Sokol Kula the Falcon Tower

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      Devika Primić 7 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Enjoy!

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      Mary Norton 7 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is really interesting. We are preparing for our trip so this is very useful.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      RTalloni ''I also understand that owners may want to individualize their private properties,'' well that is a different way of making their homes look unique but it does make the village look modern. Thank you

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Discovering the history of an old castle can be an interesting experience. Thanks for sharing what you've learned with us. I agree that it's disappointing to see the trademark stone buildings with red roofs being painted, but I also understand that owners may want to individualize their private properties. Maybe a historic district could be established for the purpose of maintaining the historical look of the area.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      jtrader, Thank you for the the vote up I appreciate your comments

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      I would like to see that old castle. The reenactments should make each visit more entertaining.

      Voted up and interesting!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you Eiddwen

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi D.A.L. castles have interesting stories and I am still learning more about this Fortress. Thank you very much for all the votes and for sharing your valuable comments.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful read DDE and thank you for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      DDE,

      What a fascinating and informative hub . I like you like to look into the history and facts about most of the things I write about. In this one you have excelled in this respect. The images are brilliant and have the effect of transporting me to your lovely country and your text held my interest. Well done,voted up. interesting,useful and awesome.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Cherylann well said and yes I am living in a beautiful place similar to the Alps. Your comments are well-appreciated thank you

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      Cherylann Mollan 3 years ago from India

      Hi DDE! First of all, I must say you live in an incredibly beautiful and picturesque place! It's also wonderful how you've outlined this history and mysteries of this castle. There is a thing about castles, and even prisons, that draw me to them. It's the curiosity about the people who dwelt there, a lost time, a lost generation. It's like you're in the midst of ghosts from the past!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      DeborahNeyens thank you for sharing your comments on my hubs.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Cool. I love history and visiting historical places. Thanks for the virtual tour.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Alicia thank you very much

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi grand old lady thank you very much for sharing your thoughts

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Martie thank you for the encouraging words my best choice was to come here

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you Suzanne

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Harishprasad It is a lovely experience to live by this old Fortress and I am enjoying my new life in Croatia thank you very much for stopping by

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very interesting hub, Devika. I enjoyed reading about the history of the area where you live and looking at the photos and the videos.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Castles are always fascinating because they show you how people lived in those days -- the rich people, anyway. I'm glad this castle was restored. I used to dream of living in a castle, then I found out they had no flushing toilets. That ended my desire to live like a queen.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      If the walls of Fort Sokol could talk!

      Thanks for a very interesting hub about the history of Fort Sokol.

      What a beautiful town you are living in, DDE. I would not mind living there :)

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      It is fascinating to read about your home and I enjoyed reading about it!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      You have beautifully described the historical facts about Falcon Fort. It would be so wonderful, living in a remote village in crotia, far from the hustle and bustle of big cities ! How cool it would be ! All photos are also very interesting. I enjoyed myself much reading such an interesting story. Voted up. :-)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      rebeccamealey I appreciate the peaceful walks and what nature has to offer thank you

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi annart thank you very much

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      A lovely place and great views! The history of different regions is always fascinating. Ann

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How lucky you are to be able to take daily walks there! Thanks for sharing!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      midget38 thank you

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      WriterJanis old castles are just mysterious the stories about castles always leaves one thinking thank you

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Faith thank you for all votes I appreciate your time and effort.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway thank you very much

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ologsinquito so right and yes it is a beautiful country thank you

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Sounds like a place I'd try exploring!

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      I love old castles. They have so much history and so many stories associated with them.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What an interesting hub, Devika! I loved reading about the history of this old castle and your photos are beautiful.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing your experience at this beautiful old castle. What history!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      It sounds as if you're having a very interesting time in Croatia, and it looks like such a beautiful country.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi kidscraft traveling is a learning experience and I have certainly covered some of the in my life thank you very much for stopping by. Take care!

      raymondphilippe thank you very much for sharing your kind comments

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I am glad that the people of Dubrovnik decided to restore this casttle. Having a nice casttle in your area is good for the local economy and everybody is a winner!

      Thank you for sharing the history of that casttle and also your pictures. It's very interesting, Devika! Thank you also for the video! You make me want to discover Croatia even more!

      Have a great week!

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      Raymond Philippe 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      Thanks for sharing info on your very beautiful country. Old castles are interesting. They form a tangible connection with our past.