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Must see Historical Places of Dubrovnik

Updated on January 28, 2014

Dubrovnik is a city in Croatia on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. It is nicknamed "Pearl of the Adriatic". Dubrovnik has a long history and thus called city of history. Historical evidence indicates that Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century. Although the city was seriously damaged by an earthquake in 1667 and by the armed conflict in 1990, the city still preserves its remaining historical establishments, monuments, monasteries and palaces precisely. You will see the dominance of late-medieval architectures throughout the city.

Read about the top 5 historical places to see in Dubrovnik below:

Dubrovnik City Walls

No visit to Dubrovnik might be finished without a leisurely stroll around the city walls. Constructed between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries and remains standing till today, these effective walls are the finest on the planet and Dubrovnik's main claim to fame. Not only are they really interesting and beautiful, but the views outside and inside of the city and the surrounding countryside and ocean are stunning. Don’t miss to enjoy Shakespeare's plays on the Lovrjenac Fort terrace during the Summer Festival.

Dubrovnik City Walls
Dubrovnik City Walls | Source

The wall was built to protect attacks by the Turks and was built in several phases starting from the 14th century up to 15th century. The wall is thicker at the land side up to 6 meters and thinner at the seaside that ranges from 3 meters to 1.5 meters.

Rector’s Palace

Rector’s Palace
Rector’s Palace | Source

The Rector's Palace was built in the late fifteenth century and is beautifully decorated with exceptional sculptural embellishment. The castle was constructed for the Rector, who administered Dubrovnik and it holds the rector’s office, his private chambers, open lobbies and administrative center. Today the castle has been transformed into a display center with slyly restored rooms, representations, escutcheons and coins, bringing out the wonderful history of Dubrovnik.

Pile gate

Start your visit at Old Town's Pile Gate, which dates from 1537.observe the statue of St Blaise, the city's paragon of piety, set in a corner over the Renaissance curve. Initially, the drawbridge at the passage of the gate was lifted every nighttime, the entryway was shut and the key gave to the Prince of the city.

Pile gate
Pile gate | Source

Pile Gate is actually a series of gates, steps and ramps. This is a suitable starting point for your stroll through the Old Town. This is the entry point for the passengers of many cruise ships as well. So, traffic control at this point is maintained strictly. No car can stop here, only a few big tourist buses are allowed to pick and drop the tourists from this point.

Placa Thoroughfare (Stradun)

Stradun is an ancient wide street right through the middle of Dubrovnik. This famous street runs from the Pile Gate through the city straight to the Ploce Gate. Don’t miss to visit this street during your visit to Dubrovnik. It is crammed with cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops in the alleys and in the main street of Stradun.

Franciscan Monastery & Museum

Over the entryway of this cluster is a surprising pietà chiseled by the nearby experts Petar and Leonard Andrijić in 1498. Tragically, the gateway is all that stays of the lavishly beautified church, which was pulverized in the 1667 quake. Inside the monastery complex is a mid-fourteenth century house, a standout amongst the most wonderful late-Romanesque structures in Dalmatia. See how every capital over the fantastically thin double segments is bested by a different figure, depicting human heads, creatures and floral designs. Additionally charming is the small square garden that is shaded by orange and palm trees.

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