Dubrovnik - the charming old city of Croatia

Dubrovnik is a beautiful Croatian city with golden sunshine, blue sea, and fresh air. In 1979, the city was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO.


Built on Laus island from the 7th century, Dubrovnik city has many works bearing the history and culture of the ancient Greeks. One of the highlights of Dubrovnik is the ancient red roof houses built in medieval times, with a diverse architecture that mixes many styles from Rome to Baroque. The old streets with narrow roadways and a series of stone walls and houses on both sides bring classic beauty and friendliness to Dubrovnik city. 

The beautiful city lies between the walls 


Dubrovnik is surrounded by a wall about 6m high, nearly 6m thick and 2km long, built in the 10th century and remodeled in the 13th - the 14th century. This wall forms an extremely solid defensive barrier trying to make hostile forces difficult to invade. Step through the Pile City Gate, you will admire a charming Dubrovnik with attractive destinations. 

The majestic fortresses 


- Minceta tower is the symbol of Dubrovnik, also the best corner to observe the old town. Built in 1319, the Minceta tower on the former land belonged to the Mencetic family and was named after this family. 

- Bokar Fortress was previously a coastal defense project but today, this is the center of Dubrovnik summer festival. 

Dubrovnik Cathedral 


The city cathedral is Dubrovnik's most important historical building built in the 12th century, with Baroque architecture. This place holds a lot of precious jewelry such as 138 sacred relics made of gold and silver, and precious paintings. This is also a place that a part of the crucifix is believed to be where Jesus was crucified, as well as a part of the body of St. Blaise from the 13th century. 

Rector’s Palace 


Designed by Onofrio de la Cava in 1435, Rector’s Palace today becomes the city's Cultural History Museum. This is a beautiful building that intersects the late Gothic and early Renaissance architecture destroyed by gunpowder explosions, fires, and earthquakes. It is also home to 15,000 medieval artifacts of the Republic of Ragusa with many paintings of Venetian or Dalmatia artists. 

The bell tower at Loggia Square 


The bell tower at Loggia Square was built in 1444 with a bronze bell weighing more than 2 tons placed on a 31m high tower. The two sides are two wooden men statues to ring the bell. After the earthquake, the bell tower was tilted toward Stradun Road and completely destroyed in 1928. The bell tower was later restored with Renaissance architecture and the statue of two wooden statues were replaced by bronze ones. 

By: Emily Garcia

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