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Old City of Dubrovnik

The Old City of Dubrovnik is located on a small peninsula surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. During the Middle Ages, Dubrovnik was dominated by Venice and Hungary, it became part of Austria in the 19th century. After WWI, the city  became part of former Yugoslavia. Nowadays, Dubrovnik is a city in Croatia. Dubrovnik is renowned for its defensive city walls and fortresses. The city walls of the Old City of Dubrovnik were built in the 10th and 13th century. The city walls surround most of the old city and are considered the most complete in Europe. The Minceta Tower is the highest point of the walls and the symbol of the unconquerable city of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik was heavily damaged during the war (1991-1995). After the war, Dubrovnik has been restored to its former beauty. Dubrovnik is also known as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. The City of Dubrovnik is located on the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. The Old City of Dubrovnik gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

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Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The St. Lawrence Fortress or Lovrijenac (on the left hand side) was built in the 11th century. Fort Bokar (on the...

Old City of Dubrovnik: The St. Lawrence Fortress or Lovrijenac (on the left hand side) was built in the 11th century. Fort Bokar (on the right hand side) is probably the oldest casemented fortress in Europe. Fort Bokar was built in 1461-1463 and is the keypoint in the defense of the Pile Gate. The Old City of Dubrovnik gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

  1. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The St. Lawrence Fortress or Lovrijenac (on the left hand side) was built in the 11th century. Fort Bokar (on the...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The St. Lawrence Fortress or Lovrijenac (on the left hand side) was built in the 11th century. Fort Bokar (on the right hand side) is probably the oldest casemented fortress in Europe. Fort Bokar was built in 1461-1463 and is the keypoint in the defense of the Pile Gate. The Old City of Dubrovnik gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

  2. Old City of Dubrovnik - The Old City of Dubrovnik is located on a small peninsula surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. The seaside walls of Dubrovnik are much smaller than the...

    The Old City of Dubrovnik is located on a small peninsula surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. The seaside walls of Dubrovnik are much smaller than the walls on the landside because the seaside is also protected by high cliffs. The walls form an unbroken circle around the old city, they have a length of about 1,940 metres.

  3. Old City of Dubrovnik - The Old City of Dubrovnik is completely surrounded by defensive walls and fortresses. The city walls of Dubrovnik were built in the 10th...

    The Old City of Dubrovnik is completely surrounded by defensive walls and fortresses. The city walls of Dubrovnik were built in the 10th and 13th centuries. The walls reach a height of about 25 metres. The city walls of Dubrovnik are considered one of the most complete in Europe. The Old City of Dubrovnik was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

  4. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The Minceta Tower was built in 1463. The Minceta Tower is the highest point of the walls of the Old City of Dubrovnik, the...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The Minceta Tower was built in 1463. The Minceta Tower is the highest point of the walls of the Old City of Dubrovnik, the tower is the symbol of the unconquerable city of Dubrovnik. The old city is completely surrounded by medieval defensive walls and forts.  It is possible to take a stroll atop the entire length of the walls and climb the Minceta Tower. 

  5. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The defensive city walls, the Dominican Monastery and Revelin Fortress. The Dominican Monastery lies behind the city walls...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The defensive city walls, the Dominican Monastery and Revelin Fortress. The Dominican Monastery lies behind the city walls of Dubrovnik. The Dominican Monastery was restored after a heavy earthquake in 1667. The 14th century monastery church holds one of the largest painted crucifixes in Europe, it is about 5 metres tall.

  6. Old City of Dubrovnik - The defensive stone walls of the Old City of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik was damaged during the war (1991-1995), little of Dubrovnik was left untouched....

    The defensive stone walls of the Old City of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik was damaged during the war (1991-1995), little of Dubrovnik was left untouched. After the war, the restoration of Old City of Dubrovnik took several years. Walking along the walls of Dubrovnik, you can see some old roofs from before the war and a lot of new roofs from after the war.

  7. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The fortified complex of the Pile Gate. The Pile Gate is the main gate of the walled city of Dubrovnik. The...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The fortified complex of the Pile Gate. The Pile Gate is the main gate of the walled city of Dubrovnik. The gate was defended by Fort Bokar and a moat. The Pile Gate consists of two separate city gates, an outer gate and an inner gate, built in 1460. The gate was used as a film location for the film series the Game of Thrones.

  8. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The Big Fountain of Onofrio viewed from the city walls of Dubrovnik. The Big Fountain of Onofrio was built between...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The Big Fountain of Onofrio viewed from the city walls of Dubrovnik. The Big Fountain of Onofrio was built between 1438 and 1444. The fountain is part the water supply system of Dubrovnik. The fountain stands in front of the St. Saviour Church. The entrance to the city walls of the Old City of Dubrovnik is next to the St. Saviour Church.

  9. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The Dubrovnik Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary replaced an older cathedral that was completely destroyed...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The Dubrovnik Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary replaced an older cathedral that was completely destroyed by a ruinous earthquake in 1667. The present cathedral was completed in 1713. It houses several religious paintings. The main altar holds a painting by the Renaissance painter Titian, a version of the 'Assumption of the Virgin Mary'.

  10. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The 15th century Rector's Palace was the residence of the Rector of the Republic of Dubrovnik. Later, it housed an...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The 15th century Rector's Palace was the residence of the Rector of the Republic of Dubrovnik. Later, it housed an armoury, a powder magazine, a watch house and prison. It was built in the Gothic style, but it is decorated with Renaissance and Baroque style elements. Nowadays, the Rector's Palace houses a museum. It is sutuated on the Luža Square.

  11. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The 16th century Sponza Palace was a customs house and warehouse. The palace remained in public use until the 19th...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The 16th century Sponza Palace was a customs house and warehouse. The palace remained in public use until the 19th century. The palace survived the disastrous earthquake of 1667. The Clock Tower of Dubrovnik stands next to the Sponza Palace, the tower was rebuilt in 1928, it houses the original bell (2000 kg) from the original 15th century tower.

  12. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The Small Onofrio's Fountain was built in 1441. The fountain is located on Luža Square, near the Clock Tower...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The Small Onofrio's Fountain was built in 1441. The fountain is located on Luža Square, near the Clock Tower of Dubrovnik. The small fountain is part of the water supply system of Dubrovnik. The Small Onofrio's Fountain is located at the eastern end of the Stradun, the 300 metres long main street of the Old City of Dubrovnik.

  13. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The Fish Market and the Fish Market Gate are situated at the Old Port of Dubrovnik. The Fish Market Gate was built...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The Fish Market and the Fish Market Gate are situated at the Old Port of Dubrovnik. The Fish Market Gate was built in 1381. The historic Fish Market was damaged by an earthquake in 1979 and once again during the war (1991-1995). After the war, it was restored. The Old City of Dubrovnik was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

  14. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The City Harbour is one of the oldest parts of Dubrovnik. The arsenal with three arches was built in the 12th century. The...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The City Harbour is one of the oldest parts of Dubrovnik. The arsenal with three arches was built in the 12th century. The Revelin Fortress (on the right hand) was part of the defence system of the Ploce Gate.

  15. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The Ploce Gate is the second major entrance to the city. The Ploce Gate was built on the eastern side of the city in...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The Ploce Gate is the second major entrance to the city. The Ploce Gate was built on the eastern side of the city in 1628. On the right hand side the Revelin Fortress, the massive fortress was built in 1580, during the period of the Ottoman threat. The city walls of the Old City of Dubrovnik are the most complete in Europe.

  16. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The Ploce Gate consists of two separate gates, an inner gate (photo) and an outer gate, the gates were connected by a stone...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The Ploce Gate consists of two separate gates, an inner gate (photo) and an outer gate, the gates were connected by a stone bridge. During the Middle Ages Dubrovnik was dominated by Venice and Hungary, in the 19th century it became part of Austria. After WWI, it became part of former Yugoslavia, nowadays Dubrovnik is a city in Croatia.

  17. Old City of Dubrovnik - Old City of Dubrovnik: The St. John Fortress viewed from the Ploce Gate bridge. The fortress was built in the 14th century to defend the...

    Old City of Dubrovnik: The St. John Fortress viewed from the Ploce Gate bridge. The fortress was built in the 14th century to defend the harbour of Dubrovnik. The fortress was modified in the 15th and 16th centuries. Now, the fortress houses a maritime museum. The Lokrum Island on the Adriatic Sea lies in the background.