Dubrovnik, Croatia (History & Architecture)

Placa Main Street Night Dubrovnik Croatia
Placa (Main Street) at Night 
- Dubrovnik, Croatia
Old Town Dubrovnik Croatia
Stari Grad (Old Town) - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Pat dunlap Pile Gate Dubrovnik Croatia
Pat on Pile Gate - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Placa Main Street at Night Dubrovnik Croatia
Placa (Main Street) at Night 
- Dubrovnik, Croatia
Map Bomb Damage Recent Civil War Dubrovnik croatia
Map of  Bomb Damage of Recent Civil War
- Dubrovnik, Croatia

Pat Wayne dunlap Placa Dubrovnik Croatia
Pat & Wayne Overlooking Stari Grad's Placa
- Dubrovnik, Croatia
Old Town Dubrovnik Croatia
Stari Grad (Old Town) - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Sponza Plaza Dubrovnik Croatia
Sponza Plaza - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Clock Tower Dubrovnik Croatia
Clock Tower - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Cathedral Dubrovnik Croatia
Cathedral - Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia - History & Architecture (6/26-7/2/2009)

Magnificent Dubrovnik! 

Dubrovnik is truly so wonderful it deserves two blog posts. For more about how fun it was to 'live' a week in wonderful Dubrovnik, please also see our other blog post: Croatia Dubrovnik - Living in Old Town.

This blog post focuses on the world famous beautiful architecture of Dubrovnik (see photos) - an UNESCO World Heritage site regarded by many as the most exquisite walled city in the world.

Rising directly from a wave-lapped limestone promontory, Dubrovnik's Stari Grad (Old Town), is ringed with 15th-century stone walls as much as 80 feet high and 20 feet thick. 

We walked along the 1.3 miles of city walls witnessing some spectacular views of terracotta roofs and the beautiful city. 

Dubrovnik's main street, Placa, a wide, marble-paved pedestrian-only street is lined with boutiques, cafes, and galleries. The cathedral is beautiful.

Some history... Dubrovnik is 1,000 years old and was once an independent city-state from 1358 to 1808 rivaling Venice in power and influence serving as a base for a large fleet of ships trading throughout Europe and the Middle East.

In the recent Yugoslavia civil war (1991-2) over 2,000 shells rained down on Dubrovnik hitting 68% of the 824 buildings in Dubrovnik's famous Old Town (see photo of the map of damage). 

Among other places, fire gutted nine historical buildings and palaces. The home we stayed in had the front blown out. 

Dubrovnik has been completely rebuilt and now shows well-done newer looking construction in places as evidence of this extensive damage. See if you can tell from the photos. 

Please also see our other blog post about wonderful Dubrovnik:  

Croatia Dubrovnik - Living in Old Town

And please also see our 4 other blog posts for Croatia’s beautiful Dalmatian coast and islands:

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  1. Dubrovnik really is a stunning city. I was astounded by the amount of damage that was done to the city during the war but the restoration has been incredible. The map showing the damage certainly puts it all into perspective. Walking the walls was one of the highlights of our stay there too!

  2. Definitely on my list of places to visit. Thanks for the photo inspiration!

  3. I've heard nothing but positive about Dubrovnik from everyone who has visited. I would love to visit Stari Grad.

  4. Gosh - another great post about Croatia and Dubrovnik. UNESCO sure is popular around these parts of Europe. I shall certainly have to go. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Dubrovnik is one of the places on my list so it was great to read about it. I love the looks of Stari Grad and the places in Croatia remind me a bit of Tuscany.

  6. Your words and photos have made me eager for my end of April trip to Dubrovnik. I, too, will be lucky enough to stay almost a week.


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