"A Lovely Village Inside a Wall" Dubrovnik by BruceDunning

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UNESCO Made a Good Desicion to Commemorate It

We spent 3 days here and enjoyed every moment for the beauty from afar and inside the walls. This is a UNESCO designated site, and for good reason since it is so well preserved from the past. They have signage and home restrictions to maintain the old town look. The basic structure is intact as it looked maybe back in the 15th-16th century when it was at its peak in maritime trading. There was an extensive renovation program in 1800's to bring the town back to life and draw tourism. It was nearly all destroyed in 1667 earthquake and languished after that.
The first estimate of creating the village on the hill mount and the walls for protection was around 7th century. The building of the wall and defenses continued through the 18th century.
Dubrovnik is called the "Pearl of the Adriatic", because of its wonderful preserved/rebuilt structures and the ornate buildings as well as the monuments of churches and palaces.
The name is/was Ragusa(Italian) and had many ties to Italy as well as Latins that were the elite in the trade business. Eventually the Croats moved into control.

The walls are to Hold Them Back

Impressive walls surround the whole town/village and has been a valuable asset for protection over the centuries. The walls are 1 1/4 miles around the town, and in some areas are 80 feet high, and 12-18 feet thick at strategic places. A moat protected the land side in the past. Construction began in 7th century but the main today structure is 14th-16th centuries. The army to defend the town was only around 450 men for most times. They have not had great success in keeping attackers out over the years, but do provide some impediment to easy entry to the town. Last time of being under attack was the struggle/war during the Yugoslavia break up, and the Serbs/JNA army held siege for 7 months, and destroyed a lot inside, besides some deaths. Rebuilding form 1995-2005 took place to restore to original condition.
Some notable times of occupation was 1806 by Napoleon, then over to Austria 1815-1921, and later the Italians and Germans during WWII. Looking at the town today, you would not think of such tragedy and control.

A Town for All to View

There are elegant buildings all along this main street, and obviously it is the primary focus for all the sites from end to end, and even around a corner, or two. Shops prevail, and some eateries are available to partake a leisurely sip/swallow of coffee or a beer (pivo), and watch the crowds go by. It most likely is difficult to stroll at your own pace when cruise ships drop off a couple of thousand passengers off each ship, or more constraining would be the summer months that only adds to the numbers on the streets.
With only around 43,000 residents, most must be in the retail service to feed and sell goods to the tourists.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A wonderful setting of beauty and splendor of old
  • Cons:Tourists and cruise ships could deluge this place with numbers
  • In a nutshell:A great place to wander around and enjoy the sites and smells
  • Last visit to Dubrovnik: May 2010
  • Intro Updated May 25, 2010
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  • dengram's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    It looks like a very nice fairytale setting. Great job of comments and pictures

  • dengram's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    It looks like a very nice fairytale setting. Great job of comments and pictures

  • dengram's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    It looks like a very nice fairytale setting. Great job of comments and pictures

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    It's strange; we often visited Italy or Greece but never visited the in-between countries. We should think of following your steps before "the final trip above the clouds".

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Your page on Dubrovnik brings back memories of my visit here during a cruise so long ago. I do remember the walls protecting the city. Nice page Bruce.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Excellent page! Dream to visit Croatia (it's in my wishlist) and Dubrovnik someday…

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Bruce, thanks for checking out my Dubrovnik tips. Yours are quite nice and extensive. My Pile gate photo has a cannon in the opening above the statue of St. Blaise. Did yours?

  • Kaspian's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    "fish heads and eyeballs for a treat"??! Nice! ...Santorini had the same problems for me--I absolutely adored it until the cruise ships pulled in. It would switch from Heaven to Hell within an hour. :(

  • MikeBird's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Bruce, If we get to Dubrovnik dont think we'll bother with a hire car - thanks for the advance notice. Mike

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Bruce, fantastic page with outstanding photos. Your page brings back memories of our time in Dubrovnik a couple of years ago. We also went there in off-season, but the old town was still packed with people.


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