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Dubrovnik's main thoroughfare, Placa (more usually known as Stradun) runs right through the old city - and it is thronged with people, day and night. It's wide, white limestone paving is worn smooth with all the footsteps that have passed this way over the more than 500 years since it was first laid down. The street is lined with cafes and shops - magnets for the tourists that crowd the city every day. The charming shop fronts are a traditional design - a wide arch with a narrow door and window in a single frame that allows the door to be closed whilst the window remains open to the street. It's known as na koljeno ("like a knee") and is to be seen all over Croatia. As you would expect, most of the shops along here cater for tourists with a variety of souvenirs, jewellery, boutiques and the like.

The lovely carved stone portal that opens in the long south wall of the the church of the Franciscan monastery flanking the street next to Sv Spasa Church just inside the Pile Gate, dates from 1498 and is the sole feature of the church to have survived the great earthquake of 1667. Take a few minutes to look in on its cool grey and white interior before you continue down the street.

At its end, Stradun opens out into the main square, Luza, which is dominated by the city's Bell Tower. If I were you at this point, I'd take a seat at one of the numerous cafes in the square - the perfect spot for some serious people-watching and a cool refreshing drink - sightseeing and shopping is thirsty work.

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  • Updated Aug 31, 2006
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