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  • Placa - Dubrovnik
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Placa (Stradun) is the real heart of Dubrovnik, it is the main open urban area and gathrering place for its citizens and visitors. It is the main business street but also the most favoured promenade. Like no other place in the world, Placa divides the old city into northern and southern halves. At the same time, it is the shortest communication in between Pile Gate and the Old Port.
The street was constructed at the end of 11th century when the shallow channel separating the islet of Lava and the mainland. The name Placa is derived from the Greek and Latin "Platea", which is translated as street. The name Stradun comes from Venetian mocking and it is ironical name for the big street.
The Senate of the Republic had ruled that every house which facing Placa must be of unified construction, built exculevely by the stone and of equal height. Also, every house should have space for several shops on the ground floor. Although pretty modest and simple with clean stone walls in construction, this complex cannot be denied the harmony in its simplicity.

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  • Written Aug 6, 2011
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