Dubrovnik has prospered within its walls for centuries. It was settled in the 7th century by residents of nearby Cavtat who fled when
We had read enough to know that we needed to begin our tour of
We made sure to look up so we could see the statue of the city’s patron saint, Sveti Vlaho or St. Blaise, done by famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic. We’ve seen so many of his works as we’ve worked our way down the Balkan states south from Slovenia.
Once inside the gate took a quick detour because we wanted to see a map that detailed the attack on Dubrovnik by rebel Serbs, volunteers from
Our walk on the City Walls: The walls are a series of defensive stone walls that have surrouded and protected the maritime city since the 7th century.
A view of Minceta Fortress, the highest point on the walls, that we saw at the end of our wall walk.
There were fabulous views of the old town terracotta roof tops, gardens, domes and spires from Bokar Fortress. The fort was built in 1461 when the city walls were being reconstructed. The construction of old limestone forts around the city began in the Eary Middle Ages at the end of the 8th century.
It was interesting following the kayakers as they too circled the walls but from far below us..
At some spots, the walls were only hip high which I found quite scary as there was as huge drop down to the
A good view of the walls:
Seeing the lovely tiled roofs as we walked the walls was a huge highlight.
We descended from the walls at 11 ready to discover the town at ground level.
Orlando’s Column aka Roland's Column: The carved figure of a knight represnts Roland, who is said to have helped Dubrovnik vanquish Saracen pirates in the 9th century. Although that is unlikely, the statue is a symbol of freedom and very important to the city. It was once used for public proclamations when citizens of Ragusa (the former name of the city) came to hear news and decrees and criminals were exhibited at its feet.
The Church of St. Blaise is named after the patron saint of Dubrovnik. Above the altar is the silver figure of St. Blaise who is paraded through the streets of the city on February 3rd every year. He is portrayed holding a scale model of how the city looked before its destruction in the 1667 earthquake.
The stained glass window was done by Dubrovnik's most famous modern artist.
The stall at the foot of the church steps sold fig salami and other delicacies. I am way more of a salami fan than Steven but that variation held no appeal for me at all.
The Palace's beautiful atrium is the venue for summer concerts by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.
This stall just outside the church sold some beautiful embroidered items.
The Jesuit St. Ignatius Church: The church was built between 1667 and 1725 and was modeled after Gesu, the mother church of the Jesuits in Rome.
We walked next to the Church of the Annunciation, a Serbian Orthodox church:
In the center was a huge well that was last used to supply water for the besieged city in 1991-92.
I thought I could see the church next but there was a museum initially.
One last look at the cloister which I found so peaceful. I wished Steven had been there too so we could have just stayed for a while.
Maximilain's Botanic Gardens:
The biggest rabbit I've seen!
All that remains of the many sacral buildings on Lokrum is the Church of the Our Lady of the Annunciation which was built at the end of the 16th century and later renovated by Archduke Maximilian.
What can I tell you? I liked seeing the peacocks and rabbits!
We began walking next to the Lazaretto. In the 14th century, Europe was plagued by the so-called Black Death. Dubrovnik authorities, however, could not afford to shut down trade by isolating the port and the town from the rest of the world so they instituted a 40 day quarantine before anyone could visit the town. The Town Senate decided to build the quarantine on the northern side of Lokrum in 1534. This quarantine, aka Lazaretto, was never completed but its remains show the attempt to this day.
The donkeys were in the quarantine area. We had hardly seen a soul for the last hour or so and certainly none of the park rangers we had been told about. If we had, I would have been curious to know why there were donkeys there.
Ahh - the last peacock shot. Boo hiss!
The Cross of Triton from our boat ride back to Dubrovnik.
You can certainly get a good sense of how massive the City Walls are from this angle.