Saturday, February 16, 2013

Dubrovnik, "Pearl of the Adriatic"

Dubrovnik is a small city in Croatia, located on a small peninsula on the east Adriatic coast. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old part of the city is medieval and surrounded by a wall. The wall has several strong points(small forts) built into it. It is something over a mile in length, and is wide enough to be a pleasant stroll. No army ever breached Dubrovnik's walls. It is one of the few Adriatic ports that did not come under Venetian control.

Above is the old gate leading through the wall into the old city. As you can see below walking around the wall is very nice. It also affords wonderful views of the city, forts, harbor, etc.

Above is the Onofrio fountain, on a square just inside the main gate. It is still in use. Below is a roof line. The red tile is typical of all of Dubrovnik.

Above is Fort Lovrijenac, facing the Adriatic. Below is a view of the city, taken from virtually the same place as the above photo, turned 180 degrees.

Below is  a window with hanging wash and another photo showing windows and a back garden.

The photo below shows a strong point on the wall, probably a corner.

Below is an art or craft shop. This entrance is on top of the wall.

The photo above is from the wall looking up a typical narrow medieval street. The photo below is a window probably on a church.

Below is part of a church. Being up high on the wall gives a perspective that you can't get from street level.

Below is another of the wall's strong points, facing the sea.

More washing hanging up to dry.

Above is a view across the city. A church, the wall and a small fort are clearly visible. Below is a bell tower.

Below is a view of the small inner harbor.

Below is a lovely balcony.

I believe the roof shown below is part of a church.

The two photos below show churches.

The photo above is looking across the city towards the Adriatic. Dubrovnik was under siege by Serbian forces during the war that erupted after the breakup of Yugoslavia. Unfortunately it underwent heavy shelling. Most if not all the damage has been restored now, and to the conditions that existed prior to the war. As you look across the roofs, you will see some old tile and some brighter red new tile. At least some of the new is due to the Serbian shelling. The photo below is from the same spot, but turned to the right a bit to pick up the fort.

Here is another shot of the fort.

Below is one of the strong points or forts in the wall.

The rest of the photos are not taken from the wall. The first photo below is of a typical street. The second is of a door; I don't know where the door leads.

Here is another street followed by another door. I don't know what the door leads to, but it must be important or valuable since it is triple locked.

I found this window to be rather unique.

This is called the Franjo Tudman Bridge, and connects the Dubrovnik peninsula to the mainland.

The last photo is an island just off the coast. I have been unable to determine what its name is, if it even has one.

1 comment:

  1. Neat stones in the background of the hanging wash.