More about Old town Dubrovnik
Old town Dubrovnik is a historic Croatian city with a huge aesthetic appeal to it. It is located on the Adriatic Sea. Earlier Dubrovnik was known as Ragusa. The old town Dubrovnik is a magically attractive tourism destination of the country. Dubrovnik also holds a title of a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979. The top view of the town is a famous building with red tiled roofs. This place is perfect for the sightseeing of historical monuments and structures. By taking a walk along the fortresses walls, tourists capture the captivating view of the Adriatic Sea and the beautiful, serene, islands in its surroundings. The scenic beauty of this place is simply beyond words. This is a magnificent place with forts which surround the Old Town and protect it. It’s a different world in itself.
Stradun is the main street of this place. This pedestrian street of about 300 meters long stretch through the town is phenomenal. This street run joins the Pile Gate of the west to the Ploce gate of the east. Each of these ends has beautiful looking fountains on both places which stand there since the 15th century. In the earthquake of 1667, the old town Dubrovnik saw most of its building totally destroyed. The houses along the street used to be misaligned before that earthquake but just after the earthquake a law was passed following which the layout of the whole city was prepared and obeyed by all future residential buildings made in that town and along the Stradun street. The strikingly aligned and perfectly designed layout of today’s Dubrovnik is the result of that law. All the 17th-century houses follow the same pattern and have its signature red-tiled roofs which make a beautiful uniform top view of the town. The law strictly controls all the constructions here now. The buildings have green shutters. Along the street Stradun, most of the historic monuments of old town Dubrovnik can be found. This is why it makes such a popular tourist place.
Fun Fact: One of the most attractive scenes of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” movie was shot at the main street Stradun.
There are various markets, cafes, and restaurants along the old town which are loved by tourists. The churches, palaces like Rector’s Palace and Minceta Tower (a fortress) and museums are also there.
Minceta Tower dates back to the 14th century. It is strategically located on the highest point in the town. This is the perfect point for the panoramic view of the whole city and sea and island.
The city was largely involved with Maritimes trade in its past and was very prosperous. This city traded for silver. The richness and prosperity allowed the city to develop very well in the 15th and 16th century. It was destroyed a couple of times but then it managed to re-emerge every time while maintaining its beauty and appeal to the tourists from all over the world.
Due to the ancient historical views the old town proudly owns, it has been the target for many film-makers and movie shootings have been done for the very famous TV series of HBO channel, Game of Thrones. So, if you are a fan, then you will be able to notice many of the locations seen in the Game of Thrones series in the old town Dubrovnik. Robin Hood, Emerald city, James Bond, Star Wars The Last Jedi, Knight fall, Captain America, Ezel, The Trail, Twice-born, Casanova, The Secret Invasion are the few top movies out of many films shot here.
The ancient fairytale like aesthetic appeal of this town makes it a perfect destination. It owns the richness of the Croatian history preserved well. There are few streets which are very calm and peaceful to walk in.
The town is protected by old fort walls. The sea view from the medieval fortresses, Lovrijenac and Bokar are sure to make anyone feel awe-struck! Note that, the Dubrovnik old town is the world’s most preserved medieval city along with its fortresses.
The place has a rich history and had been occupied and ruled by Ostrogothic Kingdom, Byzantine Empire, and sovereignty of Venice etc. Dubrovnik used to have a Roman population in its old days. As the town is built on hills, so naturally it has a lot of steps and stairs. The old town has around 4,343 steps. They make the place uniquely charming.
As a bonus, there is no entrance fee to see this precious old town. It’s completely free to explore and enjoy! While to take the cable car to see the unforgettable top view, some are fee is charged, but it is totally worth paying for.