Dubrovnik also known as the pearl of the Adriatic Venice is one of the most beautiful and impressive cities in Croatia and the Dalmatian coast. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1979 has a spectacular over the sea wall that protects the Old Town.
Dubrovnik is the pearl of Croatia
Photography by Michael Cavén
A little history:
Dubrovnik a city that was founded in the seventh century, had in the fifteenth and sixteenth century splendor competing with Venice as the first port on the Adriatic. Although during the war in Yugoslavia suffered heavy attacks, the city is completely rebuilt and is once again the city with more tourists from the Adriatic.
Dubrovnik was born from the union of a city on a Dalmatian island was a refuge for Roman villa Epidarurum and Slavic Dubrava. Weakened the Byzantine Empire, the city could enjoy broad autonomy. A mid-twelfth century the city was temporarily subjected to Split, but in 1204, after the Croats conquered Constantinople, Dubrovnik and its region were put under the protection of the Republic of Venice, and it was not until 1403 that became independent the name of the Republic of Ragusa. The Republic stood out for its trade in the Adriatic competing with Venice, but in 1667 a devastating earthquake completely destroyed the city, which was rebuilt in around what is now the main street of the old city and also built two ports. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries learned to play the rivalry with the Ottoman Empire and Venice but they ended up weakening it economically. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the city was taken over by Italy, Austria and Hungary until the early twentieth century was annexed to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and in 1941 the state of Croatia. In 1991 Croatia became independent from Yugoslavia and the Serbs shelled the city in 1991 and 1992. With the help of UNESCO, the old city and other damaged sites were restored Dubrovnik.
All these influences have no doubt that the city of Dubrovnik has a charm and a special magic that invite the traveler to cross it again and again. A promenade runs recommend is that its walls. We also suggest a visit to the island of Lokrum, from where the view of the orange roofs of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic make visitors understand why Dubrovnik is the pearl of the Adriatic. There are also numerous islands near Dubrovnik in which you can dip, hiking or routes to discover the reality of the Adriatic.
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Do not forget to discover and stroll along 2 km of the wall and some of its Renaissance buildings that remained after the earthquake, as the palace Sponza. In Dubrovnik we also highlight the festival on February 3 (San Blas has its equivalence to San Marco in Venice) and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival held in July and August in the city and has become one of the cultural festivals most important in the area.
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Dubrovnik offers us in every sunset breathtaking views from the cathedral of San Blas. If you have any pictures, send it!