Dubrovnik Tourist Attractions
he historical nucleus of Dubrovnik is often referred to as an open-air museum as every building and all cultural attractions within the Old Town is a manifestation of a certain period in its rich history.
What to see in Dubrovnik
Among Dubrovnik attractions the greatest one is undoubtedly the city walls. With the total length of 1940 m, they were added and strengthened between the 12th and 17th centuries to reach the thickness of 4 to 6 m and the height of 25 m at certain key points. Among the most significant forts are the highest Minceta tower and St John's Fort that houses the Maritime Museum and the famous Dubrovnik Aquarium. You can enrich your Dubrovnik vacations with exploring its excellent collection of Adriatic fishes, corals, sea horses and urchins. The detached Revelin Fortress is close to the eastern Ploce Gate and the nearby Bell Tower with a 15th century clock. The two more famous forts are Lovrijenac and Bokar located at the western Pile Gate that leads to Dubrovnik's main street called Stradun. Fort Lovrijenac bears the city's motto inscribed above its portal that reads "Freedom is not sold for all the gold in the world".
Stradun opens and ends with the larger and smaller Onofrio's fountains and between them there are some of the most outstanding attractions to be admired during one's Dubrovnik vacations. The picturesque 16th century St Saviour's church neighbours on the Franciscan monastery remarkable for its 3rd oldest European pharmacy dating from 1317. The monastery's library and museum contain precious books and works of art. Another famous Dubrovnik attractions are the splendid 16th century Gothic-Renaissance Sponza Palace currently used to keep the City Archives and the Baroque church of St Blaise located at the end of Stradun. Facing the church there rises the Orlando's Column erected in 1418 and used as a flagpole to hoist a banner at important events.
Other gorgeous buildings to include in the sightseeing program of your Dubrovnik vacations are the finest Baroque Cathedral and its Treasury with valuable reliquaries, paintings and church utensils. One of the frequently visited Dubrovnik attractions is the Rector's Palace a marvellous Gothic structure that nowadays houses the Museum of History and Culture. One of the richest collections of jewellery, paintings, manuscripts can be found at the Dominican monastery constructed in 1315. To have a look at the old icons painted between the 15th and 19th centuries one has to visit the Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Dubrovnik also has its own Synagogue in Prijeko Street that is among the oldest in Europe.
Your Dubrovnik vacations will definitely gain by a visit to other salient architectural complexes, such as the Lazarettos, the 17th century church of St Ignatus, the three arches of the Great Arsenal at the harbour. The interesting old collections of local items are housed in the Ethnographic Museum at the Rupe Granary and in the Sigurata Convent Museum. The famous Dubrovnik art galleries include the Gallery of Modern Art, the Sebastian Gallery, the War Photo Ltd.
- Dubrovnik festivals and cultural events are a staggering success with the public every year.
- Dubrovnik restaurants and cafe bars serve natural traditional food, both healthy and tasty.
- The nightlife in Dubrovnik gives a peculiar edge and some special thrill to the daytime adventures.
- Dubrovnik beaches and warm waters encourage sunbathers to make a Dubrovnik travel as early as in April.
- Dubrovnik sports facilities for amateur and professional sports are among the best on the Adriatic.