ATTRACTIONS

Dubrovnik’s ancient city centre, surrounded by magnificent walls, has kept the traces of the time and culture of one nation. The walls, which conceal many beauties and jewels, are themselves Dubrovnik’s greatest attraction. You will be enchanted by this unique place when you stay in Dubrovnik.
You will be enchanted by the tower that rises above the walls and has protected the city for years, the monastery and church that houses a large library with works of invaluable cultural and historical value, and the castle, palace, streets, squares and port.
In 1929, the legendary George Bernard Shaw wrote "those who are looking for paradise on earth should visit Dubrovnik”. Come and see if he was right.

1. City walls
Dubrovnik’s most important feature and the most visually dominant symbol of the town; an impressive Middle Age construction where the corner towers of Minčeta, Revelin, Bokar and Sveti Ivan create the city’s famous historical shield.


2. Rector’s Palace
"Obliti privatorum publica curate” or "Forget your private business, concern yourself with public affairs”. This remarkable inscription can be found above the entrance of the Rector’s Palace, the most important public building in Dubrovnik and a site that was once the government headquarters and the Rector’s residence.



3. Stradun (Placa)

Dubrovnik’s main street, the city "artery”. It has two fountains designed by Onofrio at either end that were built in the 15th century.



4. Sponza Palace

The oldest multimedia building in Dubrovnik, built in 1520 in a mixed late gothic and renaissance style. It used to be a storage and customs building [Divon], and is now the State Archive where the most important documents about Dubrovnik’s history are kept.



5. Franciscan Monastery of the Friars Minor
Built in 1317under the city ramparts near Minčeta. Part of the monastery contains a very rich library that has a large number of preserved manuscripts of invaluable cultural and historical value. Asides from the ancient library, the monastery has also got one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe (1317).



6. Dominican monastery

The oldest monastery in Dubrovnik (1225) is an extremely valuable historical building, and also houses an important treasury of ancient Dubrovnik artwork, including 239 incunabula.



7. St. Blaise church

The patron saint of Dubrovnik. This majestic church is located at the intersection of two main thoroughfares, where public gatherings in Dubrovnik are held – ‘Placa’ and ‘pred dvorom’. It was built by the Venetian architect and sculptor M. Gropelli at the beginning of the 18th century.



8. Old port

Another witness of the times, once the main trading and maritime hub, today a picturesque part of Dubrovnik.



9. Dubrovnik cathedral

The Baroque cathedral was built between 1673 and 1713 and was designed by the Italian architect Buffalini on the site of the Roman cathedral that was heavily damaged in the earthquake. The people of Dubrovnik named it ‘Gospa Velika’.



10. Orlando’s column

Located in the centre of Dubrovnik. The fact that for four centuries the flag of freedom of the Republic of Dubrovnik flew on it makes it one of the most important symbols of Dubrovnik’s independence and freedom.