The Best of Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik Old Town is a stunning township made of paved narrow alleys, stone ancient palaces and building and surrounded by a massive fortification. It made its place into UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, but its uniqueness lies in the fact that it has been continuously inhabited (till now!) since 7th century. It is a pedestrian area, and therefore, no cars or buses or even cycles are allowed in. In the last post we have already covered how to reach this amazing place, so today we will look into the most amazing places tucked away in this Adriatic goldmine!

Sponza Palace
Sponza Palace

Sponza Palace (Palača Sponza): It is also called Divona, is a 16th-century palace and served as a place for. At one point of time it was a mint, an armoury and also the treasury! When you visit this place search for the inscription “Fallere nostra vetant et falli pondera. Meque pondero cum merces ponderat ipse deus”, which means, “Our weights do not permit cheating. When I measure goods, God measures with me.” Presently, Sponza Palace is city’s archive and have documents as old as of 11th century!

Rector's Palace
Rector’s Palace

Rector’s Palace (Knežev dvor): Rector’s Palace shot into limelight when it became part of the landscape ‘Game of Thrones’ Series! This palace was originally the seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa between the 14th and 19th century. It was also housed the armoury, prison and the the watch house! The History Department of Dubrovnik Museum operates from here.

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St. Saviour Church

St. Saviour Church (Crkva sv. Spasa): This is a small church tucked away in a quite street of the Dubrovnik’s Old Town. The main facade with the three-leaf semicircular top is a beautiful reminiscence of bygone era. {That’s us, posing off to glory!!} The interior of the church is not very ornamental and a bit dark… the light seeps in through the glass panels in the front and in the roof sides. Its quite an amazing experience…

 

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Church of Saint Blaise

Church of Saint Blaise (Crkva Svetog Vlaha): This church built in the earlier part of 17th century and took over 7 years to build. Its wide staircase and terrace is used by visitors to sit and enjoy the life in the ‘Old Town’. The church interior is widely decorated with murals, paintings, and colourful artefacts.

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The Dominican Monastery can be seen in the background along with its different wings.

Dominican Monastery: It is located near Sponza Palace. It dates back from 14th century  and has beautiful stairways, Gothic cloister, arches, columns, etc. It also house a museum that displays numerous paintings, writings, scriptures, artefacts, etc. The museum has a entrance fee of 15 Kuna.

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Illustration from dubrovnik-travel website of the main area of Old Town

Stradun (Placa): This is the nerve centre of the whole place and its Main Street. It  stretches from Pile Gate (western entrance) to the Old Town’s port. Apparently, this was a channel that divided the small island on which Dubrovnik was built from the mainland, but later on it was filled to create the main street. However, this is a information I read in the web and couldn’t verify. Stradun is very crowded and lined with numerous cafes and restaurants. Honestly speaking, I found it very loud and touristy and therefore, escaped to the narrower streets and alleys.

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The striking narrow streets in the Dubrovnik Old Town

I would strongly suggest you to stroll around this less frequented alleys and streets because its so enchanting! This stoned paths are lined with lived-in houses, flower-laden balconies and quite restaurants. Absolutely brilliant!

The Dubrovnik Old Town had been part of my bucket list for a long, long time and visiting it was an amazing experience. This is a place that will make you want to come back again and again. So, till I visit this lived-in 2500 year-old town again, it will continue in my memories as a beautiful experience…

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