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In 7th century Latin refugees from Epidaurum (today's Cavtat) established their settlement at the rock Laus. Later on Slavs built their settlement opposite of the rock Laus, at the foot of Mount Srđ and named…
The name Dubrovnik has its origin in the Croatian word Dubrava, meaning oak, since the Mount Srđ featured a dense oak forest called Dubrava. Until the 12th century, the city was named Ragusa – Rausa…
From its establishment the town was under the protection of the Byzantine Empire that helped Dubrovnik in the wars against Saracens (886-887), Bulgaro-Macedonians (988), and Serbs (1184). After Crusades Dubrovnik came under the sovereignty of…
The famous inscription in the Rector's Palace “Obliti privatorum, publica curate" ("Forget about personal things, take care about the public”), was the motto towards which every nobleman should strive in the conduct of public affairs.…
Dubrovnik enacted its own Statute as early as 1272, by codifying which, among others, codified Roman practice and local customs. The Statute included the town planning and regulations of quarantine (hygienic reasons). The Republic of…
As it had good relations with its neighbors Dubrovnik was allowed to trade trading both in the Orient and the Mediterranean. With lots of countries and towns it had special agreements and was not paying…
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