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On the northern side of Luza Square is the monumental Sponza (Divona, Fondik). It was built in the period 1515-1522, in the transitional style from Gothic to Renaissance, according to the designs by Paskoje Milicevic; the stone-masonry was done by Nikola and Josip Andrijic. It was used as the customs house (therefore occasionally called Divona), mint, national treasury, bank and fondaco (office for goods evaluation). It was also the seat of the Dubrovnik academies during…
Location: west entrance to Old CityBuilt: 14. centuryMarked for: built on 37 meter high cliff 4 – 12 meters thich walls carved subscripion “Freedom should not be sold for any gold in the world” Served as: protection fortress; prisonCurrently serves: for theater performances and various events   The location of the fort Lovrjenac is as specific as the Fort itself. If you view it from above you will notice its position on the western side outside the…
Location: Stradun; Luža Square Built: between 1705 and 1717 Style: Baroques style Architect: Marino Gropelly Marked for: artfacts including gold-plated silver statue of St. Blaise stained glass stairs   The Church of St. Blaise is situated in the heart of the City, in the most beautiful street in the world and the main artery of Dubrovnik - Placa, called Stradun for its size. Dedicated to the patron saint of Dubrovnik, the church has symbolized the…
Placa, the main street of Dubrovnik, was formed after the shallow sea that separated the settled island from the mainland was filled in between the 10th and 11th centuries. The spatial layout of the Placa today was determined by construction regulations dating back to 1296. The Venetians named the famous Placa “Augmentary Stradun”, roughly translated as “uličetina” (Broadway). Placa is 298 metres long. In 1360, it was laid with bricks, and in 1468 and 1901,…
Orlando’s Column in Dubrovnik portrays the legendary figure Roland, the main character of the most important literary work dating back to the Middle Ages, the Chanson de Roland. The story of Roland came to Dubrovnik via Italy. It was immediately tied to the conflict between Dubrovnik and the Saracen pirate Spucente, who was supposedly defeated by Roland near the island of Lokrum. Orlando’s Column was also a column of freedom, a symbol of Dubrovnik’s independence,…
At the entrance gate to the Old Town from the west there is a stone bridge within two Gothic arches, designed by Paskoje Milicevic (1471). That bridge ends at another bridge, wooden drawbridge which used to be pulled up every evening. Above the bridges, over the arch, the statue of city patron , St Blase (Sv. Vlaho) is set.
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