Dubrovnik Sights and Landmarks Guide, Croatia
Dubrovnik Sights – The Most Important Cathedrals and Monasteries Situated in the south part of Dalmatia, 116 miles from Split and 192 miles from Zadar, Dubrovnik stands for both a touristic seaside resort and a historical and cultural destination that has many things to offer to all those interested in clear sea water, sun, sand and important cultural sights all year round but especially from spring till autumn when most of the tourists come. So, there are a lot to be seen while being in a city like Dubrovnik, a touristic destination that has a great geographical position which made it an important seaport at the Adriatic Sea improving the trade and the maritime activities along the centuries. Dubrovnik Sights is meant to underline the most significant sights that exist in the city and we are going to start the list with “the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin”, constructed in a baroque style at the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century. It contains many religious paintings, the most admired being the polyptych of the Assumption of the Virgin, the relics of St. Blaise and other 138 reliquaries made of gold and silver.
The Dubrovnik Synagogue dating from the 15th century is the 2nd oldest in Europe, which really makes it an attractive sight.
“The Dominican Monastery” is considered an historic complex that has both religious and artistic aspects that are well integrated. It was built during 3 centuries, from the 13th till the 16th with the contribution of the famous Italian sculptor Masa di Bartolomeo who designed it in Renaissance Style while the wall from the southern part of the monastery has gothic elements as well brought to light by another Italian called Bonino di Jacop.
One of the most visited sights in Dubrovnik is “The Franciscan Monastery”, situated near St. Savior Church and built in 1317 in a Gothic-Renaissance style with a large number of paintings and an exterior looking like a fortress. In the interior there is a single-naved church with one alterpiece.
The Franciscan Monastery also functions as a museum and there can be found a rich library with a worthy collection of manuscripts, and a pharmacy that functions since 1317 and it is considered today as being one of the oldest in Europe.
Dubrovnik Sights – The City Walls
Dubrovnik Sights would not be complete without mentioning “The City Walls of Dubrovnik” the landmark of this town that can be noticed on every postcard. These walls that were built during the 13th and the 16th centuries have been very well preserved till today.
Being a top European cultural heritage, the city walls surround the city centre for a distance of around 2 km.
Dubrovnik Sights – Other Important Attractions
Besides the Ethnographic Museum, that since the 16th century displays exhibits referring to agriculture, there is also The Luza Square Clock Tower, an interesting attraction dating from the 15th century. The bell tower and the 2 figures made of bronze and placed inside of it are to be admired in this tower. The Onofrio Fountain supplies water to the market that is placed in the same square and “The Fortress of Revelin” as its name says is a construction built for defense purposes.
The Old Town itself is a historical place, with the main street Stradun, the Sponza Palace, the Pillar of Orlando, the Ducal Palace, the Baroque church of St. Blasius who is the patron saint of Dubrovnik, all of them represent true beauty in a city that is without doubt the synonym of Croatia.
You should stay at least a week in Dubrovnik to take a full advantage of this UNESCO World Heritage destination and also enjoy the sunshine on Lapad Bay and the beaches nearby to say as a conclusion that Dubrovnik is a wonderful resort town along the Dalmatian coast that is definitely worth being visited.
Situated in Croatia’s far south, Dubrovnik is a coastal city that is among the country’s most popular visitor destinations. A wealth of historical sights are on offer, including St John's Fort and Fort Revelin, St Saviour’s Church, the old Franciscan church and the Onofrio’s fountains. The magnificent Sponza Palace, built in late Gothic and Renaissance styles, is a must-see with few visitors not in awe of its 16th century architectural splendour. Literary buffs should be sure to include a visit to the house of Croatian author, Marin Drzic.
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