Culture & History Tour
900,00 HRK (120 €) base price + 60,00 HRK (8 €) per person
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Croatian
Included: guiding services, entrance ticket to the Dominican Monastery
Exploring the Croatian Athens
Our Dubrovnik walking tour starts at Pile Gate, the western entrance into the Old Town. But we’re not going to enter – yet! Let’s first catch sight of the massive St. Lawrence Fortress, built on a 37 metre high rock. Mamma mia, this is the Gibraltar of Dubrovnik! The famed inscription “Freedom is not to be sold, not for all the gold of the world” is carved above the entrance to the fortress. But how did the Dubrovnik Republic manage to preserve its freedom? After all, the Dubrovnik state was so Lilliputian on the map of the Gulliver’s medieval world…
From Pile Gate over Stradun
After passing through the inner Pile Gate with its Gothic arch, we’ll suddenly be treading the main street, Placa, commonly known as Stradun. You’ll be struck by the shininess of its limestone. It’s so shiny your shoes can see their faces in it. The Stradun starts and finishes with fountains, the Large Onofrian Fountain and the Small Onofrian Fountain. On the left, squeezed between the City Walls and the Franciscan Monastery, the Renaissance Church of the Holy Saviour protects the town from earthquakes…
The journey of discovery
Our route will take us to one of fourteen steep streets leading to the northern wall. As we climb the steps, the view over the terracotta roofs opens up. All of a sudden, a basketball court leaps into view! Wow! Minčeta Tower stands tall behind it. Our journey of discovery continues beneath the city walls, through narrow streets where laundry is hung out to dry. We’ll pass through the Buža Gate (literally the hole in the wall) to walk also along the outside wall in order to explore the Revelin Fortress whose main function was to protect the town against attack from the land…
So many sights in such a small area
We are now in front of the eastern entrance into the Old Town, Ploče Gate. The Revelin Fortress is incorporated into its outer gate. From here, we can see the picturesque Old Port, the monolithic St. John Fortress, and the three archways which are all that remain of the former arsenal. Today, the arsenal is a favourite place for cats that look indifferently at the colourful tourist crowds… To reach the Dominican Monastery, we’ll climb the steps where the balustrade is blocked up at the bottom so that women’s ankles would be hidden from prying eyes. Then, we’ll enter the Gothic-Renaissance cloister of the Dominican Monastery, and visit a small museum which houses works from the Dubrovnik School of the 15th and the 16th centuries.
The Cathedral, the Rector’s Palace, Luža Square, the Church of St. Blaise, patron saint of Dubrovnik, the Sponza Palace, the Orlando column – on this tour, you’ll not only see all the major sights of the Old Town, but you’ll also find out why the Dubrovnik Republic was a city-state far ahead of its time. By the way, why was it?
The last part of our Dubrovnik sightseeing tour includes the 16th-century town residences of the Dubrovnik aristocracy, the Jesuit steps, and Gundulić square where the market with stalls of fresh fruit and vegetables is held in the morning…
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