Named the Pearl of the Adriatic, the beautiful city of Dubrovnik offers plenty of tourist attractions that visitors can explore. Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century and was ruled over the centuries by the Venetians and Austrians, each of whom left his mark on today's appearance of the city. From the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 19th century, Dubrovnik was an independent city-republic, with a strong navy and significant international influence. The city experienced its greatest growth in the 15th and 16th centuries, which is reflected in Dubrovnik's impressive architecture and the Old Town being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The most important points of visit include a walk through the picturesque old streets and alleys during visits to excellent attractions such as the magnificent cathedral and treasury, the main street Stradun and many beautiful old palaces and forts.
To learn more about the best opportunities to see this amazing city, be sure to read our list of the most interesting tourist attractions in Dubrovnik:
1. City Bell Tower - an amazing high bell tower that is a symbol of the beginning of Stradun. By the bell, you can see Maro and Baro, two bronze twins who beat the bats every hour.
2. Small Onofrio's Fountain - a beautiful stone fountain is the work of the famous Onofrio della Cava after whom it was named. It is located on Stradun not far from the Great Onofrio's Fountain.
3. Great Onofrio's Fountain - located at the entrance to the old town, on Stradun. It is the work of the famous Onofrio della Cava, and symbolizes the completion of the construction of the waterworks. You can still enjoy drinking water today.
4. Orlando's Column - one of the main sights of Dubrovnik. The figure of the warrior Ronaldo who saved Dubrovnik is a symbol of freedom and Dubrovnik’s independence.
5. Church of St. Ignatius - an impressive building located on Boškovićeva poljana. The square is accessed by a monumental staircase from 1738, the work of Pietro Passalacqua. The church with a staircase is one of the recognizable symbols of the city.
6. Church of St. Blaise - the most famous Dubrovnik church built in honor of the patron saint of the city of Dubrovnik, St. Blaise, who saved the city from Venetian attacks.
7. Dubrovnik Cathedral – the seat of the famous Diocese of Dubrovnik with a rich treasury. The imposing stone church in its original form is one of the most famous buildings of the Old Town.
8. Sponza Palace - is one of the most beautiful and luxurious palaces in the city of Dubrovnik, dating from the 16th century. With its magnificent archive and beautiful architecture, it testifies to the wealth and rich culture of the old lords of Dubrovnik.
9. Rector's Palace - the seat of the government and the Rector of the Republic of Dubrovnik until the 19th century. Today it has the role of a cultural and historical museum that testifies to the history of Dubrovnik.
10. Revelin Fortress - a massive fortress built in the 16th century and located just outside the city walls to defend the entrance to the old city port.
11. Fortress Lovrijenac – just like the fortress Revelin, it is located outside the walls, and was built to protect the city of Dubrovnik from Venetian attacks, and in general to protect the sea approach to the city.
12. Bokar Fortress - one of the five most important towers on the city walls of Dubrovnik, built with the aim of facilitating artillery attacks. Today, there is a lookout here with an amazing view of the city.
13. Minсeta Fortress - one of the four fortresses within the Dubrovnik city walls and is a prominent point of Dubrovnik's defense system towards the mainland. Today, it is a kind of symbol of the city of Dubrovnik.
14. Fortress of St. John - is part of the city walls and its main role was to defend the city port. Today it houses an aquarium and a Maritime Museum.
15. City Walls - The old city of Dubrovnik is surrounded by city walls almost 2 km long for which it is known throughout the world. Throughout history, these walls have protected the city of Dubrovnik from enemies, and today they bring visitors from all over the world.
16. Old Town of Dubrovnik - under UNESCO protection as a World Heritage Site since 1979. Surrounded by massive walls, the Old Town holds all the world-famous sights of the city in the immediate vicinity. Admire this historic city walking through its Old Town.
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