27 best sights of Dubrovnik – descriptions and photos

24 most interesting places of Dubrovnik

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Let’s list the top 24 sights of Dubrovnik. After all, this city is considered a real gem of Croatia. More ancient houses and medieval buildings than in this settlement you will not find anywhere else. Almost every street, wall, building bears the imprint of history.

You don’t even have to buy a guidebook or a map to know where to go and what to see in Dubrovnik. It is enough just to go into the old part of the city and see everything you like. In fact, there are more than a hundred sights – historical, cultural, architectural, natural, religious, etc. But let’s list the most interesting and popular among visiting guests, which can be seen literally in 1 day.

Pile Gate

Pile Gates

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An old beautiful gate in the fortress wall. They were once the only entrance to the city from the land side. The stone and wooden bridges leading to them span a deep moat. There is a statue of St. Vlach above the entrance, and the gate itself is decorated with original frescoes and is considered a masterpiece of architecture. Not without reason, they have become a recognized symbol of Dubrovnik. From here you can begin a tour of the old town, and also climb the stairs to the fortress walls.

Stradun Street

This is the main square and pedestrian part of Dubrovnik, and not only tourists often go there for a walk, but also the citizens themselves. During the summer, there are street musicians, dancers, and open air festivals. Previously, this place was laid canal separating the two parts of town, but after a major earthquake in 1667, the authorities decided to lay out the street of stone. There used to be beautiful palaces along the canal, but after the destructive event a series of simpler and more modest houses were built on the street.

Onofrio Fountain

Onofrio Fountain

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As soon as you enter the main gate of Pile, the fountain is the first thing that opens your eyes. It is set right in the middle of the square and is its main decoration. In fact, this structure was once part of the city aqueduct through which clean drinking water entered Dubrovnik. Many of the ornamental elements were destroyed in the earthquake.

There are taps on the fountain in a circle, and water is constantly flowing from them. It is believed that if you touch each of them and at the end think of a wish, it will surely come true. Not without reason a lot of people always gather here.

Church of the Holy Savior

Church of Saint Spas

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Built on the same square next to the fountain. This is an old building, built at the beginning of the 16th century. The main architectural style is Gothic, but there are some Renaissance elements, which makes it stand out among other similar buildings. The church has been preserved in its original form as it survived the earthquake.

Ploce Gate

Ploce Gates

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They appeared much later than the Pile Gate, as it was necessary to create convenient crossings for the townspeople. It is situated on the east side of the old town. They tried to give them a similar look to the other structures, so they do not stand out from the general appearance. Above the entrance is the Asimon Tower, built in the XIV century. The gate connects the stone bridge leading to Dubrovnik and the Frana Supila Street.

Luža Square

Luža Square

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One of the central areas of the city, on which there are many ancient buildings. If you want to see the main buildings belonging to the XIII-XVI centuries, you can simply walk around the circle. Local residents often like to stroll here, and there are always a lot of tourists on the square. The most important object is the Orlando Column, on top of which is usually painted the white flag of the Republic.

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Church of St. Vlach

Located near the Luža square, it is considered to be a true monument of Dubrovnik. It was originally built in the Roman style, but after the earthquake it was almost completely destroyed. During the restoration, Baroque elements were added. The facade and the entrance to the church look very impressive, but inside it is rather gloomy, even the stained glass windows are in dark shades.

The church and monastery of the Franciscans

Franciscan Monastery

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Another successful monument of architecture, combining several styles – Romanesque and Gothic. The beautiful temple is decorated with an original 15th century portal. It depicts the Virgin Mary with the body of Jesus, St. John the Baptist and St. Jerome, and above them, God the Father. Inside the building is the crypt of the beloved Croatian poet J. Gundilic.

Adjacent to the church is the monastery, the inner courtyard of which is decorated with carved galleries, columns with images of animals, plants and even human faces. There used to be a garden where monks grew medicinal herbs.

Today there is a pharmacy, an old library and a Franciscan museum. On display are various items previously used for the apothecary. There is also a 14th century distiller, other antique equipment, the first medical books, prescription books, etc.

Sponza Palace

Sponza Palace

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Considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and located on Luža Square. Once it was built for the needs of customs control, then it was the financial and cultural center of the region, the Bureau of Weights and Measures, and the Academy. Today it houses the Dubrovnik archives with preserved documents and manuscripts. There is also an exhibition dedicated to the defenders of the city who fought in the war in the Balkans.

Rector’s Palace

Rector's Palace

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Another majestic building. The first floor is decorated with a colonnade and double windows. In the courtyard in the summertime, interesting concerts and other events are often held. There is also a monument to Micha Pratsat. During its history the palace has been destroyed several times and after it was restored it changed its appearance. Today there is a museum of culture and nature with various items from the past.

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary Cathedral

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This is the third cathedral built on this site. It is believed that the first church on Poljana M. Drzica Square dates back to the 7th century. Then a Romanesque church was built there in XII century and stood there for over 500 years. After the earthquake it was necessary to rebuild the cathedral completely and it now has Roman Baroque features.

Of particular value is the collection of sacred art, objects for religious rituals, as well as Titian’s painting “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary” and other works by great masters. Even if you’re not a fan of churches and temples, the building is still worth a visit because of its grandeur and beauty.

Dominican Monastery

The most famous order that existed in Dubrovnik built itself a monastery for the monks back at the beginning of the 13th century. It is situated at the entrance to the main gate and is part of the defensive structure. Particularly noteworthy is the inner courtyard, decorated with elements of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. There is also a museum with interesting exhibits, a library and a church.

S. Clara Monastery

One of the main ecclesiastical landmarks of the city, shrouded in legends and romantic stories. The entire complex was built back in the XIII-XIV centuries. Girls from aristocratic families who decided to spend their lives in seclusion were sent here. Even earlier this place served as a shelter for orphaned children.

The main relic of the monastery is considered to be the lucky stone. According to the legend, once upon a time, it united the destinies of a novice and a captain in love. Today, by touching it, you can keep your feelings warm.

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Museum of Love Stories

Museum of Love Stories

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Many tourists have a lot of positive emotions. Here love to come romantics, married couples and couples in love. The exhibition consists of personal belongings, objects, letters, donated by different people to create a special atmosphere. This little museum makes you feel that there is love in the world. After looking through thousands of stories, one feels a kind of joy inside. The exhibit is touching, sweet and the most tender you have ever seen.

Fortifications of Dubrovnik

Fortification of Dubrovnik

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The city’s defensive walls deserve a separate description, as they are a very powerful and majestic stone structure. Thanks to their strength, the settlement was never captured by the enemy. They even managed to survive a major earthquake that destroyed most of the city.

Immediately at the gate of Pile there is a staircase, which is worth going up and walk along the fortress wall. From this angle you can see all the ancient sites and surroundings of Dubrovnik. Part of the fortifications is situated along the sea, which creates additional protection. The total length of the wall reaches 1.4 km. In the reviews of tourists is often found the advice to walk around the fortress in the early morning or already in the evening, so that the hot sun does not interfere with the enjoyment of the open views.

This structure has five bastions, several forts and fortresses, as well as 15 towers. Each of them has an incredibly beautiful panorama. But to make good photos you need to be in a time when it is not crowded.

The Minchet Tower

Minceta Tower

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It was built in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and is part of the fortress wall. The terrace next to it is considered the highest point of the structure. Here installed a monocular, with which it is possible to view the entire city and the neighboring island of Lokrum. It is also the filming location for certain episodes of Game of Thrones, in particular the tower served as the House of the Immortals. But to take good pictures and enjoy the view around it, it is better to come here early in the morning, as by lunchtime there are too many tourists on the wall.

Fort Bokar

Bokar Fort

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It is often referred to as Fort Zvezdan by the townspeople. It is considered one of the most beautiful sites along the entire defensive fortification built around the Old City. In conjunction with the Minceta Tower, it was the most important stronghold in the southwestern part of the city. Thanks to this fortification it was possible to hold back the pressure of enemies and defend the main gate of Pile for many centuries.

Bokar Fort looks like a two-story cylindrical fortress made entirely of stone. The structure is partially set directly in the rock. It is surrounded by sea waves, making the walls particularly impregnable. Construction began back in the XV century, but due to various events this process was prolonged for a long time. The fort got its present appearance only by 1570.

Fortress of St. John

Fortress of St. John

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Another symbol of the city, often depicted on postcards and photographs of Dubrovnik. It was built in the 16th century as if on the edge of the peninsula and is the boundary of the protective walls. Today it has observation sites for tourists, a maritime museum and the best aquarium in the region.

Aquarium (Oceanarium)

It is especially interesting to visit this place with children, as they will be able to admire the models of old ships and see with their own eyes real octopuses, mollusks, starfish and other representatives of the Adriatic. There are 30 tanks in several rooms, each with optimal conditions for various sea creatures. The whole tour will take you about an hour, but you will have a lot of positive emotions.

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Lovrijenac Fortress

Fort Lovrijenac Fortress

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Located on a steep cliff right above the sea waves, which gives additional protection. For many years it provided security for the city. Nowadays, festivals, concerts, and other events are often held in the fort. Fans of the series “Game of Thrones” will be especially curious to visit the place of filming and take good shots against the natural scenery of the film.

Fort Imperial

Fort Imperial

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Although it is part of Dubrovnik’s defenses, it is slightly above the main structure. It is from here you have the most magnificent and picturesque views of the city and its surroundings. You can climb the fort by funicular railway, by car or even on foot. To make an independent walk you only need to take comfortable shoes. If you take the cable car, you can also admire the beauty of nature during the ride.

Lokrum Island

Island of Lokrum

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Located at some distance from the city itself. Ferries depart regularly from the main wharf to it. It is a real beach island and botanical garden. Its entire territory is covered with green plantations, among which rabbits, peacocks and other inhabitants live and walk freely.

To enjoy the park to the full, it is advisable to allocate a few hours or even a whole day. But be sure to think through your program of rest in such a way that by 17:00 to leave it on the last ferry. Overnight in a protected area is prohibited.

Dax Island

Rarely appears in the guidebooks and here do not go sightseeing tours. But to visit a unique and even mystical place will want every lover of vivid emotions and impressions. Literally 300 meters from Dubrovnik in the middle of the sea waves is an abandoned island. There is a terrifying history connected to this place, after which the citizens are greatly afraid of approaching it.

It can only be reached by a rented boat on its own. It is believed that at the end of World War II, many people were shot here without trial. Those who have visited the spooky island claim to have seen ghosts. Even the bravest do not risk spending the night on it. The whole atmosphere here is such that the shivers and creeps on the skin, even in sunlight.

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Gruz and Dubrovnik market

This village is a suburb of Dubrovnik. It can be reached by public transport. Gruc is located in a sheltered bay, making this small village the center of port life. If you want to experience the atmosphere of a seaside village, you must go here.

There is a city port, bus station and the largest and most popular market in Dubrovnik. It always sells only fresh vegetables, fruits, seafood, meat, etc. Nearby are also open restaurants where you can taste the delicious national dishes. Sitting on the terrace of one of the institutions will be able to feel the atmosphere of the real town.

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What to see in Dubrovnik. The most interesting places.

In a perfect world no one would come to Dubrovnik for such a short trip. You should stay a little longer so that you have time to see all the sights. So that you have time to admire the gorgeous scenery and indulge (let’s call it that) in all the best restaurants.

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However, we know that for most people there is a limited amount of time and they want to know where to go to experience Dubrovnik while they are here. For these people, we set out to narrow down the list of attractions Dubrovnik has to offer and focus on just five of them.

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If you find yourself in town and you have a few free hours on the weekend or any other days, these are five “must-see” places you should visit before returning home.

We appreciate that many of you will have your own thoughts on these, so if you disagree with our assessment, please leave your own recommendations in the comments!

The Walls of Old Town.

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If you had asked us this question a few years ago, we would have said that the walls of the old town were some of the most important things to see in Dubrovnik, but not the single most important thing. That has changed in many people’s eyes because of the global success of the television series Game of Thrones.

Seeing Game of Thrones scenery with your own eyes is much more enjoyable than playing these games on online slots sites.

You can’t guarantee that you’ll be happy with the end result when playing online slots. But no one walks away from a tour of these old walls without satisfaction!

The walls date back to the tenth century – older than many European nations – and stretch for a full mile, offering some stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. When you get to the Pyle Gate, there is a fee to enter, but the Minceta Tower itself is included in the price of the admission ticket.

Dubrovnik – Cathedral

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Many of the great ancient cities of Europe have amazing cathedrals, but most of them pale in comparison to the beauty of Dubrovnik Cathedral and its treasury.

This stunning Baroque building, also known as the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, stands on the same site as the original Dubrovnik Cathedral, which was built in the 6th century. Walk through the doors of the cathedral and you will be greeted by paintings of 16th century Italian masters, but even they cannot distract you from the splendor of the architecture.

No visit to the cathedral would be complete without descending into its treasury, where you’ll find what Christians believe to be part of the cross to which Jesus Christ was attached during his crucifixion. There are also the remains of a 13th-century saint, or, if you’re looking for something a little less gruesome, a rich collection of gold and silver treasures.

Fort Lovrienac

Also known as the Fortress of St. Lawrence , this rocky outpost compares favorably with the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Once, in the distant past, it was one of the most important defensive fortresses of Croatia. Now it has no defensive functions, but the scars of the past can still be seen on the site.

There are many legends about this fortress and its capabilities. It is said that the Venetians tried to take it a dozen times, but failed. Considering the fact that the walls are nearly forty feet thick in some places, perhaps that’s not surprising!

If you visit during the summer months – which we highly recommend – you can enjoy the musical and theatrical performances that take place here during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

Cableway

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You can’t personally visit all of Dubrovnik’s attractions in one weekend, but you can at least see them all from a distance by taking a ride on the city’s cable cars.

Cruise through the air high above the hills on a luxurious modern cable car and get a chance to take impressive photos. If the weather is clear, visibility can be up to thirty miles in each direction!

The cable car ride is only ten minutes, but they may well be the most memorable ten minutes of your entire vacation.

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If you are hungry before or after your trip, you may be interested to know that there is a fine restaurant at one end of the line where you can dine with a great view of the old town. Why not get an embossed souvenir coin from the blacksmiths while you’re there?

Straduné

Every town has a pedestrian street, but in most places they are functional and more touristy. What cannot be said about Dubrovnik’s Stradunj. This is where every tour of the city must begin or end. Placa is the heart of the city, a place to eat and drink and a place to get up after a day of touring and traveling.

Unlike most urban centers, Placa is residential and commercial. You can mingle with the people of Dubrovnik if you want, or visit a museum if you can save time. This famous white limestone street had already been there since the 15th century and even remained standing virtually undamaged when everything around it collapsed in the great earthquake of 1667. Stradun Dubrovnik is the place where everything old and new in the city comes together.

We would like to tell you much more, but for a short tour of the city we think that is enough. We hope you get a chance to check it out, and that you will love this city as much as we do. If you do, be sure to visit the city soon and check out everything we’ve told you about!

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