OK, I’m in love. This walled city of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea is gorgeous. Once upon a time Dubrovnik was a major sea power in the Mediterranean Sea. At another time it was the first nation in the world to provide official recognition for the fledgling United States of America fighting for independence.
As recently as 1991 it was under a devastating siege by Yugoslavian forces that laid waste to much of the city’s renowned beauty. Today it has rebuilt most of what was destroyed and is once again a major draw for visitors from around the world. It’s easy to see why.
This is one of four blogs I am going to write about Dubrovnik. First up is a look at magnificent medieval wall that surrounds the city and provides visitors with outstanding views of the Adriatic Sea and surrounding country. Second I will turn inward and look down from the walls on the city and its colorful tiled roofs. Third we will visit the city from street level. Finally, I want to feature some intriguing gargoyles we found in Dubrovnik. (Have I used enough superlatives?)
Any visit to Dubrovnik should include a walk around the mile plus (6,360 feet) wall that surrounds and protects the city. Considered to be one of the great fortification systems of the Middle Ages, the walls were named a World Heritage site in 1979. Reaching a maximum height of 82 feet, the walls were never breached during the 12th through the 17th century… providing five hundred years of peace and prosperity for the residents of Dubrovnik.
A fast walker can easily do the walk in an hour or so but plan on a more leisurely 2-3 hour stroll. You’ll need the extra time for photography, or just staring in awe.
NEXT BLOG: A journey around the walls of Dubrovnik looking down into the city.
6 thoughts on “The Fabulous Walls of Dubrovnik… The Mediterranean Cruise”
Dubrovnik struck a chord with me as I wandered along the wall. I had no idea what to expect on our visit here although I have certainly heard that Croatia should be on everyone’s bucket list. Actually I was captured after watching Robin Hood film that was filmed in Croatia! Curt could hardly drag me away from the walled city but there was more to see…never enough time! I will definitely return to this country!
You’ve got a date. (grin)
What a fascinating city..It’s places such as this most of us only read about in books therefore they seem almost fairy-taleish.. Love that picture of the Patron Saint of Dubrovnik as he looks out over that gorgeous sea.. You guys really had a most wonderful experience.. thanks for taking us along on your journey 😉
St. Blaise was everywhere. I am reminded of how the ancients would adopt gods to protect their cities… such as Athena. Christians substituted saints.
A couple of off the wall feelings… The fort setting reminds me of an earlier James Bond movie but the rooftops remind me of “Skyfall”… Anyways, seriously, it is a shame that so many sites rich with heritage are destroyed by war. It makes me ache a bit.
Alas, I wish I can make a visit…
I couldn’t agree more on the tragedy of war destroying so many historic sites, Koji. One of the many tragedies we can lay at war’s doorstep.