Monday, 25 August 2014

Dubrovnik Old Town, The Pearl of the Adriatic

After a few days relaxing and unwinding by the sea in Lapad Bay, 
I was well and truly ready to go and explore Dubrovnik Old Town. 
We were greeted by the old wall, blue skies, a crystalline, clear azure sea and
the laughter of sea kayakers returning from a fun outing.

Old Wall, Dubrovnik, Croatia

We walked through the Pile Gate into the Stradun, the main street of Dubrovnik Old town and 
I was enthralled by the cute drains set in the walls.
 They are called Maskerons and were used to drain rainwater from the rooftops.
Legend says that if you can balance on the head, stand facing the wall and take your shirt off,
you will find true love. Having already found true love...I didn't try!

Maskeron, Stradun, Dubrovnik

The Stradun, long and wide, paved with gleaming marble, funnels tourists to
 the Bell tower and beyond.

Stradun, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Church of St Blaise (Crkva Sv Vlaho), a stunning baroque building by Venetian architect
Marino Gropelli, completed in 1715 and dedicated
to Dubrovnik's patron Saint.

Church of St Blaise (Crkva Sv Vlaho), Dubrovnik

According to legend, in February 971, Venetian ships had dropped anchor near Dubrovnik, ostensibly 
to take on food and water before moving on, but were really there to spy on Dubrovnik's defences.
St Blaise revealed the plan in a dream to the rector of the cathedral, Stojko who informed the city council of the threat. The city closed it's gates and manned the walls. The Venetians, seeing the 
city had been closed, abandoned plans of attack, upped the anchors and left.
St Blaise was made the patron Saint of Dubrovnik.

Saint Blaise, Patron Saint of Dubrovnik

We walked the streets, soaking up the history and the atmosphere.
If only these walls could talk.

Old Town Dubrovnik, Croatia

The detail on the columns of City Hall so intricate and delicate.

City Hall, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The bold door knockers remind me of China.

City Hall, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The architecture of Dubrovnik encompasses you, 
something beautiful at every turn, through every doorway.

Cathedral of Dubrovnik

The frescoes above doorways with stories to tell.

City Hall,Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The beautiful Old Town harbour, once a major trading port,
St John Fort, protecting the port from pirates and war since 1346.

Old Town Harbour, Dubrovnik

Now used by local fishermen and boats taking tourists
on adventures to local islands. 
The atmosphere filled with happy anticipation of fun days ahead.

Old Town Harbour, Dubrovnik

We walked through the narrow stone alleys of the old town.

Old Alley, Dubrovnik

The Jesuit church of Saint Ignatius, decorated with elaborate frescoes
depicting scenes from the life of Saint Ignatius was discovered.

Church of Saint Ignatius, Dubrovnik

 Homes line the alleyways, hidden from the hustle and bustle.
Locals going about their everyday life in one of the 
World's greatest preserved medieval cities.

Old Alley, Dubrovnik

With so much beauty, history, atmosphere and culture, it is no wonder 
that tourists flock to Dubrovnik to soak it all up.
I didn't need to balance on a Maskeron to fall in love with this
wonderful place and it's people, Dubrovnik charmed me from the start.

Stradun, Dubrovnik, Croatia


  1. Great photos and such a neat place. Was your VRBO in town or outside of town?

    1. Thank you, it is such a great place! Our VRBO was in Lapad Bay, a 30 minute walk or 10 minute bus ride from Dubrovnik Old Town...was to come!