According to Unesco, the Old City of Dubrovnik, as known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, was an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. It was damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it is now the focus of a major restoration programme.
But before we go into length and discuss ancient monuments and the purposefully built fort walls, I thought I should show you the lighter side of the city. The crumbling brick walls, the freshly painted dark green windows, the most intriguing expression of a gargoyle. These make up Dubrovnik’s Old City too. They may not be the most famous. Mostly probably glossed over, especially in the face of world renowned sites.
But without them, the Old City wouldn’t be the way it is today.
As promised, here are the 10 sights you may have glossed over at the Old City of Dubrovnik…
1. The dark green shutters which fit in so perfectly…
2. Rays of sun streaming in…
3. Freshly washed linen, waiting to dry
4. The Made-for-Dubrovnik banners and posters…
5. Perfectly formed brown rooftops
6. Very enterprising signages
7. The Captivating Gargoyle
8. A place called home..
9. A Croatian lady hard at work
10. A happy family
To end this post, I’ll urge you my dear reader to spend some time in the Old City. Taking in the sights, marvelling at the wonderous beauty of nature. But also take time to notice the small things. The sight of fresh laundry sheets fluttering in the breeze, the inhabitants of the Old City going about every day life.