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Sights near Dubrovnik

Cavtat | Cavtat, the ancient Epidaurum, and the forerunner of Dubrovnik, is a small medieval town built on the southern slopes of the peninsula of Rat in accordance with urban development plan. Places like Cavtat offering so much to the visitors are quite rare. lts scenery, the rich cultural and historical heritage along with the range of services offered to tourists meet the demands of the present day tourists, thus making it one of the most attractive destinations on the Adriatic coast.
Cavtat is located between the magic city of Dubrovnik on one side and beautiful Konavle on the other. There one can still feel the spirit of the past time and experience the centuries old tradition of our ancestors. It is an ideal holiday resort. Each visitor can discover his own wishes, enjoy the hidden coves at peace, long walks at the seaside or spend active holidays going in for recreational sports and entertaining cultural programmes.

Cavtat offers accommodation in the quality hotels, in the family apartment houses or bed & breakfast places. lts numerous restaurants serve a gastronomic selection of local and traditional cuisine.
Apart from sporting and recreational activities for an active holiday such as tennis, fitness, scubadiving school, aquatic sports, mountain pathways and 5 km long walkways along the sea, Cavtat offers a variety of excursion programmes revealing centuries-old, harmonious lifestyle traditions of people of Konavle and awakening the very adventurous spirit you ask for.
Along with the rich cultural heritage which should be by all means seen (the Bukovac art gallery, the Bogisié's collection, and the Racié mousoleum by Ivan Mestrovié), there are many cultural and entertainment programmes held all the year round.
Cavtat is one of the best known Croatian carnival venues, especially during the manifestations "The Cavtat summer". During the summer and the winter carnival it offers its frolicsome soul worth experiencing.

Ploce | Ploce (the inside town gate). This east entry to the town is under protection of St. Blazes, the saint patron of Dubrovnik.

The town gate Pile | The west entry to the city. Constructed in the 16. Century.

Minceta Tower | The tower Minceta is dominating the city skyline. Several masters, like the famous Florentine builder Michelozzo di Bartolomeo and the local builder of the renaissance, Juraj Dalmatinac, constructed this powerful bastion with over 6 meters tall walls.

Bokar | The tower Bokar, constructed in the 15 th century. Famous is the inscription on one tower stone: protects the city gate Pile. (NON BENE PRO TOTO LIBERTAS VENDITUR)

Lovrijenac | The tower Lovrijenac is situated all alone on a AURO - Freedom can not be sold for 37-meter high rock any gold of the world.

Bezel | The bezel, above the Franciscan church portal, with the Pietá sculpture from the 15 th Century is a work of the brothers Leonard and Petar Petrovic.


St Blazes | The main altar in the church of the St. Blazes with its gold-plated statue of St. Blazes holding the town model of Dubrovnik in his hand, dates back to the 15 th century.

Old library | The monastic library contains a treasure of books - more then 1200 old scripts, 137 original prints and 7 books with ancient church chorales.

Old Rectors room | The study room of the principle in the Rector palace with period furniture, images of old masters a numismatic collection, the original key of the city gates, signet, armorial bearing...etc

Old theatre | The famous old Theatre in Dubrovnik.

Pharmacy | The old Franciscan pharmacy, built within the Franciscan convent in 1317, is still working today. It is regarded as one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe.

City wall | On every city gate and on the wall around the old town of Dubrovnik, there is a sculpture of St. Blazes, the saint of the city.

Rectors palace | The Rector palace is the most important monument of Old Town Dubrovnik. It served as government building and residence of the principle during his term. The aristocratic and harmonically architecture of the palace shows attributes of the Gothic and Renaissance.

Onofrio fountain |The small Onofrio fountain constructed 1438, made by the Neapolitan master Onofrio della Cava.

Cathedral | The Cathedral of Dubrovnik was built in the 18. Century by the Italian builder Andrea Buffalini from Urbano.

Sponza palace | The Palace Sponza was constructed in the 16. Century, in gothic and renaissance style, by local builder Paskoje Milicevic and the brothers Andrijic from Korcula. At the time of the republic the palace served as Customs Office, the Mint, the Central Bank and the Treasury. The arc of the atrium in the Palace Sponza bears an inscription where the scale was once located: FALLERE NOSTRA VETANT; ET FALLI PONDERA; MEQVE PONDERO CVM MERCES; PONDERAIPSE DEVS : Our scale permits no fraud. When I cradle the ware, God is cradling myself.

Franciscan Convent |The Franciscan convent, once the centre of culture and art in Dubrovnik.

Monument of freedom | The monument of the freedom poet, Ivan Gundulic, from 1892 crafted by the
Croatian sculptor Ivan Rendic. The pedestal is decorated with a sculpture from the
famous Gundulic epic "Osman".

Orlando Pillar | The Orlando pillar is a symbol of Dubrovnik's freedom.

The Gunduliceva Poljana square | The Gunduliceva Poljana square is surrounded by stone houses and transforms in daytime to a pictorial market place. During the Summer Festival, this square is serving as an open sky stage.

Luza square | The Luza square, a unique ambient, surrounded by famous buildings of the city council and churches, a central point of the public life and the centre of most important celebrations in town.


Tips

Walking along the top of the encircling fortified walls for perspective views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding vividly blue Adriatic Sea.

Unwinding at the picturesque Old Port of Dubrovnik as you absorb the sight of the colourful small boats neatly moored in the blue-watered harbour.

Promenading down Stradun, the main avenue that bisects Dubrovnik Old City (be sure to stop and relax at one of the street's many people-watching cafes).

Exploring the maze of charming medieval back streets (nearly all these buildings were erected before the 14th century and are designed in the Roman and Gothic architectural styles).

Enjoying world-class music, dance and theatre performances at the famous annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

More information | Dubrovnik Tourist Office at Cvijete Zuzoric 1/II, 20000 Dubrovnik, Tel: 020 323 887 or 020 323 889, Fax: 020 323 725, Email: tzgd@du.tel.hr


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