Thursday, June 24, 2010

Old Town, Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a coastal city in Croatia with a rich history. The "Old Town" of the city is surrounded by stone walls, originally built in the 7th century (with later additions) for defensive purposes. Though many of the city's historic buildings were damaged or destroyed by earthquakes or fires over the years, some remain, and the city is breathtakingly beautiful. We were lucky enough to be able to go on a guided tour of the Old Town, including a climb up to and a walk along the enormous city walls, and later enjoyed exploring the streets on our own.

These are just a few pictures.

Outside of the city walls

The image of St. Blaise, Dubrovnik's patron saint, adorns many churches and the gates outside of the city. He is always depicted holding a model of the city in his hand.

Church of our Saviour, built 1520

Onofrio's Fountain, built in 1438 as part of the system to bring water into the city

The water still runs today and is fresh and cool for drinking...just fill your bottle up under a lovely faucet such as this!

You can still see some of the damage left behind after the Croatian War for Independence (1991-1995)

During the war, most of the city's roofs were destroyed. Here you can see the contrast of the older, aging tiled roof in the back compared to the newer orange tiled roof in the foreground.

Part of the city walls from above

View of the coast from atop the city walls

Orange roofs everywhere!

Pretty lady...oh wait, that's just me.

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