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Pearl of the Adriatic


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There are several good reasons why Dubrovnik is nicknamed "Pearl of the Adriatic".
Firstly, the peninsula on which the old city stands is pearl shaped as it juts out into the Adriatic. Secondly, it is a beautiful compact city...


Most of the city's buildings were erected in the 15th and 16th centuries when Dubrovnik was a major trading center with ships from all over the known world bringing goods to the Dalmatian coast. However, many of the public building were badly damaged by an earthquake in 1667. The damage was repaired but Dubrovnik never fully recovered its maritime pre-eminence. Cruise ships and tourist boats fill the harbours today...



The beloved red-tiled roofs of old Dubrovnik are picture perfect...


However, during the Balkan war in 1991 the Serbs and Montenegrins attacked the city from the surrounding cliff tops and destroyed virtually all of the ancient roofs. Only a few original tiles survived...


Serbian General Sturgar was sentenced to 7 years prison for orchestrating the destruction of this historic city.

For good reason Dubrovnik is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the entire Mediterranean region. The tightly woven narrow streets are a pedestrian's delight...


And there are picturesque scenes around every corner.

Posted by Hawkson 16:41 Archived in Croatia

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