The Old City of Dubrovnik is an intact fortified medieval city situated in the very south of Croatia where mountains touch the sea and the coastal line is almost disappearing. The harmony of the city and the landscape makes the sight of Dubrovnik a unique experience.
Its mercantile spirit, shrewd diplomacy, trade in salt and the link with the sea were at the origin of the economic prosperity of the Republic of Dubrovnik.
The 15th and 16th centuries were the “Golden Age” of Dubrovnik. This resulted in beautiful buildings, in an extraordinary urban landscape and an exceptional cultural creativity. Past the peak of its prosperity, in 1667, Dubrovnik was devastated by an earthquake, but the most important structures remained or were reconstructed.
In 1806 the Republic opened its gate to Napoleon's army to end a long siege by the Russian and Montenegrin armies. The, hopefully, last siege of Dubrovnik occurred between October 1991 and May 1992 with most of the reconstruction work done between 1995 and 1999.
Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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