Facts about Dubrovnik
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- St Blasius became the Patron saint of Dubrovnik after he came to Stojko, the rector of the cathedral, in a dream warning him of an impending Venetian invasion. Every year on the 3rd of February, a feast is held in the Patron Saints honour
- The fortified walls of Dubrovnik (where Game of Thrones was filmed) are the most preserved fortification system in Europe.
- In 1991 Croatia declared its independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; as a result the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) attacked the historic town of Dubrovnik. The attack lasted seven months and resulted in 56% of its buildings being damaged. The city’s restorations lasted until 1995
- Built in 1296, Dubrovnik still has in use today one of the first medieval sewage systems
- A major earthquake in 1667 destroyed the Majority of Dubrovnik’s art and architecture. With only the Sponza palace and Rector’s palace surviving, the city was reconstructed in a Baroque style, which is seen today
- After the 1667 earthquake Dubrovnik fell into decline mainly due to the emergence of other European naval powers. In 1806 Napoleon ended the republic incorporating it into Austria. Dubrovnik remained attached to Austria until 1918
- Located between the hinterland, Adriatic and Mediterranean markets, Dubrovnik was a strategic centre for trade between the 14th and 17th centuries
- The name Dubrovnik was officially adopted in 1918. It is known as Ragusa in Italian and Ragusium in Latin. Its Greek historical name is Raugia or Ragousa
- The old city of Dubrovnik is known for its 1940m defensive walls that completely encircle the city. You can walk along two sections of the wall, the inner wall overlooking the city, and the second section with spectacular views of the Ocean.
- The Old Town of Dubrovnik is free of vehicular traffic
- July and August is the Dubrovnik Summer Festival where the city palaces, churches and squares lay host to music, theatrical and folklore entertainment
- There are 5423 steps in Dubrovnik; 1080 steps on the city walls and 4353 within the city
- Lord Byron described Dubrovnik as ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’
- Dubrovnik began to develop its tourist industry in the late 19th century. The Old Town captivated luminaries such as Lord Byron, George Bernard Shaw and Agatha Christie.
- From 1358 until its capture by Napoleon in 1808, the walled city of Dubrovnik was the centre of a city-state known as the Republic of Ragusa.
- The English poet Lord Byron called the old town Dubrovnik The pearl of the Adriatic, and it’s still holds this name today.
- Agatha Christie spent her second honeymoon in Dubrovnik and Split.