Called the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is a step into a thousand years of history. The Old City is one of the best preserved European fortresses and still a living city today. Walk the impressive city walls, trundle along the Stradun, and let your imagination take you to another time.
The reasons to visit Dubrovnik are in the video. As a side note, the Dubrovnik police were not terribly appreciative of me laying on the ground while taking photos of their city during a full moon. I received a citation for public loitering tho’ the police did like the photos I captured. It all made for an interesting and harmless evening. Dubrovnik still shines in my memory.
As you view the video about Dubrovnik, consider these interesting facts about the ancient city.
:: Its claimed that the world’s first commercial pharmacy opened in Dubrovnik in 1317. Allied to the Monastery then, it is still in existence today, but with rather more recognisable modern remedies. That said, it still stocks some creams and herbal teas with recipes faithful right back to the 1300s.
:: Dubrovnik was the first ‘country’ (being a Republic at the time), to banish slavery in 1416.
:: Dubrovnik had the first orphanage in the world, which opened its doors to take in children in 1432.
:: Dubrovnik has a medieval sewer system dating from 1296 which is still in use today!
:: Agatha Christie spent her second honeymoon in Dubrovnik.
:: Dubrovnik’s Insurance Law is the oldest in Europe, being validated in 1395, some 300 years before Lloyds of London.
:: On Thursday 12th October 2016, Dubrovnik Old Town registered 1 million visitors in a year. The first time this ‘magical’ number had been reached in a 365 day period. (We’d say visit before it sinks under the weight!)
:: Dubrovnik is quite the Grande Dame of the film world having featured in Game of Thrones, Star Wars and in 2017 shooting is due to start on Robin Hood.
If you are in Dubrovnik, you might consider also a day trip to Mostar Bosnia. And, with my love of night photography, especially during a full moon, you might like this Dubrovnik post.