Dubrovnik area Croatia

Dubrovnik area: beauty of nature, rich cultural heritage

About the cultural heritage of the Old City of Dubrovnik and its vicinity I wrote under the title „Dubrovnik, the jewel of Croatian cultural heritage“, covering the Konavle with Cavtat and Dubrovnik coast with Trsteno and its arboretum.

There are more data that are very interesting about the wider Dubrovnik area, due to its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Rich cultural heritage of the southernmost and sunniest tourist area, attract tourists of diferent tastes and requirements for a long time.

The territory of the Neretva River delta, due to the natural soil fertility and availability of fresh water, was populated since ancient times. The proof of that is Ancient Narona. Museum is built on the original location of sites, above part of the Roman Forum.

If we start from Dubovnik coast towards island of Korcula we will pas through the hilly wine-growing peninsula of Peljesac. The old center of the peninsula is the scenic town of Ston on the isthmus that connects it to the mainland. Between the Stone and the neighboring Mali Ston which is famous after the cultivation of oyster shells, are an impressive walls.

On the west side of the peninsula there is Orebic, the largest settlement of the peninsula and the center of the sea captains.

The largest island of the Dubrovnik region is Korcula. Korcula shows the splendor of the great buildings, it is specially emphasized in its main town of the same name Korcula. The appearance of the town, Korcula owes to the period of the 14. – 16. century, when the island of Korcula (unlike the rest of the Dubrovnik area) belonged to the Republic of Venice. Town of Korcula is well know by its raster of the streets that forms a fish bones shape and by its preserved Gothic and Renaissance buildings (the Cathedral of St Marc, a Franciscan monastery on an islet near the town of Badia, Korcula Municipal Museum etc.).

But the most interesting location to its visitors is the house of the Polo family because from her comes its most famous son, the world´s great adventurer, Marco Polo. People of Korcula carefully preserve their heritage, as it is shown through the maintenance of Church events, and even more in the medieval knight´s game Moreška (Moreska) which traditionally takes place one a year on the streets of the town.

Worthy inheritance is placed in two more places on the island, in Vela Luka and in Blato. In Vela Luka there is the most important prehistorc archaeological site in Dalmatia, called Vela Spila. Numerous ceramic, stone and bone artefacts were found here from Neolithic period, as well as preserved decorated tombs.

The most distant islands in Dubrovnik region are Mljet and Lastovo, known fot its natural heritage. The National Park Mljet anf the Nature Park Lastovo. On the little island in the middle of the biggest lake in the National Park Mljet there is an interesting cultural monument, the Benedictine monastery from the 17th century.

Elafiti islands in front of Dubrovnik, with its charming old villas and castles from the period of the greatest splendor of the famous Dubrovnik Republic will be breathtaking to the surprised visitor.
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of the Dubrovnik region.

Dubrovnik Croatia

The view to the Old City of Dubrovnik from the sea is one of the most beautiful vistas of Croatia and whole Mediterranean.

There are few cities that boasts such a beautiful location on the cliffs above the sea, and there are few places that nave so well-preserved stone Medieval walls and towers.

Dubrovnik is the jewel in the sunniest Croatian tourist region, in Dubrovacko-Neretvanska county which spread sits area near the sea cost. In this county Dubrovnik is the most important but by no means the only cultural jewel.

The main Dubrovnik´s streets within the Old City Walls is Stradun. On its western end there is a large Fountain and at the eastern end, on the Luza Square ther is Orlando´s Column, a symbol of Dubrovnik´s freedom. Luza Square is a favorite meeting place for tourists and a major area for the maintenance of different events, especially the major cultural event, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

By the Luza Square there are the most important secular buildings of the medieval Dubrovnik – Gothic-Renaissance Rector´s Palace which was the center of the Dubrovnik authorities, and the palace Sponza. Both were built in the 15th century, as well as the most major buildings in the Old Town. Rector´s Palace is spangled with an interested Atrium which is now a popular theatrical stage for performances. In the interior of the Palace there is a museum which held numerous furniture, paintings and sculptures. Palace Spinoza, former customs house, now the Archives of Dubrovnik, also boasts with an interesting Atrium.

Along the Luza Square there are the main religious buildings of the Old City – Curch of St Blaise, Dubrovnik´s patron saint and the Cathedral of the Mary´s Assumption. Both decorated with baroque splendor because they were built in 17th century, after the catastrophic earthquake in 1667. Inside the Cathedral there are magnificent organ and a treasury of valuable exhibits. The most important are reliquary head of St Blaise. In the city of Dubrovnik, there are few harmonious monasteries with luxurious interiors. The Church which is inside the Jesuit monastery has beautiful decorated inside walls; the Franciscan monastery keeps a collection of an old pharmaceutical kit; and a Dominican monastery has a rich collection of paintings. Among the religious buildings of other religions, the Synagogue from the 15th century is the most important building which is also, by the continuity of using, the second oldest Synagogue in Europe.

Dubrovnik is well known by its museums too, which are annually visited up to half a million tourists. With the most visited Dubrovnik´s museum in Rector´s Palace, the Maritime Museum is where you can learn all about the maritime history of Dubrovnik. From the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Dubrovnik surrounding areas are characterized by the harmony of architecture, wrapped in a green environment. This is particular evident in the southernmost corner of the Croatia, in a fertile valley Konavle.

The main Konavle´s Picturesque town Cavtat is the birthplace of the great Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac. His birth house is converted into a gallery of his paintings. Another valuable ornament of town of Cavtat is a family Racic mausoleum dated from 1921, the work of the Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.

The coast west of Dubrovnik, is a place known by Dubrovnik nobles´s summer villas surrounded by greenery. On one of these properties, in the picturesque village Trsteno, there is the most beautiful Croatian arboretum with various kinds of subtropical plants and trees. Arboretum is decorated with sculptures, the most notable is the statue of the Greek god Poseidon. Arboretum offers nicely decorated resting places from which one can enjoy the view of the open sea.

Further west, there is the most special part of Dubrovnik region, the Neretva River delta with its preserved landscapes and picturesque places along the Neretva River. Town Opuzen stands out by its beauty. Not far from the largest city of the Neretva area, Metkovic, there is a village Vid that is located at the site of the former Roman Narona. On the original location of the sites there is a museum built over the part of Roman Forum with a number of imperial statues carved in marble.
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