Sunday, April 4, 2010

Dubrovnik on the Dalmation Coast

The Adriatic Coastline of Croatia is rocky and often steep. This is a view from the fortifications of Dubrovnik, looking south.
The fortifications of the Dubrovnik town wall guard against any threats landing on the small beach just north of the town walls. Dubrovnik had good reason to be fortified. It was founded by refugees from the remnants of the Roman empire, and was later under Byzantine, Venetian, and Hungarian rule until it achieved its independence in 1382. As its own Republic of Ragusa, it maintained a fleet of over 500 ships in the 15th and 16th centuries.
The Cathedral in Dubrovnik is peaceful at night, without the tourists who are drawn during the day to view its Baroque interior, a painting of the Assumption by Titian at the altar, and its treasury with a collection of 200 reliquaries, including the 13th century arm of St. Blaise and a cross regarded as containing fragments from the cross on which Christ was crucified. The cathedral was built after the earthquake of 1667. One of the narrow alleyways of Dubrovik is a restaurant row, with sidewalk cafes that take up most of the entire sidewalk.
A cloister provides a quiet spot for a nap for a dog.
The new tiles within the walled city of Dubrovnik show the rebuilding needed to repair damage from shelling occuring the war with Serbia in the early 1990's. Human damage from war is not repairable.
This old house within the walled city was spared from the shelling, as its old roof tiles show only minor replacement of tiles.
A look back at Dubrovnik as we leave by ship. This is the same cove that we showed in the second photo. The main part of the town is to the right of the scene in this photo.

9 comments:

JM said...

I was planning to visit Croatia some years ago but then something came up and I had to cancel... Looking at your photos now I feel I definitely have to make all the arrangements again. I still have the Croatia Lonely Planet with me! :-)
Amazing photos, impossible to decide which I most like!

Memphis MOJO said...

Every time I think you have posted your best photos yet, the next week you outdo your previous.

brattcat said...

wonderful. i particularly admire the images of the tiled roofs.

glenda said...

Really love this series of photos. The ones of the sea are breathtaking! Would love to have a coffee or wine at one of the cafes you posted. And of course my favorite is the dog taking a snooze!

Thérèse said...

A marvelous city! I don't know if they still have classical concerts and exhibits in the cathedral?

Mirela said...

As always, wonderful photos. I'm amazed at the quality of night images, because I know how subtle the street lights are.

Just a slight correction, Croatia was fighting Serbia, not Bosnia. Serbs were shelling Dubrovnik from one of their occupied spots near Croatian border in Bosnia. And you're right, human marks stay - I still can't stand hearing an air raid on TV even after almost 20 years...

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful,lovely and fantastic shots !! What an amazing place !! Great

Pasadena Adjacent said...

the rood top with the satalite dish is my favorite

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Incredibly beautiful coast line. Another pretty part of Europe!

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