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“A great tribute to the brave residents who died defending Dubrovnik” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Memorial Room of the Defenders of Dubrovnik

Memorial Room of the Defenders of Dubrovnik
Old Town Sponza Palace, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Ranked #17 of 61 Attractions in Dubrovnik
Type: Museums
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“A great tribute to the brave residents who died defending Dubrovnik”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Located at the Sponza Palace at the end of Stradun, the Memorial Room of the Defenders of Dubrovnik is a small but powerful tribute to the brave residents who were killed during the brutal attack and bombardment by the Jugoslav Army, Navy and Airforce, as well as, extremist Serb paramilitary forces from Montenegro.

The haunting faces of simple people, young boys, fathers, brothers and old men and pictured individually and spread out across the walls of the room. When you look into their eyes you see the innocence of these brave souls, who died not attacking some far off enemy, but rather just defending their own families, friends, homes and in a more general sense, their country Croatia.

The bombardment of the city was watched by the world who refused to help stop this war crime. That's why the sense of abandonment and loneliness these brave soldiers must have felt would have been so terrifying. Yet they didn't choose to abandon the city (like the E.U. did), they chose bravely to defend their loved ones and homes and fight with little more than light arms against a huge army of tanks, cannons, missiles, warships, jet fighters and thousands of well armed troops. Absolutely amazing guts and determination that is only owned by the righteous and innocent protecting themselves in self-protection.

When your come to beautiful Dubrovnik, please visit this simple memorial and show your respect to these brave people who stopped the Serbs and Montenegrins from totally destroying this beautiful city. Without them, there would be nothing to visit.

Visited July 2012
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“Humbling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Pleased to have come across this memorial room, really makes you understand the suffering, especially with the photographs

Visited January 2013
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“Tribute to those men who fought for their beloved city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Eerie to visit this room which has been dedicated to the generation of men who fought for the beloved city and country. Pleas stake the time to pay your respect when visiting the old city.

Visited May 2012
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“Recent war in Dubrovnik”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

The recent history of this part of the world is extremely complicated but worth trying to remember and understand. A good start is a visit of this little museum.

Visited September 2012
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“Silence is Required!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Having travelled to Croatia since 1982, then Jugoslavia, and having made friends then with people who live in Dubrovnik, with whom I still keep in touch and meet often, I have 'been' through the 1990s war with them, and know what they went through. The women and children went to Istria, and the men stayed to protect their homes. There is so much more I know, and would get an occasional phone call to say that 'today we have water or 'today we have electric'. Having followed them through it, this room in Dubrovnik makes me tearful, and it is a shame that some visitors don't appreciate its true meaning and just chat until I glare at them. Visit Cavtat, and Mostar, and see the graves of the young men - Christian and Muslim. And it happened in my recent lifetime; I was born in 1944, so a visit to Auschwitz similarly affected me.

Visited April 2012
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