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Memorial Room of the Defenders of Dubrovnik
Ranked #39 of 156 things to do in Dubrovnik
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Emotional”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

Not knowing much about the history of the war in Dubrovnik before my visit I found this very simple memorial extremely moving. How they ever retored this beautiful town to it's existing glory I will never know.

Visited December 2012
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“A great tribute to the brave residents who died defending Dubrovnik”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Llangwm, Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
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“Humbling”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 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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Montauban, France
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“Recent war in Dubrovnik”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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