We stayed in Kolocep Island for a week-long holiday and managed to visit Dubrovnik two times. Two days are really good time to see most of the highlights of the Old Town.
You don’t have to pay for entering the Old Town but you have to pay for a walk around the City’s walls (90 kuna per ticket). When you enter the Old Town you will see immediately the Large Onofrian Fountain. This is a beautiful 15th century fountain named after the Italian engineer, Onofrio della Cava. Damaged in the Siege in 1991-2, the fountain has been restored. It has 16 faces with running water from each one of them.
After spending two days in the Old Town I am just wandering what were the highlights for me here. To walk across the walls was an extraordinary experience; the views over the blue waters of the Adriatic and over internal part of the Old Town were fantastic. It reminds me of San Marino in many ways with its height and scenery.
Every place, museum and church gives knowledge about something and to me it is not right to say which is worthy or not. There are some images stuck in my memory – such as the Church of St Ignatius with frescoes of Ignatius ascending to heaven amid fluffy white clouds; the Church of St Blaise with the powerful silver statue of St Blaise that survived the catastrophic earthquake in 1667 or the lovely Pieta above the main door of the church of the Franciscan Monastery.
There are even more images - the columns topped with some magnificent capitals which you see before entering the Rector’s Palace; here the angels have not only wings but also genitalia. In the Aquarium we came across some funny ocean specimens and in the Maritime Museum there are some attractive objects retrieved from sunken ships –each one has a story which we might never know.
The little streets of the city resemble a labyrinth where you can get lost; on one of them we found a beautiful painting with a view over Stradun. After negotiating a good price the painting is now a great souvenir from Dubrovnik - once the capital of the wealthy sea-faring Republic of Ragusa (1358-1808).
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