The paradise on earth: Dubrovnik, Croatia
The famous words of George Bernard Shaw are true even today. He had said that those who seek paradise on earth should visit Dubrovnik, and it is no wonder that this city today is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
During the 9th century, Dubrovnik expanded at an impressive rate and by 12th century it was considered a threat to Venice. Because of its prosperity, Venice attacked and ruled Dubrovnik between 1205 and 1358. The infamous old town was built during the 13th century and now is a spectacle that draws tourists to this enchanting city. The most enticing factor about Dubrovnik, Croatia is that the old town is still in existence. The city is protected by tall ramparts and there are only two entrances that lead to the city's promenade called the Stradun.
Experiencing Dubrovnik, CroatiaDefinitely the best way to experience Dubrovnik, Croatia is by starting the exploration of the old town. In the Stradun, the 1943 Onofrio Fountain is an attraction to marvel at. Then the Franciscan Monastery is to the right of the Stradun. To the left is the Orlando Column, the meeting place and near to it is the baroque church of St. Blaise and also the Sponza Palace. The old town also houses the city museum that was built in 1441 and is called the Rector's Palace.
To view the busy morning market square, Gunduliceva Poljana, you need to walk in the opposite direction of the palace all the way through a narrow street. The 18th century Jesuit Monastery is another structure that you will see in the same square. Now you are ready to head to the port of the old town to look at the wonderfully preserved city walls.
The now-revived Dubrovnik cable car is also another experience you cannot miss. This ride will help you see the city from a different angle--the top.
The Museum of the Croatian War of Independence is located on Mount Srd and shows the items that were used by the city In order to defend itself during the 1991-1995 war.
You can also enjoy the city in a different light; learn about its rich history with a modern touch. Yes, the Visia Dubrovnik 5D Museum gives you a joy ride of the ancient history in a technologically-savvy environment with tools like the Virtual reality, 5D, and hologram projections. It actually is a different feeling to see the old through the eyes of the new.