A History lesson around the ancient walls of Dubrovnik…
With time to spare, we took the opportunity to get some history into the girl’s curriculum…. and where better to do this in a city which has had such a rich, varied and tumultuous history…
Yet Dubrovnik has been a city republic, seen times of communism and hardship and recent conflicts that threatened to bring this UNESCO city to it’s knees… yet it has endured! Like any special place, it is due to the people of Dubrovnik and their unwillingness to give in… stoic, hard working people with strong ideas on their sovereignty! Yet to a person, incredibly (and rightfully) proud of their identify as Dubrovnik citizens.
Yet perhaps it is best know for its ability to withstand fire…Precariously placed beneath hills, its forts on top of the hill are crucially important yet the cities 6-10m wide walls have been continuously improved upon to ensure it remains safe/secure… yet it has been tested!!! Perhaps none more so than the recent Balkan conflict (1991-2) which saw 2 years of constant bombardment…. perhaps best viewed by the red roof tiles that show the new buildings adorning over 60% of the city… little remained, yet it was preserved!! and it now enjoys financial support from UNESCO to ensure it is preserved for future generations.
the best way to understand the destruction of the Balkan Conflict
For the relative cost (but remember you buy a guide and have to pay at the city walls too!!!), it represents a great way to see the city for 2-3hrs… it also allowed us the chance to see where dinner would be!!!