Excursion to the old city of Dubrovnik
April 5th 2017
Discover Dubrovnik is the ultimate tour for visitors who wish to take in all the main sights and explore the architecture and history of this famous city. Accompanied by our experienced guide, the story of Dubrovnik’s golden age will unfold before your eyes.
The route takes you around the Old Town via Onofrio’s Fountain and up Prijeko Street to the Old Port – the key to Dubrovnik’s trading and maritime success. Along the way you will pay a visit to St. Saviour’s, the grandiose Franciscan and Dominican church, and see wine-producing vines believed to be more than 100 years old.
Ships from Dubrovnik were reknowned throughout the Mediterranean and galleons from the Republic could be found in navies across Europe and beyond. These ships were built and loaded in the legendary Arsenal, which is another stop on the tour. Once in the Old Port, your guide will relate the stories of the famous Quarantine and the nearby fortresses of St. Luke and St. John as well as legends about the Church of St Blaise, the Cathedral, the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, and Orlando’s Column.
This tour will reveal the finest sities of the old walled City.
Meet our expert guide at Pile Gate and follow him/her through the narrow streets of the Old Town and experience the history and culture of this magnificient city.
All the splendid buildings of the Old Town will be viewed along the way.
Stradun or Placa (Stradone or Corso) is the main street of Dubrovnik, Croatia. The limestone-paved pedestrian street runs some 300 meters through the Old Town, the historic part of the city surrounded by the Walls of Dubrovnik.
The Rector’s Palace (Croatian: Knežev dvor) is a palace in the city of Dubrovnik that used to serve as the seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa between the 14th century and 1808. It was also the seat of the Minor Council and the state administration. Furthermore, it housed an armoury, the powder magazine, the watch house and a prison.
The rector’s palace was built in the Gothic style, but it also has Renaissance and Baroque elements, harmoniously combining these elements.
Sponza – In the end of Placa (Stradun) street, beside Luža, on the left side of the square centered with Orlando column the monumental Gothic-Renaissance Sponza Palace found its rightful place. Sponza is one of the most beautiful palaces in the City, which has preserved its original form. Built 1516-1522, its form suggests possible appearance of the majority of public and private palaces in Dubrovnik before the earthquake of 1667.
In the time of the Republic this palace housed the custom office and bonded warehouse, hence it was often referred to as Divona (from dogana – ”customs”).
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Excursion to Cavtat – Konavle
April 7th 2017
Cavtat – is a small medieval town built on the southern slopes of peninsula of Rat in accordance with urban development plan.
Cavtat is located between the magic city of Dubrovnik on one side and beautiful Konavle on the other. There one can still fill the spirit of the past time and experience the centuries old tradition of our ancestors. It is an ideal holiday resort.
Along with therich cultural heritage which could be by all means seen (the Bukovac art gallery, the Bogišić collection, and the Račić mausoleum by Ivan Meštrović), tehre are many cultural and entertainment programmes held all the year round.
Silk production and the embroidery of Konavle
Konavle has for centuries been renowned for the production of silk yarn, where it was used for the decoration of male and notably female national costumes. The production occurred in the rooms of the women every spring. Every woman of Konavle had to rear enough silkworms to produce her own yarn for her individual embroidery. Until marriage, she would produce enough embroidery for various occasions and circumstances, for a long time it would be her only accessory and identity card. Every embroidery has a unique language that describes its tailor, her cunning, wealth or hardship, and when she makes it a part of her costume it becomes part of her personality. The Konavle embroidery is worn around the chest and the sleeves, where jewelry is worn today, and on the part of our body where we point with our finger when a person says „I”. The Konavle embroidery is an important part of the national costume of a small region and it has developed its own artistic language transforming into something more than simple decoration.
Today the national costumes are slowly being abandoned, and the embroidery that we knit in our workshops is used for the production of applied and decorative items with the purpose of conserving the tradition. Ms Antonia Rusković Radonić and her team in Art gallery Rusković produce their own silk yarn from the early spring to late fall until we have enough leaves on our trees to feed our silkworms.
Sokol grad – the castle of Sokol
Fort Sokol was built on an inaccessible cliff more than 25 meters high. A natural fortress, it controls the main road leading from Konavle north into Herzegovina and the Balkan hinterland. This is the main reason why this town has been continuously inhabited since ancient times.
The role of the fortress changed over time. In addition to its religious function, the prehistoric fortress also protected the inhabitants of the village below itAncient Roman and late antiquity Byzantie fortress had to defend the Konavle region from external enemies and barbarians.
Village household Monković
In the heart of Konavle, near the old mills, along the river Ljuta there is a village household Monković, offering you domestic and authentic food and drink, prepared in their traditional Konavle´s way.
City Walls walking tour
Stari grad – the old city of Dubrovnik and its medieval walls are inscribed on the UNESCO List of the World Heritage Sities. Parts of the walls date from the 13th century. Leaving Pile square on foot, your guide will lead you through the west side entrance to the Old town where your special journey begins. You will explore the town of Dubrovnik before going to the walls which were completed in the 13th century. The ramparts are intact and encircle the old city with a circumference of more than a mile and a half.
Ascending the stairway at the Pile Gate, you will soon reach the top of the wall where your guide will lead you on walking tour along its entire length. You will see the gorgeous Minčeta Fortress, St. John´s Fortress, Bokar Fortress and the Maritime Museum.
Dubrovnik by cable car
Depart from Pile Square on foot towards the Cable Car Station situated just above the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
Enjoy the spectacular bird´s – eye view of entire city and its surroundings. It´s a view you will certainly never forget.
Special prices for MOTSP participants will be announced soon!