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The Stradun's far end broadens into the pigeon-choked Luža Square, the centre of the medieval town and even today a hub of activity, with its pave­ment cafes and milling tourists. Overlooking it is the fifteenth-century munic- ipal bell tower (gradski zvonik), a smooth pillar of pale stone topped by…
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Across the square, the Baroque St Blaise's Church (Crkva svetog Vlaha), com­pleted in 1714, is in graceful counterpoint to the palace, boasting a fine facade topped by saintly statuettes which seem poised to topple down onto the square below. Twentieth-century stained glass bathes the interior with …
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From Luža you can head either northeast via the Dominican monastery and Ploče Gate to the Revelin Fortress, or south to the Rector's Palace (Knežev dvor), the seat of the Ragusan government. The building was effectively a prison: the rector, elected for just one month, had no real power and could on…
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Across the square from the palace is Dubrovnik's Cathedral (Katedrala), a plain but stately Baroque structure designed by Andrea Bufalini of Urbino in 1672, and built under the supervision of a succession of architects imported from Italy (the first three of whom gave up due either to illness or non…
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Walking back from St John's Fortress along Pustijerna, you'll find yourself round the back of the cathedral, south of which stretches one of the city's old­est quarters, Pustijerna; much of this predates the seventeenth-century earth­quake and preserves a medieval feel, with crumbling, ancient house…
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