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 an unassuming pimple-like cupola.On the left, the Sponza Palace (usually open mornings and evenings if there's an exhibition on), once the city's custom house and int, grew in storeys as Dubrovnik grew in wealth, with a facade that features broad Renaissance arches on the ground floor and florid Venetian Gothic windows on the first floor.

It was designed by Paskoje Miličević in 1522, although much of the stone-carving was done by Josip Andrijić, who also worked on Korčula's cathedral as well as Dubrovnik's St Saviour's Church. Inside, the majestic courtyard is given over to art exhibitions and occasional concerts in summer. A Latin inscription on the far wall refers to the public scales that once stood here, and puts God firmly on the side of trading stan­dards: "Cheating and tampering with the weights is forbidden, and when I weigh goods God weighs me."The splay-legged, spear-wielding figures under­neath (known as the zelend, or "greenies", because of to their weather-beaten- bronze appearance) were cast in 1578 and used to strike the bell on the near­by by clock tower. -Specializing in Cheap Flights F

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