Dubrovnik (Italian: Ragusa, Latin: Ragusium) is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Its total population is 42,615 (census 2011). In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik was historically based on maritime trade. As the capital of the Republic of Ragusa, a maritime republic, the city achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. Dubrovnik became notable for its wealth and skilled diplomacy.
Famous buildings and places
- Stradun, the main street in the old town and the most famous street of Dubrovnik
- Town walls (about 1940 meters)
- The cathedral, The church Sveti Vlaho, Dominican and Franciscan monastery
- The governor’s palace
- Sponza palace
- The pharmacy from 1317, which is presumed to be the oldest pharmacy in Europe
- Cultural and historical museum – situated inside the governor’s palace
- Museum inside of the Dominican monastery – with the precious manuscripts and paintings of the 15th and 16th century painters in Dubrovnik, the Crucification painting of Paolo Veneziano from the 14th century and the altar work by the famous Italian painter Tizian from 1550.
- Museum inside of the Franciscan monastery – with the paintings of the old painters, the original tools of the pharmacy of 1317 and a lot of golden handicrafts.
- Museum inside of the Dubrovnik cathedral – gold and silver relics, crosses, and paintings of Italian painters (Tizian, Raffael), Flemish and Croatian painters.
- Aquarium and Institute for sea research – inside of St. Johns fortress. In 27 aquariums you can see different fishes, sponges, corals, and other sea animals.
- East-West Beach Club
- Latino Club Fuego
- Lazareti Club
- Buza bar