In Slavic Venice

How many ancient and glorified museum cities in the centuries opened their doors to me, causing respect to their age, fate and admiration for their architecture, – dozens? Rather hundreds. It would seem that the severity of beauty sensations and perceptions should be stuck. But I’m in Dubrovnik, more precisely only approaching him on the mountain road and from above, I admired them as a picture – the perfection of the composition, paints, smears. First of all, I see the color – white stone stone and red tiled roofs. Warely combination, beautiful palette of old cities. Then – a clear and clear layout, a rare for monuments of such age: on the central axis of the city, the straight and wide central street is proudly, connecting two squares. From her on both sides to the very walls, dozen also leaves directly verified thin dark lines – narrow streets, as a knife of disperse this huge terracotta cake on appetizing shares. And from the highest point of review, Dubrovnik looks like an intricate jewelry man’s fine work in a rim of a fortress wall with a towers of towers.

Now I understand why Bernard Shaw called him "Paradise on earth", Enthusiastic Italians consider Dubrovnik Pearl Adriatic – this is at their Venice!, And local art historians assure that this is the Slavic Venice in architecture and Slavic Athens – by culture. The less emotional language of the official documents of UNESCO Dubrovnik is enrolled in the list of human historical and cultural heritage.

The path in the 7th centuries lies through a bridge suspended on powerful chains through fortress. I barely stepped on it, I meet with a stone elder standing in a niche over the arch of the portal tower with a raised upward finger of the right hand, a city layout and a staff – in the left. This is St. Vlakhov, the keeper of Dubrovnik, who has given challenge and Venice, and Istanbul, meets everyone the incoming member: "Good or evil you wish the city?", very relevant after during the Balkan War provoked by the Serb Communists, those shelled "Heritage of mankind" Direct tip of cannons from a tourist observation deck. Shrapnel traces and today you can find on the walls of houses.

Glory Vlahu, all this has long been behind, Croatia with its 1800 kilometers of the fairy-tale Adriatic coast and thousands of excess islands opens another tourist season, in which Dubrovnik, as always, is assigned a stellar role. This is almost the most south of Croatia, in Dalmatia, near the border with Montenegro. Nearby Airport, where air fares arrive from Russia. You can, of course, fly through the capital of the country Zagreb, the city with a 900-year history, in itself quite worthy of attention.

In Dubrovnik, they found the shelter Crusaders, pilgrims on the way in Jerusalem, messengers and wanderers, traveling and persons. Millions of legs passed through this suspension bridge on the main street of Stradun to the belfry, Cathedral Square, to monasteries, seventeen temples, Jesuit College and the oldest synagogue in Europe. Money for the construction of the Cathedral gave English King Richard Lion’s Heart, escaped in 1192 on the way with the Holy Land from the storm in the neighboring bay. Stone Statue of the Knight of Orlande 15th century – Favorite place of meetings in Dubrovnik: Nothing should be lost here, it is enough to go into the blackness of the shadow of any of the streets. They are width in the sweep of hands, so light here, only when the sun in the zenith and gets rays to stone bridges. On those a little wider, along one of the walls cafe tables under bright umbrellas.

On the main street and the squares of Dubrovnik, the human stream will not dry out from morning to late evening, and this is not necessarily tourists: the locals of all ages with visible pleasure walking along a brilliant blocking, they are going to groups, they are discussing something, sitting on the tables to drink a coffee shop. It is nice to look at their communication – these are proud people who are holding down with great dignity. This quality and still love for freedom always distinguished citizens, they helped the Republic of Dubrovnik, to stand four and a half centuries in the difficult struggle for the place under the sun of the Adriatic.

In Slavic Venice

Dubrovnik follows his rich history from the 7th century, his mighty fortress wall is two kilometers long, built from 11 to 17th century, and the city of his power achieved the city in the 16th century, having the largest on the Mediterranean merchant fleet and practically monopolizing maritime trade. Today, this city of luxury palaces and museums continues to live their natural full-blooded life and at the same time it is a city of tourists, fashionable hotels, international festivals, carnivals and sailing regattas, as well as the center of the large resort area of ​​South Dalmatia.

If you want to combine holidays on the sea with excursions, while not far from Dubrovnik, it is very convenient to stop on the Babin Cook peninsula located four kilometers from him, where the large hotel complex. To the south is an adorable cozy resort town Cavtat. And one should not forget about one wealth of the local coast – the islands, on any of which is easily reached by ferry, boat or boat. Yacht, boat or not a problem rent anywhere in the coast.

The nearest to Dubrovnik is the three islands of the elafite archipelago, completely covered with greens, coniferous forest, with chamber closed bays and crystal water. Here you fully appreciate the right point of Jacques Yves Kusto, who called the Adriatic to the purest sea of ​​Europe. Here is a wonderful bathing, diving, fishing. And, in addition, and in the islands you again invariably meet with the historical and architectural wealth of Dalmatia – Fortress, monasteries, many ancient churches. Nearest island closest to Dubrovnik – Mlet, one of the most interesting coast. The legend binds it to the Odyssem, who swims here and left his name in the names of the bay and the hotel. Mute famous for the lake, on which, in turn, also is, island, and even with the Franciscan monastery on it. Is one of the seven National Parks of Croatia. Another South Dalmatian island – Korcula. It is believed that the famous traveler Marco Polo, was born here.

On uninhabited islands, lovers lovers and lovers love to relax with Nagishol, however, for nudists there are beaches and on the coast: Croatia – a recognized European Center for Naturism and they come here all families.

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