Above the Old City of Dubrovnik

by Quailia Nothing April. 29, 2013 837 views

I went up the cable car to Mt Srd, wonderful views, cute restaurant and a fort built by Napolean (now a Museum).

The top of the fort/museum.

The museum has a section about the fort, but is mostly about the war from 1991 - 1995. The Croatians call it the homeland war. It was the first time I've been in a museum and pretty much everything in it is from a time I remember. They had some old TV news reports from the time running and I can remember seeing the one about the sea blockade of the city. A strange feeling.

The museum had a lot of great photos from the time, both from the military and civilian perspective and did a pretty good job portraying the impact on the city. However two things let it down; one was that there is a water problem, not sure if the damp is rising or falling but it means that you feel you're in a damp cave for much of it, of course it puts the exhibits at use.

The second thing is the text, it's often over the top patriotic to the point where it loses credibility - here's an example. The context of the war was also missing - I remembered the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia but I did have to check wiki later for details of the context of the war.

A simple memorial to three who died here; “in memory of Croatian war veterans, Nenad Coric, Ivo Koprivica, Robert Ivusic, rest in Peace - surviving comrades”

I came down from Mr Srd and walked into the old city, there's a map at the entrance showing where the city was damaged during the war in 1991-1992.

Red = burnt down building
black triangle = roof damaged by direct hit
empty triangle = roof damaged by shrapnel
black circle = hit on the pavement

It's a lot of new rooves.

Cloisters in the Franciscan Monastery.

Central courtyard of the monastery.

Even here there are reminders…

From the Old City Wall, looking across the rooftops. That's the monastery tower on the left.

So you wanted a sea view?

laundry day.

Hello! She was really sweet, running up to the path for some petting. Then stretching out in the shade for all to admire.

Spot the gecko.

Fortifications along the wall.

Same photo - but messed around with. This actually looks more like the colours appeared on the day.

The route is across the top of the city wall, so you're exposed to the sun the whole time, you also go up and down stairs a lot. So although the distance is officially given as 1940m, you get a pretty good work out by the time you come down at the other end!

Rose Garden between apartments.

Rooftop pigeon.

From the highest point on the wall, looking across the city.

The Croatian flag flying high.

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Kater 6 years, 2 months ago

Looks wonderful

6 years, 2 months ago Edited
Sprite75 6 years, 8 months ago

croatia is so beautiful but the war... the war creeps me out. more with what's not said.
that rose garden is a fantastic use of ruins.

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Meitt 6 years, 8 months ago

wow, looks great. must put this place on my travel wishlist!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Truenic 6 years, 8 months ago

Dubrovnik never fails to invite me (I've never been). Looks fabulous.

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sophie 6 years, 8 months ago

ah..that sea view... beautiful!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
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