Historical city Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a city on the Adriatic Sea coast of southern Croatia. It is the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic, a sea port and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva county. Its total population is about 50.000 people.
In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the Unesco list of the World Heritage Sites. The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik has always been based on maritime trade. In the Middle Ages, as the Republic of Ragusa, also known as a Maritime Republic (together with Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa, Venice and other Italian cities) it became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice.
Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. If you are interested in the history of Dubrovnik than read the book ,,Dubrovnik, a history’’ by Robin Harris. This book is a comprehensive history of Dubrovnik's progress over twelve centuries of European development, encompassing arts, architecture, social and economic changes and the traumas of war and politics. On the Stradun there are two well-equipped bookshops and both of them sell this book.
From its settlement in the 7th century to its conquest by Napoleon at the beginning of the 19th, Dubrovnik repeatedly held a significant position beyond what could have been expected of this tiny city-state. But Dubrovnik also faced the extreme dangers posed by Venetian plotters, Ottoman aggressors, natural disasters and, finally, Napoleon. In modern times, the city survived the besieging Yugoslav army in 1991-92, which heavily damaged but did not destroy Dubrovnik's cultural heritage.
Dubrovnik is among the 10 best medieval walled cities in the world and among the 10 best places in the world for a fairy-tale proposal of the Valentine’s Day.