The city ramparts are considered to be one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe,...

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The Dubrovnik City Walls are the major attraction for any visitor, being one of the best preserved fortification systems in Europe. The 1940-metre long walls include five fortresses and sixteen towers and bastions. The Walls are open for visitors all year round. There are three entrances to the Walls: one next to St. Luke's Church in the east (opposite of the Dominican Church), one next to St. Saviour's Church opposite the Big Onofrio Fountain, and one next to the Maritime Museum at St John's Fortress. A walk along the Walls shows some of the most impressive construction undertakes. There are five fortresses, of which Minčeta, Bokar and St. John's make integral parts of the Walls, and the other two - St Lawrence's in the west and The Revelin in the east, stand separately outside the integrated defence system. Located at the highest point of the City, Fortress Minčeta served to protect Dubrovnik from the north. The Fortress is the symbol of Dubrovnik's defence, the Croatian flag flies on its top at all times, and in the summer the Libertas flag, the symbol of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is added. In the southwest, Fortress Bokar, also called Zvjezdan, stands at the corner of the City Walls facing St. Lawrence's Fortress across the bay. It was constructed in the 16th century to protect the small City harbour, the moat around the Walls, and the Pile Bridge. Today it houses a collection of stone fragments from the Dubrovnik area. Built in 1346, St John's Fortress is the first quadrangular pier tower for the protection of the City harbour from the southeast. A chain across the entrance to the harbour to prevent any unwanted visitors at night was controlled by a winch from the Fortress. An Aquarium is located in the Fortress's ground floor, while the first and the second floors house the Maritime Museum. At the foot of St John's Fortress there is a pier with a beacon – the well-known Porporela, a traditional meeting place for romance, a promenade and a swimming spot popular especially with the residents of the Old City. From Porporela one can see Fortress Revelin standing at the eastern entrance outside the City Walls. The stone and wood drawbridge connects the imposing Fortress with the land, and another stone bridge connects it with the City. Surrounded by a moat on three sides and by the sea on the fourth, the Fortress was a part of the City which was effectively impregnable. Although constructed in an earlier period, The Revelin acquired its present day dimensions and shape in the 16th century. The interior of the Fortress and its terraces serve as concert venues for the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. The Culture Club Revelin is a world wide popular place to spend a night to good club music.nd at the Fortress of St. Luke.
The city walls - the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities
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