Have you ever asked yourself about the Dubrovnik’s history? The online media promotes especially the main attractions of the city. But let me list you some interesting facts that not everybody knows about Dubrovnik.
It’s affiliated with The United States of America
Dubrovnik is the capital of the Republic of Ragusa. During the ancient times, the state made itself remarkable for its trading connections. The city was an important vector for United States’ independence period. Both countries have signed a pact during the revolution years becoming partners in trade.
It is said that Dubrovnik was “the first state in the world to recognize the United States of America”.
The Dubrovnik’s locals saved an English king’s life
The Dubrovnik Cathedral’s building was raised with the help of a donation from the king of England, Richard the Lionheart.
Because of a natural occurrence during the 1192’s year, the king of England was caught in the arms of a strong storm near the coast of Croatia. There is a legend which says that he promised to God that if he reaches a land, he will build a cathedral. The king has survived due to the locals from the city of Dubrovnik, which later asked the King not to build the cathedral on the island of Lokrum where he was found, but on the Dubrovnik’s land.
The city’s walls have never been downed
The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by a 6 meters thick walls that dates back to the 12th century. Fortunately for the locals, these have never been breached by any armies. The walls have remained intact until today and continue to be an important interest for tourists due to the structure and the preserved attractions kept inside them.
It’s interrupted from Croatia by Bosnia and Herzegovina
If you look on the map of Croatia, you will see that on the north part there is a 12-mile territory that belongs to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Basically, this repartition divides Croatia into two parts.
During the 17th century, the Republic of Dubrovnik had to sell a piece of its territory to the Ottoman Empire in return for a sum of money. The reason was the proximity of the Venetian forces to the state Dubrovnik.
Today, in order to move to the northern part of Croatia, you have to cross the control of the two borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The oldest pharmacy in the world is located in Dubrovnik
The oldest pharmacy in the world is situated inside the Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery and dates back to 1317. The history says that the monks were producing medicines from natural herbs to sell them to the locals. These were especially designed for common pains such as headaches, stomach pains or insomnia.
Today, only a few types of creams and teas based on monk techniques can be found on sale.
It’s an inspiration for international movies
It seems that Dubrovnik is a great place to film a movie. The director of Robin Hood’s movie mentioned about the city being “a destination resembling medieval Nottingham”.
One of the most awaited TV series was filmed in Dubrovnik too. I am talking about Game of Thrones. The director considered that this medieval city suits perfectly for some scenes involving nudity, wars and murders.
Other movies filmed in Dubrovnik are: Emerald City, James Bond 007 and Star Wars The Last Jedi.
Dubrovnik is perhaps one of the most stunning destinations in South Europe. It’s an inspiration not only for movies, but also for tourists. The medieval capital of the Republic of Ragusa remains on the top. I recommend you to take your time and explore the city step by step. You can rent a bicycle to move easier. Use your time efficiently, because the city has a lot to show you.
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