|Name of walk||A Walk Around Dubrovnik Old Town|
|Date of walk||2013-06-23|
We got an early start in order to walk around Dubrovnik’s Old Town.
The Croatian coast at dawn.
We anchored off the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
We used our own life boats as tenders......well at least we know they work! It is quite a task disembarking 3000 people!
Coming into the old harbour by lifeboat.
We though it would be a good idea to walk the city walls first before it got too hot. Looking down on the Dominican Monastery.
The ship can be seen in the distance, lifeboats still coming and going. We were up early so got tickets for the first lot of boats to shore.
Approaching Minceta Tower, the highest point on the walls.
View back down.
The way ahead.
We used the Croatia/Lonely Planet book from Barrow Library to find our way around, it has a very good map.
Looking down on the Franciscan Monastery.
A cable car can take you the 405m up Mt Srd in four minutes. Some damage from the 1991 war is still visible, most noticeably in the change of roof tiles.
Lovrjenac Fort on the left.
One of our lifeboats in the harbour.
Once down from the walls we visit the Dominican Monastery Church.
The St. Blaise Church.
The Clock Tower. There is a memorial plaque on it saying "Papa Ivan Paolo II.....then something untranslatable in croatian" I have just googled it, it said...... HERE, BEFORE THE CHURCH OF ST.BLAISE ON THE 6th OF JUNE 2003 THE POPE JOHN PAUL II BLESSED THE CITY. DURING THE CELEBRATION OF THE SOLEMN MASS IN GRUŽ HE SAID: "FOR A LONG TIME I HAVE WISHED TO VISIT DUBROVNIK. MY WISH HAS BEEN FULFILLED TODAY. I AM GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR THAT!" If I wasn't such a Luddite and had a phone that actually did stuff, I could have known this last week!
St. Ignatius Church and the Jesuit College.
It has a recreation of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Altar paintings by Gaetano Garcia. There was a Mass here in english at 11am, but we are on a tight schedule. With all the disembarking/embarking problems we only have 3 hours here in Dubrovnik. Only time for a whistle-stop tour.
Church of St. Saviour, one of the few buildings to survive the earthquake of 1667.
Pile Gate which has a drawbridge.
No Brendan, we haven't got time to watch Gaelic football!
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.
Brendan in the market place.
They serenaded us all morning.
It was an even bigger task to embark 3000 people all wanting to leave Dubrovnik at the same time! But even then I think we only queued up for about 30 minutes.
The Old Town of Dubrovnik is actually quite small, but they have packed a lot in. I`d like to come back here, as there is still more to see.
So many churches in such a small area! I always seem to be visiting churches by day, and then I’m reading Richard Dawkins by night. I guess that is what they call balance. 😉