Dubrovnik (maybe 2016)
Dubrovnik (Italian: Ragusa) is a coastal city in Croatia situated on the southern tip of Dalmatia, on the tip of the isthmus of the same name. It is one of the busiest tourist destinations of the Adriatic, a seaport and the city’s most important Dubrovnik-Neretva County. In 2001 the city population was 43 770 inhabitants, of whom 30 436 in the city, mostly of Croatian origin (88.39%), with another 3.26% to 3.17% ethnic Serbs and Bosnians.
For its natural beauty and urban, and what is the history, Dubrovnik is known as “the pearl of the Adriatic” and “Slav Athens” because of its ancient inhabitants as to distinguish a region where only the barbarism prevailed and it had proliferated great figures in the humanities and the arts. Capital County of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Dubrovnik is a walled city and fortifications at the foot of Mount St. Sergius, which drops sheer to the waters of the Mediterranean. Since 1979, the walled enclosure is classified as World Heritage UNESCO. The imposing and well preserved ramparts and medieval architecture, Renaissance and Baroque, the landscape of the Adriatic, cafes and restaurants of Dubrovnik are a unique tourist destination. The old town is divided in half by the Board or Stradun, the promenade, with cafes and restaurants, and monuments and historic buildings.
“If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik” – George Bernard Shaw, 1929.
The city’s prosperity has always been based on maritime trade.In the Middle Ages was the capital of the Republic of Ragusa, the only city-state in eastern Adriatic to rival Venice, reaching its apogee in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In 1991 he was surrounded by and bombarded by military forces of Serbia and Montenegro following the breakup of Yugoslavia, which caused extensive damage.