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Date: 8th June 2017

DUBROVNIK http://www.justyouholidays.co.uk

We had a long coach trip to Dubrovnik from Tucepi but the scenery was superb. We must have spent nearly an hour each way crossing the border into Bosnia and then back into Croatia.

Dubrovnik was founded in the 6th century and after being a part of various empires, back in the 14th century, Dubrovnik became the capital of the Dubrovnik Republic which was one the most important mercantile and maritime centres on the Mediterranean. The town was destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 1667 which killed more than 5000 people. The Republic was dissolved by Napoleon in 1808 and in 1815 Dubrovnik became a part of Dalmatia and Croatia. Since 1979 Dubrovnik is on the Croatia UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

Sadly in the Bosnian War of the 1990’s Dubrovnik was heavily bombed but being a WHS it was quickly repaired. Obviously not much of the original building is extant but they’ve done a very good job of bringing it back to roughly how it would have looked centuries ago. It is a totally walled town/fortress jutting out into the Sea. As always our guide was excellent.

It was one of the two hot days we had during the holiday and the heat reflected off the limestone paving - although it is limestone it has been worn and polished and looks like marble. We visited an old Franciscan Monastery, the oldest Pharmacy in Europe, and the Cathedral but were unable to go inside the Church of St. Blaise who is the Patron Saint of Throats. As I was coming down with a cold, I thought he might be able to help!

I love legends and that of St. Blaise is very interesting. He was the bishop of Sebaste, Armenia, in the early fourth century. He was imprisoned and later martyred for the faith. Saint Blaise was known for his ability to heal both people and animals. Tradition says that a mother brought her son, who was choking to death on a fishbone, to the bishop. The bishop then healed the boy. When St. Blaise was being taken to prison, he encountered a poor woman whose pig had been taken by a wolf. At St. Blaise’s command, the wolf brought back the pig unharmed. The woman is said to have brought St. Blaise food and candles while he was in prison.

We had free time and as it was so hot in the main thoroughfare, some of us slipped away and had a great lunch in one of the narrow back lanes which rise at a precipitous angle from the main thoroughfare.  We were actually sitting on a slope.  My companions decided to walk the city walls but I needed to write a script and make a small video for Just You so I was able to make that the excuse for not going with them.

During the period when Dubrovnik was part of Yugoslavia, it was a very popular holiday destination called ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic’. It’s been through much but has reclaimed it’s place as a holiday destination as witnessed by the crowds of tourists. It was a very beautiful city and well worth the time it took to get there. 

Cloisters in Old Franciscan Monastery


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