During his 2002 visit to Croatia, the Monkey jumped at the chance to walk the entire circuit of the Dubrovnik’s medieval walls. Why not join him on his tour?
Majmun surveys the rooftops of Dubrovnik’s old city from high atop the city walls. Out at sea you can see the island of Lokrum, which the Monkey visited later in his trip.
Bracing himself in a crevice in the walls, the Monkey inspects the workmanship of Dubrovnik’s stellar walls. The walls envelope the city in a 2- kilometer-long curtain of stone, and reach heights of 25 meters! Their defensive might, along with carefully-arranged protectorate status from a string of regional powers, shielded the special republic status of Dubrovnik into the early 19th Century, when Napoleon arrived to conquer the city-state.
Down near sea level, the Monkey pondered the complexities of trying to breach Dubrovnik’s walls in the pre-modern era. In addition to the stone mass of the walls, the city defenses included 16 towers and multiple forts. In this shot you can see a square tower and the round mass of the Bokar Fortress, which protected one of the city’s man entrances, the Pile Gate. The Bokar Fort dates from the 15th and 16th Centuries.
The Monkey looks down on Dubrovnik’s harbor, the site of the only major opening in the city walls. By way of the St. Ivan Fort on which the Monkey rests and the use of a heavy chain stretched across the mouth of the harbor, the city’s defensive integrity could be maintained despite the lack of walls at the harbor.
The Monkey rests on a sculpted stone at the mouth to Dubrovnik’s harbor.
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