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Views from Dubrovnik’s city walls

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Views from Dubrovnik’s city walls

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?


Dubrovnik, Croatia
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.

Walls, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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.

Bokar Fortress, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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.

Dubrovnik harbor, Croatia
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.

Dubrovnik harbor, Croatia
The Monkey rests on a sculpted stone at the mouth to Dubrovnik’s harbor.



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Population:

4,491,543 (2008)

Land area:

56,414 sq. km.

Capital:

Zagreb (pop. 930,753; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, Croatia ranked 45th in the UNDP Human Development Index and 58th in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $9,611.68. Public debt accounts for 47.8 percent of total GDP, while 11 percent of Croats are beneath the poverty line.

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Serbo-Croat

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Majmun (my-moon)

Fun fact:

Two inventions for which the world owes the Croats credit are the necktie and the radio. The former evolved from a silk scarf worn by Croat sailors (dubbed the “cravate”), and the latter was developed by the Croat inventor Nikola Tesla, though many have erroneously credited Italian engineer Guglielmo Marconi with the creation of the radio.



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