Fort Lovrijenac, Dubrovnik

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    Worth the effort to get to the top !!!!

    by jlanza29 Updated Nov 12, 2013

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    great views of old town Dubrovnik !!!!
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    Be warned …. it's a nice steep climb to get to the top … but very much worth it. Price of admission is 30 kuna's but it is included if you have tickets for the city walls. Also finding the actual entrance is a bit tricky but nothing that you can't figure out. Once you reach the small enclave you must climb the steep stairs. Once to the top you will be rewarded with some awesome views. Well worth the effort.

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    Fort Lovrijenac

    by Airpunk Written Aug 22, 2013

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    This fort is one of the oldest structures in Dubrovnik with its origin in the 11th century. Since then, it has been rebuilt, enlarged and altere but always kept its guard-like appearance. For that and the big rock it is standing on, it is known under the name "Dubrovnik's Gibraltar". There is a legend that it was built by the citizens of Dubrovnik in less than three months after the city was under threat to be conquered by Venice. The control of this rock secured Dubrovnik's liberty for centuries. Dubrovnik's motto " Non Bene Pro Toto Libertas Venditur Auro" ("Freedom is not to be sold for all the treasures in the world") is inscribed above one of the entries. There is little to see inside, most cannons were captured by the Austrians in the late 19th early 20th century to be melted down and turned into new arms. You can walk through the ammunition storage rooms and imagine what some rooms and structures may have been used for. The view from the uppermost platform on the tower however is worth the 30 kuna entry fee (2013).
    Try to visit Fort Lovrijenac on the same day as you do with the city walls. You'll get a free entry for Fort Lovrjenac if you show your tickets for the city wall from the same day. Depending who is at the ticket desk (and their mood), you might even get a free entry with an older ticket. In case you buy the Lovrijenac ticket first, you'll get a discount at the city walls.

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    Western Town Wall & Fortress Lovrijenac

    by jckim Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located at the western side of the Town outside the City Wall at a 36 meters high cliff. It dominates, both the sea and the land entrances to the Town from the west. According to old scripts it was built in only three months. Today its interior is one of the most dignified stages in Europe, a well-known place for Shakespeare's Hamlet performances.(14th century)

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    Fort Lovrijenac

    by Gili_S Written Mar 6, 2011

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    This fortress is located just outside the wall of the old city in the sea and it is 37 meter above sea level. It is one of the most visible sites of the city as you can see it from the old city walls as well as just from the tourist information square next to the Pile Gate and bus stops.

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    by BruceDunning Updated May 25, 2010

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    It is located across from the old town and an easy walk just outside the Pile Gate entry. The problem from there is you would not know the directions to that fort unless you "fell" upon a hidden sign in a back street to show the way. The walls are 121 feet high and the thickest portion is 39 feet on the water side. The town folk built this in 3 months to deter the Venetians form doing the same thing so they could control Dubrovnik from the vantage point. This occurred in around 1038. A dual purpose was to defend the town but also for aristocrats to have a sanctuary and attack its own town if there was an uprising. We went inside but decided not to spend $6 for the short tour of the inside walls because the whole inside is bare and nothing to offer but views. We got that same effect by hanging out on the outside and a bit over the edge of the cliff. You climb about 100 steps to get there.

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    Fort Lovrijenac

    by pure1942 Written May 21, 2009

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    This looming mass of stone sits high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Old Town of Dubrovnik from the west. The Lovrijenac Fortress is not an integrated part of the City Walls but is seperated from the main Old Town complex by a small shallow harbour of pristine turquoise blue water and small fishing boats. Thhe fortress was a vital component of the City's protective shield, protecting the town from the west and commanding views all the way along the coast towards Korcula and Mljet Islands.
    The fortress was originally built in the 11th century but was remodelled and rebuilt many times with the bulk of the present day fortress being designed and constructed in the 16th century. The original fortress is reputed to have taken only 3 months to build due to the rumours that the Venetians wanted to build a fort of their own on this rocky cliff so as to keep tabs on the Ragusans and repress their ideas of independence and liberty by watching over them from a new fortress just outside the town. Ragusas citizens had other ideas and before the Venitians could transport building and construction material to Dubrovnik, they had built their own fortress on the rock!
    Today there isn't a lot to actually see inside, but there are glorious views out over the Old Town of Dubrovnik and further up the Dalmatian coast. The vaulted arcades of the fortress courtyrads are beautiful and not too many tourists around when we visited so the place was nice and peaceful.

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    Fortress

    by tim07 Written Mar 29, 2008

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    The fort is set outside the city walls on a rock 37 metres above sea level. It is surrounded by the sea on 3 sides & gives great views of the city. Shakespeare's plays are staged here during the Summer Festival.

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    Fort of St. Lawrence

    by tpk2 Updated May 25, 2007

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    Tvrdava Lovrijenac

    Tvrdava Lovrijenac is the oldest part of the town fortifications. It was built in the 12th century to protect the town from attacks from the sea. Over the main entrance to the fort one can found the motto of the town: "Non bene pro toto libertas venditur auro" (Liberty cannot be sold for all the gold in the world.)

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    Fort Lovrijenac

    by traveloturc Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Lovrijenac, a strong and big fort, stands on the steep high rock (37 m). Its called also the "Dubrovnik Gibraltar". The fort has got three terraces.Previously there were two gates, but the Austrians destroyed the inside one in order to carry away old guns after the Fort had been disarmed.The fort was of the greatest importance for the safety of the city.The aristocrats of Dubrovnik did not trust their own members. So, in case of a mutiny, the guns from the city walls could bomb the east corner of the Fort successfully.The foundation of Lovrijenac is related with a story: old chronicles say that Venice wanted to build a fort on the isolated steep rock to keep Dubrovnik under control. Having known this, the Republic and her citizens made great effort to construct their own fort on the same rock for only three months. The Venetians came on their ships loaded with materials and found that they had been outwitted. So the chroniclers put both this event and the foundation of Lovrijenac into 1018 or 1038. It is probable that the rock, because of its dominating position, was fortified even earlier

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    14Th Century Fortress

    by Mikebb Written May 29, 2006

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    Walking around the Old Town Walls you will see the fortress situated approximately half a kilometer outside the city walls on a rocky outcrop 37 metres above sea level. The fort was constructed during the 14th century and was most important in the defensive system as any attack upon the city would be from the sea.

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    Walk over to Dubrovnik's Gibraltar

    by Ruai Written May 24, 2006

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    Took a stroll over to this fort, which is very prominent from the city walls. Becuase of a distrust of too much power being concentrated in an individuals hands, the commander of this fort was changed very frequently. It also had thin walls facing the city, though very thick to the sea and land. Once inside, theres not actually much to see, but the views back into the old city are great. Apparently it is often used for performances of Hamlet and would love to see one in such an evocative building.

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    Fortress LOVRIJENAC

    by ruki Written Jan 23, 2006

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    Located at the western side of the Town outside the City Wall at a 36 meters high cliff. It dominates, both the sea and the land entrances to the Town from the west. According to old scripts it was built in only three months. Today its interior is one of the most dignified stages in Europe, a well-known place for Shakespeare's Hamlet performances.

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    Fort Lovrijenac

    by sandysmith Updated Nov 9, 2005

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    Fort Lovrijenac is an important fortress outside the city walls and it dominates the two approaches to the western part of the city. Together with Fort Bokar it closes and guards the oldest of the Dubrovnik harbours – Kalarinja. Today it is used for theatre productions of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.If you have time then do have a visit here, not a lot to see inside (small fee charged) but great views from the top.

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    Fort Lovrijenac

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 5, 2005

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    The Fortress Lovrijenac was built upon a sheer rock 37 metres high overlooking the sea. This detached fortress was of prime importance for the defence of the western part of Dubrovnik. It was first mentioned in a legend from the 11th century, but reliable data are from the 14th century, when its present form was determined. Triangular in a plan, Lovrijenac faces the western suburbs and the tower Bokar.
    Lovrijenac was defended with ten large cannons, and the largest was so-called Gušter (lizard), which never fired a single shot. There is a famous inscription over the entrance to Lovrijenac: "Non bene pto toto Libertas venditur auro" - Freedom is not sold for all the gold in the world.

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  • Fort Lovrijenac

    by grkboiler Written Dec 5, 2004
    Fort Lovrijenac

    Within view outside of the Pile Gate is Fort Lovrijenac. It stands above a steep cliff and was used to defend the walled city against enemies approaching from the west. The first fort was built in the 11th century. It is now used for stage productions.

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