Stradun, Dubrovnik

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    The main street

    by xaver Written Oct 31, 2013

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    It used to be a strecth of sea before it was filled during the 11th century. This is the main street of the town and it goes from Pile gate to Ploce gate. It is a totally walking street (cars come only on early morning to bring goods to shops and restaurants) and it's full of tables where to stop to eat an icecream or enjoy a coffe. At both sides of the stradun there are small streets and steps to climb to reach restaurants, apartment and more. At the beginning of any street you have a list of restaurants and other attraction that you will find and this is very useful and saves you from useless climbings.

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    The main st. in the old town

    by jlanza29 Written Oct 20, 2013
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    Stradun or Placa is the main street of Dubrovnik, Croatia. The limestone-paved pedestrian street runs some 300 metres through the Old Town, the historic part of the city surrounded by the Walls of Dubrovnik.

    We choose not to eat or buy anything on the Stradun since the prices are the highest in the old city.

    The site of the present-day street used to be a marshy channel which separated Ragusa from the forest settlement of Dubrava before it was reclaimed in the 13th century. Stradun stretches through the walled town in the east-west direction, connecting the western entrance called the "Pile Gate" (Vrata od Pila) to the "Ploče Gate" (Vrata od Ploča) on the eastern end. Both ends are also marked with 15th-century fountains (the so-called Large Onofrio's Fountain in the western section and the Small Onofrio's Fountain on the east end) and bell towers (the Dubrovnik Bell Tower to the east end and the bell tower attached to the Franciscan monastery to the west).

    Stradun became the city's main thoroughfare in the 13th century, and its current appearance was for the most part created following the devastating 1667 earthquake in which most of the buildings in Ragusa (as Dubrovnik was called back then) were destroyed. Before the earthquake the houses which line the street were not so uniformly designed as they appear today, with many of them featuring arcades and elaborate decorations. Following the 1667 earthquake and a large fire which broke out immediately afterwards, the Republic of Ragusa passed a law which specified the layout of all future residential buildings constructed in the city.

    Because of this all of the 17th-century houses lining the Stradun share the same pattern - the ground level always housed a shop with a street entrance featuring a door and a window in a single frame under a semicircular arch (during the day the door would be kept closed and goods would be handed to customers over the sill, thereby serving as a counter) and a storage room in the back with a separate alley entrance. The first floor was reserved for the living area and the second floor had various rooms, while the kitchen was invariably located in the loft above the second floor, to prevent the spread of potential fires.

    In recent times, the Stradun and some of the surrounding houses were damaged in mortar shelling during the Siege of Dubrovnik in 1991–92, but most of the damage has been repaired since.

    Many of the historic buildings and monuments in Dubrovnik are situated along the Stradun, because of which it serves as a popular esplanade for tourists. .ccasional concerts are also held at Stradun and it is regularly used as the site of New Year's Eve celebrations.

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    Placa / Stradun

    by Airpunk Written Aug 13, 2013
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    Originally Dubrovnik's main square, it shrank to a street after more and more buildings were built on it. Therefore the two different names: Placa means square, stradun street. The latter name was originally intended as a pejorative term by the Venetians, but became generally accepted as well. The street reaches from Pile gate to Luza Square, close to the other important old city gate, Ploce Gate. Due to the thousands of tourists coming every year, the marble stones on this street are polished and shiny – and contribute to nice light effects at night. It's the street not to be missed on any Dubrovnik visit and indeed hard to miss.
    The shops and restaurants in this street are focused on tourists and therefore usually more expensive than average. However, there are some good exceptions like the Festival café or the restaurant “Dundo Maroje”. At the time I visited, OTP bank had the best exchange rates in town.

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    Stradun

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 7, 2013

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    Stradun is the main street of the old town. This street runs from the Pile to the Ploce Gate. It is a wide, sunny street lined with interesting buildings. It can be very crowded. It starts at the Big Onofrio Fountain and St Saviour's Church, passes Orlando's Column and ends at small Onofrio's Fountain, the bell tower, Sponza Palace and the old port.

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    The Stradun

    by Balam Updated Sep 18, 2012

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    The Stradun is also known as Placa, It is the city's main street and runs from the Pile to the Ploce gates. it was originaly paved during the 15th century and mostly redone after an earthquake in the 17th century, the lime stone is polished by centuries of use and can be slippy if wet. There are some nice shops on and off The Stradum most were still closed when we first walked down but we bought most of our souvenirs (fridge magnets, ornaments etc) from the shops on here. When we walked back down it later on it was packed with people so we were very lucky to see it practically empty!

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    Once upon a time...

    by solopes Updated Aug 2, 2012

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    ... There was a channel separating two settlements, in the cliffs descending to the sea. One day the channel was filled, and became Dubrovnik main street, also called Placa. Its origins may be the reason for a so wide street in the middle ages, but today that is a blessing. No one can get lost in Dubrovnik in this old channel where, today, it flows not water but... people.

    Going from main door, in the west, almost to the harbour, at east, this street holds many of Dubrovnik's monuments, and anyway you go, you always leave from it and be back to it. Restaurants, esplanades and the usual tourist shops line it, giving life to this wonder that recovered from an earthquake in 1664 and the war in 1991. But Onofrje fountain keeps being the most romantic place for refreshment.

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    The Stradun

    by croisbeauty Written Aug 6, 2011

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    Placa (Stradun) is the real heart of Dubrovnik, it is the main open urban area and gathrering place for its citizens and visitors. It is the main business street but also the most favoured promenade. Like no other place in the world, Placa divides the old city into northern and southern halves. At the same time, it is the shortest communication in between Pile Gate and the Old Port.
    The street was constructed at the end of 11th century when the shallow channel separating the islet of Lava and the mainland. The name Placa is derived from the Greek and Latin "Platea", which is translated as street. The name Stradun comes from Venetian mocking and it is ironical name for the big street.
    The Senate of the Republic had ruled that every house which facing Placa must be of unified construction, built exculevely by the stone and of equal height. Also, every house should have space for several shops on the ground floor. Although pretty modest and simple with clean stone walls in construction, this complex cannot be denied the harmony in its simplicity.

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    The Stradun

    by antistar Written Nov 14, 2010

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    The old town's grand main thoroughfare may today be a sea of people fed by dozens of crowded tributaries, but once it was once just a simple marshy channel separating the town from the forested settlements nearby. The marshland was reclaimed in the 13th century, and quickly became the old town's main artery.

    Lined with shops, the street has changed little since its defining moment: the earthquake of 1667. A year after the Great Fire of London, the demolished streets of Ragusa were torn with raging fires, and the city had a similar regenesis.

    The rebuilding of the street meant the houses followed a uniform, and safer, pattern. Like the insulae of Rome, they contained a shop on the lower floor, living areas on the upper floors, with kitchens on the highest floor to lessen the threat of fire.

    Except for the repairs to the shelling of 1992, not much has changed on this street for over 300 years.

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    The Bell Tower

    by aukahkay Updated Sep 30, 2010
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    The Bell Tower with the clock was built in 1444 right in the axis of the Stradun. It is 31 m high and is one of the symbols of the free city state. The coloured brass face of the clock with the hand showing the phases of the moon and two human figures which strike the bell announcing the hours were made by Luka.

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    Stradun (Placa)

    by aukahkay Updated Sep 27, 2010

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    The Stradun is the main open urban area in the old town of Dubrovnik and the most favoured promenade and gathering place. It is the main business street of the old city centre. It is lined with shops, cafes and bars. Narrow side lanes lead off to narrow alleys lined with restaurants and cafes.

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    Stradun Placa Short Stroll End to End

    by BruceDunning Updated May 25, 2010

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    It is the main strolling area in the town and at each end the two main entry gates; Ploce and Pile connect. Along the 300 meter street are a number of quality retail shops, some tourist type lower end shops, and a number of restaurants. It was wide because before this was a water way, which was filled in during the 12th century to connect both parts of the town. In 1468, it was paved. It was redone form the earthquake damage of 1667. The shops have small arched doors and used to hand out goods from the windowsill and keep the door closed.

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    Stradun

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 11, 2010

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    Stradun, or Placa, is Dubrovnik's main street. This is the city's showplace, lined with shops and restaurants. When I visited, Croatia was substantially cheaper than Italy or northern Europe. This is a fine place to stroll and take in the sights.

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  • Stradun

    by sabsi Written Jun 6, 2008

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    The biggest street in Dubrovnik is Stradun. It connects the eastern entrance to the old town, Pile Gate, with the other one, Ploce Gate as well as with the old harbout. It has kept its beautiful looks with the stone houses on both sides and with beautiful churches, palaces, fountains and statues along its way since it was built in the 17th century.

    What I enjoyed most was the pavement. Over almost 400 years people used the street to go from east to west - millions of feet, walking shoes and sandals have left their traces. The limestone looks freshly polished and very slippery. I bet it wouldn't be too much fun walking down here in the rain. To the right and the left of the street you will mainly find touristy shops but I also found a great bookshop with lots of English books here.

    If you are lucky and the city is not flooded by cruise tourists on the day you visit you might actually be able to see the pavement ;) If not, come back in the evening. The pavement shines even brighter then and looks like it just had stopped raining.

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    Stradun

    by tim07 Written Mar 29, 2008

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    This wide street crosses the city from east to west linking 2 city gates. The street was built in the 12th century & paved in 1468. Today the street is full of bars, cafes & shops. There are cheaper alternatives throughout the city. The street however is always full of locals & tourists all day long.

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    Stradun

    by tpk2 Written May 29, 2007

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    Stradun, the main street of the Dubrovnik old town, divides the town into northern and southern parts. It's lined with identical stone houses built after the big earthquake in 1667.

    The Pile Gate leads into the western end of Stradun to Milicevic Square. The square has several attractions, such as The Big Fountain of Onforio, Church of St. Savior and Convent of St. Claire.

    At the opposite eastern end of the street is the Luza Square with the Clock tower, Orlando's column, Church of St. Blaise and Sponza Palace.

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