Stradun, Dubrovnik

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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.

    A view to Stradun from the City walls Strolling along Stradun towards Luza Square
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    Orlando’s column

    by tpk2 Written May 27, 2007

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    In the center of the Luza Square at the eastern end of the main street Stradun stand the column of Orlando, dating from 1419. According to legend Orlando fought off an enemy of the city in the early Middle Ages.

    The 51.2 cm long forearm of the statue was used as a measure, Ragusan cubit, in trading.

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    Stradun

    by traveloturc Written Jul 24, 2006

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    According to a popular myth presented through the legendary Chronicle of the Priest of Duklja from 1171-1196, The strip of wetland between the two parts of the town, was reclaimed in the 12th century, unifying the city around the newly-made plaza (today Placa or Stradun). The plaza was paved in 1468 and reconstructed after the earthquake of 1667. The city was fortified and two harbours were built on each side of the isthmus.If you are less than 1.83 and if you are claustrophobic dont walk around croatian people and specially in stardun

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    Old Town's Main Street

    by Mikebb Updated May 28, 2006

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    Just inside the main gate you will pass the fountain and come to the main street which runs from east to west. This is a wide street and the stone road is said to be over 500 years old. It is very shiny and looks beautiful, it is hard to believe its age. This street was always very busy, there are numerous shops of all types ranging from fashion and handicrafts to ice cream and souvenir shops. The buildings are all old but have been well preserved. Very often you will see street entertainers, but the best entertainers are the tourists. Take a half hour out to have a coffee and watch the world go by.

    Stradun, The Main Street of The Old Town
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    STRADUN

    by ruki Written Jan 22, 2006

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    The Old Town's main street is called STRADUN or PLACA. It is a, approximately 300 meter long, pedestrian zone and it runs from the Pile to Plo?e gates, following the line of the channel that once divided the town into two parts.The street came into being in the 12th century, was paved in 1468 and reconstructed after the earthquake of 1667. The limestone pavement, polished by use, shines like glass after rain. The houses on each side, though preserving an ancient ground plan, also date from the 17th century, their elevation and style being uniform. Their shops mostly have the characteristic "na koljeno" combined door and counter. The "na koljeno" type consists of a door and window in a single frame spanned by a semicircular arch. The door was kept closed and goods handed over the sill, which served as a counter.

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    Street Views

    by sandysmith Updated Oct 25, 2005

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    This view of the street, taken from the walls of Dubrovnik, reminds me of a Lowry painting - they look like match-stick people from up here! Don't forget to explore the narrow side streets too, yes UP those steps!

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  • Stradun

    by mlasov Updated Oct 22, 2005

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    The Stradun is a medieval main street. It’s hustling and bustling by the standards of this low-key town. One of the most enjoyable things to do is to walk up and back several times. Each time you will notice a new church, palace or house of notable architectural interest. Also, take in the ambience of Croatian café culture. The café culture popular throughout Croatia may be a result of the lingering heritage of Austro-Hungarian rule and culture. Anyway, take a break, sit down, enjoy a nice cup of coffee and just look around and take in the wonderful ambience.

    The Stradun View from the walls
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    Walking down the Stradun

    by Obak81 Written Aug 25, 2005

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    When entering the old city via the Pile Gate you will find yourself on the beginning of the wide road that divides the old town in two. The Stradun it self is filled with different tourist shops. Postcards, tourist office, cafés, shops etc.
    On the north side of the road you will find narrow alleys going uphill. Going up these you will come to parrallel streets to the Stradun that are filled with restaurants.
    Going in direction of the sea (not harbour) you will find a parrellel street to the Stradun filled with Jewellery.

    Stradun from pile gate
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    Strolling on the Stradun

    by karenincalifornia Written Jan 12, 2005

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    The Stradun or Placa is the main promenade of Dubrovnik. Locals and tourists alike enjoy strolling along this street. Strolling is a popular pastime in this city. Since automobile traffic is not permitted in the old town, pedestrians don’t compete with automobiles for the streets.

    The shops along the Stradun are mixed. Some are tacky T shirt and coffee mug places, but there are also some very nice shops as well. Something for everyone.

    The Stradun in Dubrovnik
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    The Stradun

    by sieffron Written Dec 22, 2004

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    The Old Town's main street is called STRADUN or PLACA. It is a, approximately 300 meter long, pedestrian zone and it runs from the Pile to Ploče gates, following the line of the channel that once divided the town into two parts.The street came into being in the 12th century, was paved in 1468 and reconstructed after the earthquake of 1667. The limestone pavement, polished by use, shines like glass after rain. The houses on each side, though preserving an ancient ground plan, also date from the 17th century, their elevation and style being uniform. Their shops mostly have the characteristic "na koljeno" combined door and counter. The "na koljeno" type consists of a door and window in a single frame spanned by a semicircular arch. The door was kept closed and goods handed over the sill, which served as a counter.*

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    http://www.dubrovnik-online.com/english/monuments.php

    The Stradun
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  • Placa

    by grkboiler Updated Dec 6, 2004

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    The Placa, or Stradun, is the main road in the Old Town of Dubrovnik. It is very wide and was built after the earthquake of 1667. Before the earthquake it was lined with elegant palaces, but when rebuilt the government only allowed simple stone structures.

    There are several shops and cafes along the road, and it is always filled with locals and tourists. Walking through here is a highlight of any trip to Dubrovnik.

    To the immediate right in the photo is the Sponza Palace, which was a customs house, a bank, and now the home of the State Archives (historical documents of Dubrovnik). Admission is free and hours are 9am-4pm Monday through Friday.

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    Sunset Stradun

    by JLBG Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    The very beginning of the evening is the best time to walk the Stradun. The sun is still over the horizon and gives interesting shadows on the front of the buildings and on the pavement for the photographers delight !

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    The stradun, westwards

    by JLBG Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    The Stradun is the most animated place in Dubrovnik. It is at its best in early morning or late afternoon, such as on this picture. The sun does not hit as much than at midday and it is not as crowded as it will be in the evening.

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    The Stradun

    by JLBG Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    The only wide street in the old town is the Stradun (the placa). It runs from east to west across the core of the old town. A long time ago, it was a shallow strait of water between the continent and the island of Dubrovnik. When, beginning in the 11th century, it was fill to unit both sides that gave this open space, free of any building.

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