Stradun, Dubrovnik

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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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    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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    Strolling on the Stradun

    by karenincalifornia Written Jan 12, 2005

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    The Stradun in Dubrovnik

    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.

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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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    Old Town's Main Street

    by Mikebb Updated May 28, 2006

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    Stradun, The Main Street of The Old Town

    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.

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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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    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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    The Stradun

    by sieffron Written Dec 22, 2004

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    The Stradun

    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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    Stradun

    by acemj Updated Apr 10, 2004

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    The Old Town's main street runs right down its heart from the Pile Gate entrance on the western end to the Ploce Gate access on the east side. Along the way, the beautiful, wide pathway is lined with shops that share a strikingly uniform design as a result of historic preservation efforts. As you walk along the street, you'll notice that the constant foot traffic has buffed the limestone beneath your feet to a smooth finish.

    I was here in February and even at this cooler time of year, cafes were doing a steady business during the daylight hours. In the summer, the foot traffic is significantly heavier and free tables are harder to come by at the many cafes.

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    St. Saviour's Church

    by acemj Updated Apr 10, 2004

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    At the western end of Stradun, right across from Onofrio's fountain, is this simple church. It was built by order of the Dubrovnik Senate in 1520 in gratitude that the city survived a major earthquake that year. It is the work of the brothers Andrijic, builders from the nearby island of Korcula. Be sure to check out the intricate carvings above the main door.

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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 most known street - Stradun

    by IngaA Written Oct 19, 2003

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    Stradun street

    Like Champs-Elysées in Paris, like Vaci in Budapest, like Hreschatyk in Kyiv, Stradun is the main street of Dubrovnik. Located in the old part of the city, wide, full of beautiful buildings, churches, fontains.
    And of course main shopping area.

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    Dubrovnik: Stradun or Placa

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Nov 7, 2003

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    Stradun or Placa

    After the walk of the walls we returned to the main promenade of the Old Town. This walkway is interchangeably referred to as Stradun or Placa, but if I paid any attention to that audio tour, Placa was what the Italians had originally dubbed it.

    This is the popular thoroughfare for tourist traffic as you'll find the street lined with historical and religious attractions as well as boutiques and souvenir stores.

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    Walking down the Stradun

    by Obak81 Written Aug 25, 2005

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    Stradun from pile gate

    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.

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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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