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.
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.
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.
Fort Lovrijenac, located just outside the walls, stands on top a steep 37 meters high cliff. The sea surrounds it on three sides. It was designed for the defense against enemies approaching from the west, from the sea.
In the foreground, Minceta fortress, with its loopholes and machicolations is easy to recognize. In the background, fort Lovrijenac is located just outside the city walls. We will see more on it on another picture.
You will probably enter the old town through the Pile Gate - in front of you is the Stradun. Here you will find the Onofrio Fountain, built in 1438. On the right is the Franciscan Monastery, with one of the oldest functioning pharmacies in Europe, in operation since 1391. At the other end of the Stradun, you will find the locals' favourite meeting place, the Orlando Column, with nearby Sponza Place and the baroque church of St. Blaise. Here is also the Rector's Palace, built in 1441, which is now a city museum packed with valuable and historic exhibits. Opposite the palace through a narrow street is a square, Gunduliceva Poljana, which is the site of the busy morning market. In the same square is the Jesuit Monastery from the early 18th century. From here you can head for the little, old town port and visit the city walls, built between the 13th and the 16th centuries, which encircle the city and which have been remarkably preserved .
Still at the beginning of our walk and we got an amazing view of this fortress, called Fort Lovrijenac. It is located just outside the walls and stands atop a steep cliff. It was originally designed for defense against enemies approaching from the west. But now I hear it's used for popular stage plays performed during the summer time.
Fort Lovrijenac is another monumental and impressive fortress outside the city walls at the western side of the city. It rises proudly on a step sliff about 37 meters high, as if wrapped up in the legends about its origin, as well as those referring to the heroic deeds of its guards and defenders. It dominates the two approaches to the western part of the city, those from the sea and the land
There is a good view of this lovey fort from outside the city walls near the Pile gate, but there is an even better view of it from the city walls.
The Fortress Lovrijenac was built upon a rock 37m high overlooking the sea. It was of prime importance for the defence of the western part of Dubrovnik against invasion.