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The main thoroughfare

The most famous street in Dubrovnik is Stradun or Placa street. Stradun is the widest street in the old town, and runs east-west and divides the town in both northern & southern "halves". The surface is worn smooth by people walking on it. On both sides of the street are many shops, cafes and restaurants. At the eastern end is a clock tower and a another square. The many stepped streets leading off from Stradun street rise sharply. This is the street where gatherings and parades take place.

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Nov 09, 2014

The Stradun, Dubrovnik's main street

The main street of Dubrovnik where everyone's walked and also the busiest street. This really a nice street where you stroll over marble tiles. Stradun is a great place for everyone where all the shopping can be done, cafe and restaurants are in the streets and many wonderful shops. Prices are a bit higher than elsewhere, is a very touristy area. So, be careful if you like to do your shopping here

The Stradun or Placa is the wide street of the old city of Dubrovnik from east to west. The street starts at the Pile Gate and runs all the way to the Plocepoort on the other side of town. This is a car free area, you can walk without hesitation on the traffic. If you visit the Dubrovnik you will have to enter one of the entrance gate. It depends where you get off the bus or where you parked your car. You'll pass through to this main street if you like to walk through to the other gate

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Sep 02, 2014

Once upon a time...

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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Aug 23, 2014

The main street

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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Oct 31, 2013
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The main st. in the old town

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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Oct 20, 2013

Placa / Stradun

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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Aug 13, 2013


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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Aug 07, 2013

The Stradun

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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Sep 18, 2012

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The Stradun

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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Aug 06, 2011

The Stradun

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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Nov 14, 2010

The Bell Tower

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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Sep 30, 2010

Stradun (Placa)

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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Sep 27, 2010

Things To Do Near Stradun

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Fort Bokar

Protecting the seaward, south-western corner of the city and Pile Gate entrance is the Bokar Fort. The circular fort was built between the 15th and 16th centuries and was designed by the Italian...
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At the western end of the street called Šetalište kralja Zvonimira, there is a small beach. From here there is a footpath that follows the shore in the direction of the Hotel Neptun. This is a lovely...
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Big Onofrije's Fountain

Strategically located, this fountain from the 15th century, is visited by everybody, either to drink its cool water, either to wash face and hands. Sixteen fountains always pouring water brought...
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Island of Lokrum

For those who stay for a longer time in Dubrovnik, a day trip to Lokrum can be an interesting option. Though the island has no beautiful sand beaches, it has a couple of swimming opportunities, a lot...
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Minceta Fortress

Located in the north area, in the highest point of the walls, this strong construction, besides its imposing structure, is a good place to photograph the town. Climbing it under the sun is hard,...
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Old City

There is a famous view over Dubrovnik which I am very familiar with. I was not sure where to take it from.Then I had a look at Sandy Smith's VT page and she had the view and said she had seen it from...
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Getting to Stradun


Stradun or Placa is the main street of Dubrovnik


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