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 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.*
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right in the photo is the Sponza Palace, which was a customs house, a bank, and now the home of the State Archives (historical documents of Dubrovnik).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.
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 !
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.
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.
Every city has its famous and representative street.
The Stradun is such a street in the old town of Dubrovnik.
It used to be the main sewer and when all sewage system was built it was covered up.
All the buildings along the Stradun are almost the same. The same height, the same structure, made of white stone with red roofs.
Equality was very important for citizens.
The structure of the house:
Ground floor - shops and services
First floor - bedrooms
Second floor - representative rooms
Third floor - kitchens
Pavement of the Stradun is polished by strollers and it is smooth and shiny.
Placa-Stradun is the name of Dubrovnik's main street. It was built over the sea channel which once separated the halves of the city. The stone pavement has been worn smooth over the years and the heat just bounces of it so make sure you have water with you - this is a hot city!
The design of the Placa goes back top the 13th century but a great proportion was destroyed by the 1667 earthquake so gothic and renaissance were replaced by baroque facades.
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.
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.
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.
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.