Croatian and Mediterranean pearl
After his visit to Dubrovnik, the Irish writer George Bernard Shaw wrote: "Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik".
Dubrovnik is unique in the world because of the impressive medieval fortresses, churches, monasteries and palaces, and it is often called the pearl of the Adriatic.
More than a thousand years of its history have made Dubrovnik a European cultural center. At first a small community, the city soon flourished and became the seat of an independent Republic of Dubrovnik. Republic mastered the art of seafaring, creating a fleet on the South Adriatic, which could be compared with that which had Venice in the north.
History is present in the entire city, which is both a museum and a lively stage where they encounter cultural heritage and modern life. Each house and monument has a unique value. The historic core is surrounded by monumental walls that have been preserved in its original form and open to visitors as the biggest attraction of Dubrovnik.
In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.