Dubrovnik Cathedral#10 in Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik
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Dubrovnik Cathedral, or the Church of the Assumption, is actually the third church built on the site. The first, a Byzantine-style building, was constructed in the 6th and 7th centuries, before a Romanesque church replaced it in the 12th century. Then, the 1667 earthquake wrecked the structure. The final incarnation assumed the Baroque fashion soon after. Aside from the architecture, which recent visitors praised, the artwork is of particular note, which includes Titian's the "Assumption of the Virgin Mary" at the main altar. For a small fee, you can explore the treasury that has amassed a large collection of previous reliquaries and several gilded body parts of St. Blaise.
Located right next to the Rector's Palace in Old Town, the church welcomes visitors daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April to November, with the exception of Sunday morning to observe Mass. The rest of the year, it opens at 10 a.m. and closes between noon and 3 p.m. The treasury charges a small entrance fee, but it is well worth the visit, according to reviewers.
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#1 City Walls
The first thing you'll see as you approach Dubrovnik from the sky or the sea is the city walls. These ancient fortifications were built and rebuilt in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries as the threat of Turkish invaders grew. At some points, the walls are almost 20 feet thick and 82 feet high. They enclose the entire Old Town, protected by strategically placed forts and towers.
Since the eminent threat of invaders has dissipated, the walls have become a tourist favorite, and set the dramatic stage for shows like "Game of Thrones." Atop the city walls, you'll enjoy some of the best views of Dubrovnik's tiled-roof buildings and the blue sea. During the Summer Festival, Shakespeare plays and other performances take place in some of the forts along the wall. While recent visitors warned you may have to wait in line to get up to the walls, it's worth it for the amazing views.
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