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Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Atmosphere

This Franciscan Monastery has operated continually for almost 700 years. Even more fascinating, the monastery houses the third-oldest functioning pharmacy in Europe. The museum portion of the pharmacy has antique laboratory equipment, tools and medical literature. In 1667, an incredibly destructive earthquake almost brought down the entire complex; all that remained was the church portal. One highlight is the 14th-century cloisters with ornate columns that have unique faces on the capitals.

Despite how enticing the monastery sounds, visitors have had mixed feelings. One TripAdvisor user says, "We were in and out of this in under 10 minutes," while an IgoUgo user comments, "There is an admission charge to enter but well worth the few dollars to experience and view this ancient pharmacy and a museum." We suggest that if you are interested in medicinal history or monasteries, pop in for a look as it is conveniently located in Old Town right near the Rector's Palace and the Dubrovnik Cathedral. The monastery welcomes guests from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. and charges about 30 HRK (or about $5.75 USD) to enter.

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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. 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. A recent IgoUgo.com visitor advises: "Make sure your cameras prepared and you have something to drink and a hat (the Dalmatian sun can take a heavy toll on you if you're not prepared -- there's very little shade on the walls). There's also some stair climbing along the way, so children might better wait down below."

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