Franciscan Monastery#7 in Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik
This Franciscan Monastery has operated continually for almost 700 years. In 1667, an incredibly destructive earthquake almost brought down the entire complex; all that remained was the church portal. Even more fascinating, the monastery houses the third-oldest functioning pharmacy in Europe. The museum portion of the pharmacy houses antique laboratory equipment, tools and medical literature. Another highlight is the 14th-century cloisters with ornate columns that have unique faces on the capitals.
Many visitors make note of the site's peaceful atmosphere – especially the cloister garden – and say it provides a welcome reprieve from the crowds of Old Town.
This is a must-visit if you are interested in medicinal history or monasteries. 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. (until 2 p.m. in winter) and charges a small fee to enter. Visit the tourism board's website for more information.
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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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