There is no city alike Dubrovnik, no city as beautiful nor as glorious
and tumultuous throughout its whole history that managed in preserving
its medieval charm so it can be felt and grasped even today as thousands
of tourists come to Dubrovnik experience.
One begins sightseeing just by entering the City and marvels at
every corner, every street and every piece of rock that lies
in this ancient masterpiece.
The wonder of Dubrovnik begins here:
(click on the gate to enter)
Enter the City
Gate, Ploče Gate, Pile
used to be four gates leading into The City of Dubrovnik:
the Pile Gate, the Ploče Gate,
Gate and the Ponta Gate.
An interesting anecdote from the 15th century tells how the citizens
of Dubrovnik considered opening another gate in the northern wall.
However, they could not agree, since some claimed it would be useful
because goods could then be brought into the City more easily, while
others feared it would weaken the City's defences.
So they invited two of the best known town planners of the time,
one from Ancona and the other form Genoa, to come to Dubrovnik to
advise them. The town planners arrived and both of them advised that
the gate be opened.
On the day after their departure the Rector convened the council
"It's now easy to reach a decision. Both the gentleman from
Genoa and the one from Ancona think it would be most useful to us
if the gate were opened. Therefore, notary write down this: "We,
just in case, will not open the gate".
However, a gate was opened in the northern part of the walls after
all, but during the Austrian rule- the so-called Buže Gate.
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