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Abbey Treasury, Korcula

Next to the cathedral the Abbey Treasury (Opatska Riznica) in the onetime bishop’s palace has a wide ranging collection of artifacts from St Theresa’s necklace to two tiny drawings by Leonardo da Vinci... more

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Bell Tower (Gradski Zvonik), Dubrovnik

The current bell tower replicates one that was built in 1444, The clock is an octopus with one tendril telling the time.  Every hour (and three minutes after) the time is chimed on the bell at the top by two bell ringers.  At the bottom time the time is shown in Roman numerals. .... more

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Diocletian Palace

Split’s old town is built on the remains of a Roman Palace built for Emperor Diocletian’s retirement (died AD 316). Split’s premier activity is touring the remains of this huge complex in the heart of the city. You can self-tour with a guide book or take one of the many walking tours. Ori... more

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Climb the steep steps to the top of the bell tower and be rewarded with sweeping views of Split. The tiny cathedral is housed in what was Diocletian’s tomb. You need separate tickets for the cathedral and the bell tower.... more

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Diocletian Palace Cellars

These massive cellars with their stout pillars were built to even out the palace’s foundation. Over the years they were used for water storage, sewers, the town dump, shelter from marauders and latterly a portion has become the town market with a vast array of mostly tacky souvenirs. Before y... more

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Diocletian Palace Entry Vestibule

The entrance to Diocletian’s living quarters was built to impress. The hole in the ceiling was once covered by a dome and the ceiling decorated with frescoes. The acoustics are perfect for klapa singers who are often found here performing capella harmonies.... more

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Diocletian Palace Golden Gate (Zlatna Vrata)

This was the main entry into Diocletian’s Palace. It’s double door design kept the palace safe. From the outside of the gate you get an unobstructed view of how the palace walls looked before so many buildings were tacked onto them. The big statue is by Ivan Mestrovic, Croatia’s answer to... more

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Diocletian Palace Jupiter's Temple

Found down a narrow alley off the Peristyle. Diocletian believed himself to be Jupiter reincarnated so opposite his tomb (no houses cluttering the view in those days) he built Jupiter’s Temple. It later converted to a baptistery with a massive 12th century baptismal font.  Above the font is ... more

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Diocletian Palace Peristyle (Peristil)

This impressive square with its red granite pillars is the heart of the palace. Here you find the Cathedral of St Dominus-formerly Diocletian’s mausoleum, the stairs that lead to the domed Entry Vestibule and the entrance to the narrow alley that brings you to Jupiter’s Temple. You’ll fin... more

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The Franciscan Monastery on the Stradum was the poor peoples’s church, rich people came here. Stroll round the cloister visiting the museum with its painting by Titian and the church which is still used by the order.... more

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Dubrovnik Cathedral

The original 12th century cathedral was funded by Richard the Lionhart who was shipwrecked nearby on his was to the crusades. In return for his survival he built a church that was destroyed in the 1667 earthquake. This version is 18th century Roman Baroque.... more

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Dubrovnik City Walls

A  premier attraction is a walk round Dubrovnik’s walls enjoying ever changing views of the city and the sea from your lofty viewpoint. People usually walk in a clockwise direction. Once you have bought your ticket and gone onto the walls you cannot go in and out. You can rent an audio guide... more

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Ethnographic Museum, Dubrovnik

This 16rh century building is where grain was stored. Rupe means hole like those that you peer down to see the huge underground grain stores. When the grain had to be dried it was moved upstairs to what is now the Ethnographic museum.... more

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Fancy your fish fresh, this is the place to buy it, come early in the day. In the evening the little square outside the market building is a casual fish restaurant---choose your fish and have it cooked.... more

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Fort of St Lawrence, Dubrovnik

Just outside the city walls by the Pile gate you see this huge fort, Dubrovnik’s oldest fortress, now used for the city’s Summer Festival.... more

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Franciscan Monastery (Franjevacki Samostan), Dubrovnik

Located just inside the Pile Gate. Walk the shaded cloisters of Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery to the museum the the monastery’s original medieval pharmacy, some relics, paintings and beautiful embroidered robes.... more

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Franjo Tudman Square, Korcula

Korcula’s square was renamed Franjo Tudman Square,  in 2001, after the first president of Croatia. To the left is the is the 16th-century Town Hall and Rector’s Palace and to the right is a tiny church dedicated to St Michael.... more

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Fruit Square Split

Fruit Square, a little square fronting onto the Riva at the roundabout is named for the produce that was once sold here... more

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Korcula Great Land Gate (Velki Revelin)

A steep flight of broad stone steps leads up from the harbor to the Great Land Gate the main entrance to Korcula’s Old Town. Climb the tower to see a small exhibit.... more

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Plitvice Lakes, Lake Kozjak

Lake Kosjak, the parks largest lake, sits between the Lower and the Upper Lakes. The 20 minute boat ride between the two halves of the park gives you a chance to admire the scenery. You can take an evening stroll from boat dock 1 along the shore of the lake.... more

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Plitvice Lakes, Lower Lakes

Just beyond entrance 1 the canyon opens up to vistas of the park below, a maze of lakes with boardwalks threading between them. You descend a steep path with switchbacks offering views at every turn. Follow the path G2 that winds you to boat dock 3 on Lake Kozjak  where you take the ferry to t... more

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Plitvice Lower Lakes, Velki Slap

The tallest waterfall in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Velki Slap, is a worthwhile 10 minute detour off the main path in the Lower Lakes.... more

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Marco Polo House (Kuca Marka Polo), Korcula

Born here in the 13th-century Marco Polo is definitely Korcula’s favorite son. The house that claims to have been his birthplace is in poor repair though the city has plans for a museum. In the meantime you can climb the little tower. On the same street is the Marco Polo Gift shop selling eve... more

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Maritime Museum, Dubrovnik
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Korcula

Korcula’s  walls and towers date from the 13th century. In the 19th-century the defenses had become obsolete and the town decided to use the top half of the wall to build new houses thus improving air circulation in the town and creating a promenade. In several places the towers and walls h... more

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Onofrio's Big Fountain

Onofrio’s Big fountain, a giant circular structure in the center of the square dates from the Middle Ages when it was the town’s water storage cistern.... more

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Just outside the town walls this most attractive square is called Pjaca (pronounced like the Italian piazza). Here you find the “Iron Gate” into the city, the Gradska Kavana a longtime meeting place for locals (great ambiance, disappointing food) and the onetime City Hall that now host exhi... more

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Pile Gate, Dubrovnik

Pile Gate (Gradska Vrata Pile) is the main entrance gate to the walled town of Dubrovnik…look carefully and you see the statue of the city’s patron saint, St Blaise, with Dubrovnik in his arm.... more

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Plitvice Lakes, Lake Kozjak

Plitivice’s Lakes are divided into Upper Lakes (Gornja Jereza), Kozjak Lake and Lower Lakes (Donja Jereza).  There are two entrances: Entrance 1 (Ulaz 1) by the Lower Lakes and Entrance 2 (Ulaz 2) by the Upper Lakes where you find the 3 hotels that are in the National Park (Hotel Plitvice, H... more

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Plitvice Lower Lakes, Supljara Cave

A boardwalk heads off over a small lake to Supljara Cave a large airy cavern that surprisingly was a backdrop in several 1960s Italian and German Spaghetti Westerns.... more

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Serbian Orthodox Church, Dubrovnik

Serbian Orthodox Christians were not allowed to have a church within the city walls till the mid-19th century. Dubrovnik never had a large Serbian population and most of them fled in the 1991 war. Still a few remain. Candles are lit as prayers. Those at knee high are for the deceased while thos... more

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Sponza Palace & Memorial for Dubrovnik Defenders

With its rounded arches and Gothic windows Sponza Palace dates from 1522 when is was the Customs Office. Now it’s home to exhibitions the most poignant of which is on the left as you enter, the Memorial Room of Dubrovnik Defenders with photos of the many young men who were killed fighting the... more

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St Jakob Beach, Dubrovnik

When you have had enough of the bustle of Dubrovnik head to the beach. Our favourite is St Jacob’s, well worth the 20 minute walk from the old town—leave the town at the Ploce Gate, after the Hotel Argentina take a right fork and keep walking till you reach a small church. Walk behind the c... more

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St Mark's Cathedral Korcula

The tiny town of Korcula had a bishop for over 500 years hence this beautiful little cathedral. Above the main alter is a Tintoretto painting. On the altar on the left is a statue of St Rok pointing to a wound in his leg-he’s a popular Croatian saint believed to help cure illness. In the main... more

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Synagogue Museum, Dubrovnik

When the Jews were forced to leave Spain in 1492 several of them ended up here. By 1546 Zudioska ulica (Jewish Street) had become a ghetto. Today the street is home to the second oldest continually functioning synagogue in Europe that contains Croatia’s only Jewish museum. The synagogue with ... more

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Strolling the Riva, the pedestrian promenade along the waterfront is a popular pastime for residents as well as visitors. If you are tired after a day of sightseeing there is no shortage of outdoor cafes where you can sit and people watch.... more

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Stradum (Placa) Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik’s main promenade is the heart of the city. Lined with shops and cafes this is THE place for an evening stroll.... more

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Plitvice Lakes, Upper Lakes

The most scenic stretch of lakes and falls is found in the Upper Lakes.  From entrance 2 a short walk brings you to Lake Kosjak and boat dock 1 where you take a ferry across the lake (5 minutes) to boat dock 2, follow signs for G2 and C as boardwalks and pathways lead you to Gradinsko Lake. Wh... more

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