Walking the wall, a view from the edge
We have had the pleasure to visit many ancient architectural sites, on our trip around the world. While the city walls of Dubrovnik are not the oldest, they are easily accessible and extremely impressive. Not just for the scale of their size, but for the role they have played in defending the city over time.
What is hard to comprehend is the last siege of Dubrovnik occurred in 1991. I had just moved to the West Coast of Canada and met my husband. While I was completely absorbed in my life, Dubrovnik was besieged and attacked by forces of the Serb-dominated Yugoslav People’s Army. While the design of the fortification was built for defences in another century it is reported that the ancient walls in fact were more effective at resisting modern weaponry than contemporary structures in the city’s periphery.
That really upholds the old saying, “they don’t build [it] like they used to!”
Here we are 28 years later, walking the city walls with a myriad of other tourists, marvelling at the scale of the fortifications. Who could have imagined that they would still be required, in relatively modern times as a means of defence.
Enjoy some of the highlights of our walk through the city!
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