The Old Town of Dubrovnik
The ancient synagogue and the walls of the city
Old Dubrovnik is surrounded by an impressive wall 1,940 meters long. The city’s area is about half a square kilometer, and most of its streets are quite narrow, because it is forbidden to drive vehicles in the Old City. The great walls are undoubtedly the most impressive building structure in Dubrovnik, perhaps in all of Croatia. They were built in the 11th century and are a symbol of the cultural and economic heyday of the city. The city was designed according to the Venetian methods of the same period, and the walls survived repeated attacks, more than any other site in the city, thus symbolizing the stubbornness of the city’s inhabitants to uphold its unique style and character.
The first Jews arrived in the city at the beginning of the 14th century. With the expulsion from Spain, Jews from Spain and Portugal came to Dubrovnik and organized the community and its institutions. In those years the Spanish synagogue was built on the Jews’ Street. The synagogue is one off the most ancient in Europe. It was built in the 14th century but its current structure is from the 15th century. In the synagogue there is a Torah scroll from that period. The offices of the Jewish community are located on the first floor of the building where also the Jewish Museum is located. The synagogue itself is on the second floor.
Old City Walls
The walls of the city were built between the 12th and the 16th centuries. The height of the wall reaches 25 meters and the thickness comes to 6 meters. The walls have five fortresses and 16 watchtowers. During the tour we will pass through fortresses and look out over the rooftops and streets of the city.
Departure time: 10:00
Estimated return time: 17:00
Adult: 60$ Child: 45$