Fortress Lovrijenac

The fort raises on the 37-metre high sea cliff outside the city walls. It is located across from the old town and an easy walk just outside the Pile Gate entry. One can approach it from the little Pile beach climbing the flight of stairs in the shadow of pine trees. The walls are 121 feet high and the thickest portion is 39 feet on the water side. For that and the big rock it is standing on, it is known under the name “Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar”.  There is a legend that it was built by the citizens of Dubrovnik in less than three months after the city was under threat to be conquered by Venice. Dubrovnik’s motto ” Non Bene Pro Toto Libertas Venditur Auro” (“Freedom is not to be sold for all the treasures in the world”) is inscribed above one of the entries. The Lovrijenac Fortress is not an integrated part of the City Walls but is seperated from the main Old Town complex by a small shallow harbour of pristine turquoise blue water and small fishing boats. You can walk through the ammunition storage rooms and imagine what some rooms and structures may have been used for. It’s fun to explore up and down the stone steps and there are great views. The entrance is covered under the ticket that you purchase for the city walls tour.

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