Travel Photography Photos tagged as dubrovnik
Dubrovnik's main street
narrow streets in Dubrovnik's old city
The walled city was shelled for months during the homeland war - Residents thought they would be safe because it was a UNESCO site, but this was not respected. After the war, funding was available for reconstruction because of the UNESCO site designation - some structures were so damaged, they could not be saved.
Walked around the wall that encircles the original city of Dubrovnik. Some of it was so high and the steps so steep that I was really proud of myself for not having a panic attack.
Could you live at the top of an ancient walled city? He does!
Shops and restaurants are scattered along each stairway. Residents my age recall when everything they needed was included within the walls: grocer, butcher, cleaners, hardware. Now, everything is tourist trade and they must go outside the walls to shop - and then lug everything up the stairs home. Naturally, fewer and fewer can live within the walls.
Servant girls or other mothers who could not take care of their newborns would put the infant on a turntable under the window, turn the wheel, and deposit the child in the orphanage to be raised by the convent. Wealthy men of the city, who were generally the fathers of the unwanted infants, provided the funds to maintain the orphanage.