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Dubrovnik is home to numerous Renaissance monuments

June 17, 2011 - 2:26am
Dubrovnik
Vacationers who are going on a pilgrimage cruise will not want to miss out on visiting Dubrovnik, a city in Croatia that is located on the Adriatic coast. It has a rich and storied history that travelers would be remiss not to explore on their trip abroad.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, known for its thriving maritime trade industry and numerous Renaissance-era attractions.

The Sponza Palace is a 16th century marvel that survived a major earthquake in the late 1660s. It features Renaissance architecture and now serves as the home for the National Archives. Nearby is the Rectors Palace, which boasts Gothic-Renaissance stylings in its carved capitals and intricately designed staircase.

The St. Saviour Church is another structure from this era, built in the 1520s following a highly destructive earthquake. Although the Renaissance architecture is evident in its facade's three-leaf semicircular top, the church features Gothic-inspired designs as well, with lateral windows and pointed arches.

Other sights to see include is the Franciscan monastery, St. Blaise's Church and the Dominican Monastery.