[ Photo Blog #66 ]
I now continue my tour of Dubrovnik with more photographs taken from the superb viewpoint of the magnificent 16th Century walls surrounding the city, during my visit there in 2006. It is amazing to realise that, only 15 years before my visit, the city had been under siege from invading forces of the Yugoslavian People’s Army during the Croatian War of Independence.
At that time Dubrovnik was a designated UNESCO ‘Protected’ World Heritage Site and the attack on the then besieged city shocked the world. It had been caught up in the war being fought in the former Yugoslavia. The military engagement saw the city under siege from both land and sea and constant shelling destroyed many of its ancient baroque buildings and marbled streets. Many of Dubrovnik’s inhabitants were killed or injured during the bombardments. Most the buildings in the old town were struck by shells. The city walls were badly damaged in many places, and its palaces, churches, its monastery and fountains were also badly damaged.
Incredibly, by the time of my visit, Dubrovnik, as you can see from my photographs, had, at a huge cost, been largely restored to something approaching its former glory.