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In the meridional dalmatia, one can find a jewel called Dubrovnik. This city located in the very south of Coratia (Slovenia & Hungria in the north; Bosnia-Herzegovina in the east; Yugloslavia (Montenegro province of Serbia in fact) in the south) was built around the XIIth century and protected from the Arabs attacks by strong walls. Quite quickly, it became a major city ruling the good trading between the Balkanic area and the Mediterranean countries : it made its fortune upon the revenue from local products like salt, wine, oil or fishes but also from slaves, cows, honey, wood, coal, or silver goods.

The city grew so fast that in turned into competition with the power of Venice until the latter conquested it in 1205. In the XIVth century, the city became part of the Croato-hungarian kingdom for one century roughly before tuning independant under the name of the “Respublica Ragusina” even so close from the Ottoman empire.

Many conquests and natural disasters occured through the centuries, leading to the almost complete destruction of all of its original architecture. Still, it was always rebuild leading to an amazing result. The XXth century was no exception with the terrible war which led to the burst of the former Yougoslavia into several independant countries. During that war, the city was heavily damaged by bombing as one can see on that picture. But a constant effort to rebuild and a large scale UNESCO program helped to restore to the Dubrovnik roofs their original and flabbergasting aspect.

Original picture, USM applied and light tone adjustments.

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