Dubrovnik was originally called Ragusa and was formed in the 7th century when coastal residents took refuge there under the onslaught of barbarian invasions. In 1205 it fell under the control of Venice but it managed to break away in 1358.
By the 15th century the Republic of Ragusa was a major rival of Venice .
In 1667, Dubrovnik was devastated by a major earthquake which destroyed most of its Renaissance art and architecture. Only the Sponza Palace and the Rector's Palace survived the destruction. The city was reconstructed in the baroque style that you see today.
After the earthquake, Dubrovnik fell into decline, hastened by the emergence of other European naval powers. It was Napoleon who finally put an end to the republic in 1806 when he entered the city and announced its annexation. In 1815, the Congress of Vienna ceded Dubrovnik to Austria to whom it remained attached until 1918.
Dubrovnik has one of the most beautiful walking area in the world called Stradun and being there in spring time is something that you need to feel in your lifetime.
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giorgimer (34866) 2011-08-28 14:57
nice capture. I like the backlight silhouette and the birds in the sky
batalay (35721) 2011-08-28 16:32
With the sky peppered with birds against a gorgeous sunset, this makes a spectacular photo, complemented by an informative note. Dubrovnik is truly one of the most beautiful small cities in the Mediterranean, and one that I've visited several times. Nonetheless, I can't wait to visit it again. However, you have submitted the image as a 479x640 pixel size. I think it deserves to be 599x800 file size, an the dark areas slightly lightened, in order to mimic the eye.
dale54 (6629) 2011-08-29 4:03
ANNA HI!REALLY LIKE YOUR PHOTO,ITS A LOVELY CAPTURED IN THIS SHOT,LIKE THIS SKY IN IT!GREAT WORK!
abmdsudi (43714) 2011-08-29 9:14
Fantastic image, so much character and feeling The composition is excellent with the shot taking the eyes towards infinity and the extensive depth of field gives the effect of sitting under that fantastic sky. The semi silhouetted row of buildings are excellent foregound interests but the threatening sky makes this a very fine image, with an uplifting feel. Great works, congrats
Ricx (13495) 2012-01-06 13:43
Hi Anna, a very special image.. the skyline is sharp against the busy glowing sky. The birds adding further interest. I think its the sharpness that brings out the dfetail of the image. well done a nd a great note. Have a great weekend Rich
mohammad_H (9460) 2012-02-13 8:52
Beautiful scripture with a cloud of light that shine in the sun weaken Make