Photographer's Note

Can you imagine streets paved with pieces of marble?
Can you imagine how many feets have to walked over till they become so flat?
Can you imagine how many stories could they tell?

Extract from the web:
“The golden age of the Dubrovnik(Ragusa) Republic was in the 15th and 16th century.
Material prosperity and a feeling of security and freedom formed the basic of the culture of living in a humanistic way and stimulated a creative spirit.”

“In 1204 under the Doge Enrico Dandalo, the Fourth Crusade set out from Venice, taking in possession all the important ports and trade centres on their way from the Adriatic Sea to Constantinople. Dubrovnik also came under Venetian domination from 1205 to 1358.
After the Peace Treaty of Zadar in 1358, Venice ceded her domination over Dubrovnik to the Croato-Hungarian Kingdom. From that time, and until 1526, Dubrovnik recognized the sovereignty of the Kingdom's rulers. This was the period of Dubrovnik's greatest development and its attainment of the status of free, independant "Republica Ragusina."

With the expansion of the Ottoman Empire's dominion and the gradual dis- appearance of Croatia within the framework of Hungary, the armies of Suleyman II. stood before the gates of Dubrovnik in 1526.
On the strength of old commercial ties, a compromise could be reached with the pragmatic Ottomans who, unlike the Venetian, did not seek any changes in Dubrovnik's concept. With a tribute of 12500 Dukats, Dubrovnik bought herself freedom. Ragusa remained a free commercial city and consequently, an advantageous trade outlet for the Ottoman Empire (one can compare Dubrovnik's political situation at the time to the past-day Hong Kong). Venice power waned and Ragusa ultimately became the commercial gateway between the Orient and Western world."

For some information about, take a look
here and/or here

Scanned from negativ, USM, changed a bit the settings: brightness-5, contrast+2, intensity+3

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