Fort Lovrijenac

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Fort Lovrijenac Dubrovnik Reviews

EmEm EmEm
159 reviews
Say 'YES' here! Mar 13, 2015
Outside the Dubrovnik city walls, high on a gigant rock surrounded by the sea, there is built the Fort Lovrijenac( Fort of St. Lawrence). If you are approaching the old town at its gate Pile from the main street, there is a narrow passage on the right behind a big fountain and among houses, which will take you to the Kalarinja harbour right in front of the fort. Kalarinja is famous for being the Dubrovnik's oldest harbour. On your left side you'll see the Fort Bokar, which is incorporated in the city walls.

Fort Lovrijenac is also a part of the city walls, so with the same ticket you can enter on both places. The price of the ticket in 2001 was only 16 kuna and now, fifteen years later, it has increased to 120 kuna. To comlete your visit to the old town you'll have to climb high and steep stairs on the rock, where the fort is situated. There is nothing special inside the fort, so everybody passes quickly the hall and gets outside to the top on the fresh air for the splendid views around it.

For centuries, the fort was the greatest defender of the city's freedom. Above its gates is engraved a message: "Non bene pro toto libertas venditur auro"( Freedom cannot be sold for all the treasures of the world) and flies the flag with its symbol "Libertas"- Freedom. It was taken out of the Aesop fable: "Of Dog and the Wolf" from the book of Walther of England.

In the story a starving wolf admires the lifestyle of the dog who is well fed and has all the commodities he could possibly want until the end of the fable when the wolf notices collar scar marks on the dog's neck. Only then the wolf tells this famous sentence how liberty can not be sold for all the gold in the world as this beautiful blue sky offers much more.

During the Dubrovnik Summer Festival it becomes a stages for the performance of Shakespeare's "Hamlet".

This fort is also a place where newly married couples take their photos. The municipality allows also foreign citizens to perform the wedding ceremony with a fee, of course. From this romantic place there is a magnificent view of the old town, the island Lokrum and the sea around it, specially beautiful at sunset.
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Ils1976 says:
I mean the pictures of course!!!
Posted on: Apr 05, 2016
Ils1976 says:
hahaha, seen it all before but it looks like I definetly have to go there one day ... maybe one day! :D
Posted on: Apr 05, 2016
EmEm says:
thank you and welcome! :)
Posted on: Sep 02, 2015
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Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
216 reviews
Glorified Viewpoint Jul 02, 2010
Didn't think much of the fort itself, an indication being I didn't take any pictures inside it.

A steep climb up from the Old Town to get here and you have to pay to get in, although if you have already walked round the City Walls it is included on that ticket. There is hee haw inside it worth seeing, in fact there is nothing really inside it.

It does have a tower and ramparts though where you can get really great views back down into the Old Town, and to a lesser degree up the coast past Lapad.

One of the more interesting thins about Fort Lovrijenac is the inscription above the door, but you don't even need to go in to see that. The inscription is Non Bene Pro Toto Libertas Venditur Auro - Freedom is not to be sold for all the treasures in the world, which is a nice sentiment.

If you've time to spare it's worth going up for the view, but nothing more than that
Stari Grad Seen From Fort Lovrjenac
Turret On The Stari Grad Wall
Inscription On Fort Lovrjenac
Fort Lovrjenac From Down in The Bay
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el_wray says:
Now, it's a pretty kool review! Thumbs up for Ian! =)
Posted on: Aug 18, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
There you go. Sorted ;)
Posted on: Aug 17, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
Good point Cihan, I'll edit it in and nobody will notice :D
Posted on: Aug 17, 2010
croguide croguide
9 reviews
Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik Feb 12, 2009
Lovrijenac is the highest fort of Dubrovnik and certainly the most impressive one. In literature known as the "Gibraltar of Dubrovnik", Lovrijenac rises above 37 meters high rock. It changed roles in the course of history. The main purpose of its construction was defense, and the main idea was to protect the freedom of Dubrovnik.

There is a stone inscription above the gates leading to the fort, saying: “Non Bene Pro Toto Libertas Venditur Auro” – “Freedom is not on sale, not even for all the treasure on the world”. Still, after 450 years of independence and freedom of Dubrovnik, in 1806 it was overrun by Napoleon’s army and the French flag that rose over Lovrijenac symbolically marked the end of the famous era of the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovacka republika). From that year till today, several governments and social orders changed, whilst Lovrijenac also changed its functions. During the World War II it even served as a prison.

After these turbulent times, and various destinies and tales told inside the great walls, since 1952, when Hamlet was played there for the first time, up till now, Lovrijenac has lived its new life in the service of art and creation. Shakespeare’s Lady Machbeth, Richard II. and III., King Lear, as well as plays by Euripides, Pirandello, Molliere, Brecht…

Many Croatian writers and directors also had the opportunity to use Lovrijenac as a perfect stage for their unforgettable plays, and we all wait impatiently for the future plays under the blue sky, within the Dubrovnik summer festival.
Lovrijenac, Dubrovnik
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