One of the main reasons Dubrovnik earned a place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1979, are its almost intact stone walls. Their building had started some time during the 7th century and was finished completely a thousand years later. The main use of these walls during medieval Dubrovnik (Ragusa), which was a part of Byzantium at that time, was protection from the enemies arriving from the sea. Made out of limestone, its condition didn’t change at all, thanks to which it was made a tourist attraction in the last couple of decades.
As a result, an American travel website Trip Advisor made a list of ‘Top 10 monuments you need to visit before you die’ where they have included Dubrovnik walls. Needless to say, the town’s tourist visit rates went up – in the first nine months of 2013, 753 000 visits were recorded. We look at the walls as a whole, but actually they consist of several towers and fortresses: Minčeta Tower, Fort Bokar; St. John, Revelin and St. Lawrence Fortresses. Some other historical buildings are located out of town, such as Walls of Ston, Falcon Fortress, Prevlaka Fortress etc.
The walls are surely Dubrovnik’s most precious heritage, so don’t even try to plan your trip without some sightseeing. They open for visitors every day from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Entrance is possible on three sides of the walls; the Ploča Gate on the east, the Pila Gate on the west and Buže Gate on the northern side. Individual tickets cost 15 Euros, but only 4-5 Euros for students and minors!