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About Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia in Croatia. One of the most important tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik is also a busy seaport and an inclusion on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The population is more than 42,000. Dubrovnik is located 229km south east of Split, 348km south east of Zadar, and 557km south east of Krk.
Rent a car in Dubrovnik and explore the coastline of this stunning region. Dubrovnik has had a remarkable history. A spectacularly well-preserved medieval walled city (one of the top ten in the world), it achieved great wealth and prominence as the capital of the maritime republic of Ragusa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Though demilitarised in the 1970s, Dubrovnik suffered substantial shelling damage in 1991, when it was besieged by the Yugoslav People's Army.
Despite an earthquake in 1667 and sustained shelling in 1991, Dubrovnik retains many treasured buildings, including Europe's third-oldest pharmacy - built in 1317 - and the oldest still in operation. Other gems are the Arboretum Trsteno, the world's oldest arboretum, which dates back to the 1490s. The finest Renaissance building is the 16ht-century Sponza Palace, and the Gothic-Renaissance Rector's Palace features some finely carved capitals and an ornate staircase.