City Bell Tower

A beautiful landmark of the Old Town, with a bell struck by two bronze men.

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Don’t miss the Orlando Column, located just beneath the tower in Luza Square, which has an intriguing story of its own.

Standing 31 metres tall above Luza Square, the city bell tower is one of the most important landmarks on Dubrovnik’s famous Stradun thoroughfare. Its gleaming white stone and neat, precise design fit perfectly with the prevailing architectural style of the Old Town, and it effortlessly commands the attention of all visitors to Stradun’s eastern end.

The Little Green Men

The tower was designed and built by master architects Grubačević, Utišenović and Radončić in 1444. Provided with ample funds to work with by the authorities of the rich city-state, the architects included an unusual feature in the design. Instead of the traditional clapper hanging inside the bell, two wooden statues of men bearing hammers were made and placed on either side of the bell. At the appointed time, every hour and half-hour, the men would strike the bell with their hammers and allow the peal to ring out across the city. The years took their toll on the original two, and a pair of more permanent bronze replacements were fashioned and named “Maro” and “Baro”. Over time they became green with the tinge of corrosion, and have been nicknamed the “zelenci”, or “green men”, ever since.

The Leaning Tower of Luza

After the large earthquake of 1667, which destroyed most of the city, the tower began to lean noticeably. However, it was not until more than 250 years later that it was deemed structurally unsound, and in 1929 much of the tower was taken down and replaced to exactly the same specifications.

Nearby Attractions

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Dubrovnik Cathedral
This Baroque Roman Catholic cathedral was rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake on a site of worship that dates back to the 7th century.
Walls of Dubrovnik
The imposing defensive walls of Dubrovnik guarded the freedom of a sophisticated republic for five centuries.
Rector's Palace
This secular palace is a harmonious combination of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture.
Dubrovnik Cruise Port
A port renowned for its fascinating history, crystal clear water and astounding superyachts.
The Synagogue and Jewish Museum
The world's oldest operating Sephardic Synagogue, with a museum telling the story of the Jews of Dubrovnik.
Orlando Column
A 600-year-old column carved in honour of the legendary knight Orlando, who saved Dubrovnik from a siege by Arab pirates in the 8th century.

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  • Dubrovnik is a brand that is recognized worldwide, thanks to its unique beauty and rich cultural heritage. This city protected by UNESCO delights millions of visitors a year, so let it do the same with you.

Before exploring the beauty of the town, you will drive up to Srdj Mountain (quite a low mountain - so don't worry if you're scared of heights!), which is just behind Dubrovnik. You will enjoy a variety of landscapes and spectacular views of Dubrovnik and its surroundings. Glistening turquoise seas and cobbled streets are two characteristics that fit the view of this stunning picturesque town. 

The top of the mountain sees the Fort Imperijal - built from 1806 to 1816 during the Napoleonic Wars. From this very spot, you can see all of the old town, Lokrum Island, the Adriatic sea and much more. The most idyllic place for relaxing, taking some time for yourself and loved ones and capturing some of the most amazing moments.

Arriving at the top, you will have the opportunity to see the city from a bird’s eye perspective. After a short tour, we will return to the old city centre where the guide will take you through the rich history that the city guards within its impressive walls. Stone cobbled streets, numerous churches, museums, and monuments wait to be discovered.

Take a peek into the rich history of the city, which today is used as a living backdrop for world-famous films and series such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Borgias, etc.

Dive into the rich historic presence of the town known as Dubrovnik. There are secrets hidden being every city wall - preserved from hundreds of years ago and when you finish this city of scenes tour you will leave full of knowledge and appreciation of the city's culture.  

George Bernard Shaw summed it all up in one sentence: ˝If you want to see paradise on earth, come to Dubrovnik.˝


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