Dubrovnik Now and Then

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Dubrovnik Now and Then - Historical tour about social and urban change in the 20th century


Dubrovnik is more than meets the eye. You'd be surprised by the level of change the city went through over the past 100 years. Did you know that the city walls weren't always open to visitors? Until the second half of the 20th century they were still a military complex closed to the public. This historical walking tour focuses on the tumultuous 20th century and will show you how Dubrovnik changed socially, urbanistically and culturally.

Dubrovnik Now and Then will show you the main street as it looked like in the 1930s, lined with shops that catered to everyday people's needs. On this historical walking tour you will witness the fashion of the 1920s, you will see the lost monuments and demolished houses that made way for a new urban fabric of the city. We will tell you about communist statues taken down in the 1990s, sculptures that were seen as politically incorrect and lots more...

Did you know that there used to be a tennis court very close to the northern city gate? Today, it is a parking lot! What about the road that goes behind the old town? The guide will tell you about its construction and the idea to modernize the traffic in the city. We'll show you where the so-called Russian house used to be and much more on this historical walking tour.

The 20th century is unjustly pushed aside when reflecting upon Dubrovnik's history and this historical walking tour was created to give it the credit it deserves, for it truly was a century full of twists and turns, wars and ever-changing political regimes and it has definitely left a strong imprint in the mentality of Dubrovnik citizens as well as the very appearance of the city.

Tour highlights:

  • Photobook with rare historical images of Dubrovnik in the 20th century
  • Visit to places that experienced the most urban change
  • Hands-on insight into the lifestyle of Dubrovnik people

Duration: 2 hours  Price: 140 Kn per person

Please note: this is a private thematic tour, available upon request.