Thursday 18 August 2016

The Golden Hour on The Stradun, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Early evening sunlight illuminates the Stradun - Dubrovnik's picture-perfect main drag. Rules forbidding conventional shop facades mean this pedestrianised street can feel like a giant film-set. The highly polished flagstones, worn down by generations of travellers, and the period lanterns outside each building add to the Stradun's captivating charm. 

Dating from 1516, the Sponza Palace was once the city's custom house, mint, bank, treasury and the armoury. It survived the earthquake of 1667, which flattened much of the city.

The Sponza Palace, overlooking the Luža square

Named after the Dubrovnik-born comedy writer of the Renaissance period, the Marin Držić Theatre is housed in a building dating from 1865.