Culture and Monuments of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is one of the most culturally rich cities in Europe and is indebted to the creative minds that captured a different side to the city. Throughout its turbulent past, a parallel history was being written, one involving no swords or sieges but rather pens and brushes, strings and stages.
Waves of creativity saw culture, science and literature blossom in Dubrovnik. One of the most influential figures in its history, Ivan Gundulić, captured the freedom and beauty of his city and people in his many works, most significantly in the play Dubravka. In fact, freedom is one of the most recognisable symbols of Dubrovnik. When residents hear the word “libertas,” they automatically associate it with the city and the epochal works of Gundulić.
Numerous great figures have passed through Dubrovnik, leaving their mark on the city. These include the legendary 16th-century playwright and prose writer Marin Držić, who is still studied in Croatian schools today, Nikola Božidarević, founder of the Dubrovnik School of Art during the Renaissance period, and the groundbreaking scientists Marin Getaldić and Ruder Bošković.