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Croatia-01786 - Three Fortresses

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At the top right is Fortress Lovrijenac or St. Lawrence Fortress, often called "Dubrovnik's Gibraltar", is a fortress and theater located outside the western wall of the city.


It is often called Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar, is built on a rock wall 37 meters (121.4ft) above the blue Adriatic. Legend has it that the fort was built by local residents in a mere three months back in the 11th Century after hearing that the Venetians were planning to build their own fort at this same spot,.


Just above the round tower is Bokar Fortress located at the southwest part of the City Walls and served as the protector of Pile Gate, City Bridge and moat at Pile. This round tower was built between 1461 - 1570. It is said to be the oldest casemented fortress in Europe and contains a small lapidary collection and numerous cannons.


The round tower at the bottom is Minceta Tower, located in the North wall ending, facing the land. The name derives from the name of the Menčetić family, who owned the ground the tower was built on. Minčeta, the highest point in the Dubrovnik defence system, is a large round fort with a massive base in the form of a huge covered outer wall.

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Taken on June 8, 2013