Maintains a precarious equilibrium between Then and Now
Visit Old Town Dubrovnik
Historical City Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik's Old Town maintains a precarious equilibrium between Then and Now, Here and Elsewhere. In the Old Town, one feels a sense of displacement, as if all of Europe had come to cluster within Dubrovnik's fortified walls. At various points, most of Europe has. Witness the twisting staircase above Gundulic Square, an explicit homage to the Spanish Steps; the 16th-century Baroque cathedrals abutting Renaissance palaces and medieval fortresses; and the Gradska Kavana, a café straight out of fin de siècle Vienna.