Photographer's Note

The main street of Dubrovnik’s old town is called the Placa, but is also known as Stradun. Tourist guide books often refer to it as a ‘marble street’ but in fact it is paved in stone that has been polished smooth by centuries of people walking over it. Nowadays no vehicles are allowed in the old town, so in the summer months the Placa, lined with trendy cafes and shops, becomes one of the busiest promenades in Dubrovnik.

At the end of the Placa is the clock tower which was first built in the 15th century, but restored many times. The current structure was restored in 1929 and fortunately escaped the shelling of Dubrovnik by the Yugoslav Army, Serbs and Montenegrians in 1991 and 1992. In this picture you will be able to see that more than half the roofs are quite new, whilst the rest are much older. About 70 per cent of the buildings in the old town were damaged in the shelling of Dubrovnik, two out of three roofs holed, and several historic buildings were burned down. The city has done a good job of restoring the old town – except that it was not possible to perfectly match the colour of the roof tiles because the tile factory that had made the originals had long closed down.

I tried taking some shots of the Placa at street level but it was hard to get a good composition because of the crowds of people walking in front of the camera all the time. So I went up onto the top of the city wall near the Pile Gate for this POV.

PP: Cropped, adjusted levels, lightened shadows 3%, darkened highlights 3%, increased saturation 9%, USM.

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1231 W: 108 N: 2568] (7797)
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