Lord Byron described Dubrovnik as “The jewel of the Adriatic.“ George Bernard Shaw called it “paradise on earth.“ Indeed, something special is hidden in this old town. The Greeks set up their settlement in this area in the first part of the 7th century. Many different rulers changed over time, but along with the rest of Croatia's coastline, the Venetians had the greatest influence. Entering the inner walled city through one of the three gates, you will be amazed with Dubrovnik’s outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, filled with fortresses and towers (some of them date back to the 15th century), churches, monasteries, palaces and mansions. Rector's Palace, built as the government headquarters and a rector's residence, was first mentioned in the 13th century. Of great significance is the Sponza Palace, the former mint, bank, national treasury, school and customs office. The town was an important trading port, and in the Middle Ages the naval fleet of Ragusa (a Latin name of the city) was among the strongest in the Mediterranean. Stroll down the Stradun, the largest and most famous street, to the Great and Small Onofrio’s Fountain. Pass by the Orlando's Column. This is the spot where the public notices were read and where executions were held. Walk to the Bell Tower and many other attractions. The view from the city walls is stunning! It is a different perspective, of about 22 meters high and almost 2 kilometers long! It is not without reason that Dubrovnik has been on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites since 1979.