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Minceta Fortress

Go to the top of this 14th-century stronghold to experience spectacular views of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea.

One of the most prominent towers found along Dubrovnik’s defensive walls, Minceta Fortress is the highest point in the city’s defence system. Beautiful from a distance, the massive tower is equally impressive up close, and from its ramparts you can enjoy superb views over the city.

The fortress started life as a simple structure in the 14th century to guard Pile Gate and the city center. As the threats to Dubrovnik increased over the years, the bastion was reinforced and rebuilt on numerous occasions. The walls of the fort’s round tower are 20 feet (6 meters) thick, providing a firm resistance against potential attacks. It is named after the family who owned the land fort was built on.

Walk along the ancient walls to get to the tower. Start at Pile Gate, the 16th-century grand entrance to the old town. Above the portal is a statue of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik. During your progress to the tower, stop to admire the view of the fort from a distance. At one time there would have been several powerful canons pointing out from its walls, but they are absent now. The most recognizable feature is the decorative gothic crown, an ornamental addition from the 15th century which gives the fort the appearance of a large chess piece.

Once you arrive at Minceta Fort, follow the narrow stone stairway to the top of the tower. It is a steep climb, but the views are worth it and among the best in Dubrovnik. Look down on the rooftops of the old town and across the Adriatic Sea. See if you can spot Lokrum Island on the horizon. On a clear day, you may also be able to see Montenegro’s Mount Lovcen.

Minceta Fortress is located in the northwest section of Dubrovnik’s old town. Admission is included with the entrance fee for the city wall tours. 


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