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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.
Located in Dubrovnik, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, just steps away from Museum of Modern Art and Banje Beach. Sponza Palace and Rector's Palace are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Dubrovnik, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of American College of Management and Technology, Pile Gate and Sponza Palace. Rector's Palace and Dubrovnik Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated in Dubrovnik, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pile Gate, Sponza Palace, and Rector's Palace. Banje Beach and Dubrovnik Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Dubrovnik Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from Church of the Holy Annunciation, Sponza Palace and Rector's Palace. Dubrovnik Cathedral and Pile Gate are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Dubrovnik Old Town, this apartment building is steps from Dubrovnik Natural History Museum, Rector's Palace, and Dubrovnik Cathedral.
Nestled on the beach, this Babin Kuk hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Dubrovnik, Lapad Beach and Copacabana Beach. Gruz Harbor and Dubrovnik Ferry Port are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Dubrovnik Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from Dubrovnik Synagogue, Sponza Palace and Rector's Palace. Dubrovnik Cathedral and Pile Gate are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Dubrovnik Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from House of Marin Drzic and Pile Gate. Sponza Palace and Rector's Palace are also within 5 minutes.
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