SUMMER VILLAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF DUBROVNIK

The glory and splendour of the Republic of Dubrovnik and its high cultural housing standards are best reflected in numerous summer villas built by local noblemen and wealthy merchants throughout the territory of the tiny state, and especially along the coast of the Rijeka Dubrovačka and on the islands.
The glory and splendour of the Republic of Dubrovnik and its high cultural housing standards are best reflected in numerous summer villas built by local noblemen and wealthy merchants throughout the territory of the tiny state, and especially along the coast of the Rijeka Dubrovačka and on the islands.

One of the most interesting examples of the countryside architecture is the Renaissance-Baroque summer villa of the Gučetić-Gozze family. Set in the middle of luxuriant vegetation, the house is the highlight of the Trsteno Arboretum, which is planted with both indigenous and exotic specimen. After a stroll through the gardens, we take a boat to Suđurađ, a village on the Island of Šipan, where we visit the summer villa of the Stjepović-Skočibuha family. Overlooking the harbour, this complex represents one of the best preserved examples of the Ragusan Renaissance countryside architecture. Erected on the site of an earlier shipbuilding yard, the construction of the villa ended in 1563. The rigidly disposed interior contains a unique wooden balcony from the 16th Century, apparently the only one preserved from that period on the whole of the Mediterranean.

We next sail to another Elaphite island – the Island of Koločep, or Kalamota as local people call it. The golden age of Kalamota goes back to the 15th Century, when numerous summer villas, churches and chapels were built there. At the time of the Republic, the island was famous for shipbuilding and maritime activities. It is interesting that two experienced seamen from Koločep took part in the expedition aboard the Columbus’s ship Santa Maria as members of the crew.

Our excursion ends in Dubrovnik, where we visit Kazbek, the summer villa of the Zamanja family from the 15th Century, which has been turned into one of the most exclusive Ragusan hotels.

 
   
 
 
 
 
   
 

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