Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sunset on the cliffs

As I said, I love summer photos in the winter. This is an HDR I created a while back during my stay in Dubrovnik. This building is called St. Lawrence Fortress (Lovrijenac), often called Dubrovnik's Gibraltar, is located outside the western city walls, 37 metres (121 ft) above sea level. The fortress has a quadrilateral court with mighty arches and, as its height is uneven, it has 3 terraces with powerful parapets with the broadest one looking south towards the sea.

Lovrijenac was defended with 10 large cannons, being the largest and most famous called "Lizard". The walls exposed to enemy fire are almost 12 meters (39 feet) thick. Two drawbridges lead to the fort, there being the inscription "Non Bene Pro Toto Libertas Venditur Auro" – "Freedom is not to be sold for all the treasures in the world" above the gate.

To ensure loyalty, the troops in St. Lawrence Fortress were rotated every 30 days. And to ensure complete loyalty, they were given only 30 days of rations when they went in to the fort.According to old scripts it was built in only three months.Today its interior is one of the most dignified stages in Europe, and a well-known place for William Shakespeare's Hamlet performances.


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3 comments:

  1. A lovely golden sunset. Beautiful image.
    ☼ Sunny

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  2. Beautiful place for photograph, and very nice shot!

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