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Dubrovnik is situated on the Adriatic coast in southern Croatia and it is famous tourist resort. It has preserved the beauty of a medieval town, and its outstanding cultural and historical monuments have earned it a place on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
It has mild Medi-terranean climate with 250 sunny days a year. It can be reached by plane, bus, ship, or ferry.
Dubrovnik is founded in the 7th century. In the 12th and 13th centuries the small Dubrovnik state built strong city walls, more or less where they stand today, to defend and guard its independence. King Richard the Lionhearted found shelter against a storm not far from Dubrovnik on his return from the Crusades in 1192. Fulfilling a vow, he gave the city a sum of money to start building the Dubrovnik Cathedral. The Codified Statute was adopted in 1272.
The sewage system in Dubrovnik was introduced in 1296, preceding such endeavors in other famous cities like London or Paris.
Between 1580 and 1600 Dubrovnik’s merchant navy had more ships than ever - it included around 200 ships and about 5000 sailors. About the same time, the Dubrovnik Republic had a well developed network of consulates and consular offices in more than 80 cities and ports.
On January 27, 1416 Dubrovnik Republic abolished slavery, becoming first state in Europe to do so (England followed in 1569, USA in 1865 and Brazil in 1888).
The beginning of the 19th century brought Dubrovnik the last days of its century-long freedom. In 1806 the city gates were opened to Napoleon’s soldiers and the small free state disappeared forever.