It’s easy to get overwhelmed in Dubrovnik, given its numerous breathtaking buildings and the huge number of tourists wandering around the Old Town. But, it’s important to pay attention to the details. And when we say details, we mean all those little stone carvings on churches, buildings and houses. We are sure you noticed the maskerons ( gargoyle-like faces) lurking from the fountains and walls…Not only they’re adding a delightful quirkiness to the architecture, but they often hide interesting stories behind their faces.
Every day, many visitors and locals pass them by unnoticed. The tourists who are snapping the shots of the nearby attractions are certanly getting the great photos, but are they missing something? Yes, because these are the most beautiful and unique details of Dubrovnik.
Rainwater used to drain from the building roofs via pipes trough ground level maskerons‘ mouths, but the pipes have been rerouted since then. On Onofrio’s Fountain, you can still see the maskerons in action, gushing out the coldest and the clearest water in Dubrovnik.
One of the most legendary maskerons is near the Franciscan monastery, close to the steep stairway where visitors often climb. As you come through the Pile Gate, it’s on the left side, about a foot off the ground.
According to legend, if you can stand on top of the head facing the wall, maintain your balance, and remove your shirt, you will forever be lucky in love. Read more about this maskeron and learn the legend behind it here.
Troughout centuries St. Blasie was an inspiration to the large number of artists who painted and sculptured his image. Hundreds of statues of the city’s patron can be found throughout the City. On every corner of Old Town you will notice a statue of St. Blasius in the walls, starring to the distance and protecting the City.
Another beautiful place you should explore is Rector’s palace. Not only because of its political and historical importance but some of the most beautiful stone cravings can be found there, many of which have survived the great earthquake in 1667, other disasters and weather conditions. The column of the porch and the unique capitals with figural representations, as well as the sculpture ornaments of this extraordinary palace were made by master Pietro di Martino of Milano. The front porch figural wall brackets have survived to this day. Even though the arrangement of the figures was gothic they are evidence of the early Renaissance spirit.
Take a look at our collection of stone details all shot in one afternoon at the Old City of Dubrovnik and get inspired to create your own photo collection of stone ornaments. P.S. We won’t tell you all the locations – explore the City yourself!