In ancient times, the mountain of Srđ featured a dense oak forest called Dubrava (dub=oak, dubrava=oak grove). The people thus connected it with the city, and it influenced its name. Another story, rather less likely, tells of Turkish invaders, who called the city “Dobro-Venedik” meaning “Good Venice”. This was because the people of Dubrovnik were generally less hostile to them than the Venetians. Either way, whichever mmay be the true story, the name Dubrovnik resulted.

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