The Establishment of Dubrovnik

In 7th century Latin refugees from Epidaurum (today's Cavtat) established their settlement at the rock Laus. Later on Slavs built their settlement opposite of the rock Laus, at the foot of Mount Srđ and named it Dubrava (oak in Croatian). These two settlements were divided by a channel until 12th century, when for protection reasons, both settlements were connected and when city walls construction started. Today at the place of that channel is Dubrovnik’s main street Placa or Stradun. 

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