Fort Lovrijenac, Fort Imperial & the Dubrovnik Cable Car

Fort Lovrijenac is an imposing 3 sided castle overlooking the main entrances to Dubrovnik by land and sea. It is said that in the 11th century the rising maritime power of Venice identified the rocks on which it is built as being an ideal location to build a fortress. However the industrious people of Dubrovnik incredibly built their own and when the Venetian navy arrived just 3 months later with the supplies and manpower to construct their castle, they found the site taken by a fully functional fort and Dubrovnik was  likely saved from an eternity of Venetian domination.

The castle was constantly upgraded as Venice and the Turkish Ottomans were always looking to find a way to capture this great city for the next 850 years. Above the entrance to the fort is an inscription “Non Bene Pro Toto Libertas Venditur Auro” which means the freedom is not to be sold for all the treasures in the world.   

In Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark flees for her life from this pier after King Joffrey meets his grisly end.

In Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark flees for her life from this pier after King Joffrey meets his grisly end.

Inside Joffreys stronghold.

Inside Joffreys stronghold.

Next up I took a boat ride out to the island of Lokrum which is now a natures reserve. It was a great experience and afforded great views of the coastline and Dubrovnik from the sea.


The island has many ruins but no one lives there any more, not even the nudists who have a beach on the corner of the island which apparently shocks many a kayaker who is paddling around the island!

Throughout my first days here, my attention often focuses on the looming Mount Srd which is 412 metre so/1350 feet high. I could see the giant Fortress Imperial looming on top along with a large white cross. Luckily for me there is a cable car that runs from just outside the city walls to the summit.

Now everyone knows I hate flying… Or rather crashing but I have no fear of heights and very happy standing on top of cliff tops or London towers and I knew I would have no trouble with this though one or two others had a nervous moment or two.

Going Up Dubrovnik Cable Car

The view from the top of the mountain is incredible. There is an fortress which is now a museum dedicated to the recent war which I found interesting but very grim. There is also a cross that overlooks the city and standing next to it made me think or the statue of Christ The Redeemer in Brazil.


what a direct hit does to a shelter

what a direct hit does to a shelter

Fort Imperial Graffiti

Fort Imperial Graffiti from the brave, last ditched and outnumbered Croatian defenders of Dubrivnik… the Serbs got to within a few hubdred yards/metres of this position and Dubrovnik

The Panorama Restaurant

The Panorama Restaurant sits on top of Mt Srd. It is said to have the best view of The Adriatic Sea as well as Dubrovnic far below. can you blame me for having a meal here. What a view and wgat a sunset


About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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4 Responses to Fort Lovrijenac, Fort Imperial & the Dubrovnik Cable Car

  1. Amy Reese says:

    Amazing view, Stephen. That’s a magical experience right there. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

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