Minceta Fortress
Minceta Fortress
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  • IAN P
    York, United Kingdom9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Minceta fortress.
    The museum within the tower is great , but not very well advertised, the day i was there in early July there was only a couple of other people looking round. Its called the foundry and explains how cannon balls were made. some of the displays need a little more explanation , but it also gets you into different sections of the walls that are not on the normal walls route. If you have bought the Dubrovnic pass its well worth finding the entrance .
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Kawaii D
    The Netherlands249 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lot of walking/climbing
    Visited on July 2022. It is part of the wall, so you can only go in with a pass. We came here halfway of the wall. Being pregnant, 33 degrees outside, many people walking and tierd from walking, I decided to not go up. There was a nice cafe next to it and I decided to go there instead. My husband on the other hand did go up. He said that the view is high, so you can see all Dubrovnik.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • SnowyShasta
    Portland, Oregon2,312 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best photos of our visit to the Walls of Dubrovnik
    The Minceta Fortress is at the northwest corner of the walls around Dubrovnik. It's the highest point of the walls, and we loved the views and photos from the top. You can skip climbing it, but we recommend it. You go up via some interior stairs and then come out on the top of the tower. There are a couple small niches you can enter, and views all the way around. We especially liked the ones looking back over the city and out to the sea, as well as looking down to spot the modern sport court tucked right in under the walls. It takes a bit of extra effort climb up, but we always enjoy finding the high points and the views they offer.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
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Michael H
498 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
One of the higher points for a photo shoot stop during an old town city wall walk.

Great views towards both the outer part of town and the old town itself.

Watch out for narrow steps. For hygiene and safety reason it would be good if there would be hand disinfection placed here.
Written 5 November 2020
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania35,572 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The most impressive bastion of the Old City. The tallest, dominates everything around and is visible from any point. If you buy an access ticket to the walls, you can climb to the top for exceptional views of the old town and the entire area.
Written 6 August 2022
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The Minceta Fortress is at the northwest corner of the walls around Dubrovnik. It's the highest point of the walls, and we loved the views and photos from the top. You can skip climbing it, but we recommend it. You go up via some interior stairs and then come out on the top of the tower. There are a couple small niches you can enter, and views all the way around. We especially liked the ones looking back over the city and out to the sea, as well as looking down to spot the modern sport court tucked right in under the walls. It takes a bit of extra effort climb up, but we always enjoy finding the high points and the views they offer.
Written 22 September 2023
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IAN P
York, UK9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The museum within the tower is great , but not very well advertised, the day i was there in early July there was only a couple of other people looking round.
Its called the foundry and explains how cannon balls were made. some of the displays need a little more explanation , but it also gets you into different sections of the walls that are not on the normal walls route.
If you have bought the Dubrovnic pass its well worth finding the entrance .
Written 6 August 2023
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patnreg77
Gloucestershire, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Walking the walls was amazing. I read lots of reviews that commented on the cost but it was really worth it. The views from the tower were amazing. Lots of steps - so you need to be fairly fit - but it's worth every step.
Written 3 November 2022
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Kawaii D
The Netherlands249 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Visited on July 2022.

It is part of the wall, so you can only go in with a pass. We came here halfway of the wall. Being pregnant, 33 degrees outside, many people walking and tierd from walking, I decided to not go up. There was a nice cafe next to it and I decided to go there instead. My husband on the other hand did go up. He said that the view is high, so you can see all Dubrovnik.
Written 18 August 2023
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Tihomir Kosic
Kotor, Montenegro398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
With its magnificent crown, this tower has dominated the city for centuries and continues to dominate today. It was the symbol of its freedom and a spiteful challenge to all the impertinent, and today is one of the most beautiful symbols of the city. With its lovely architecture, it is one of the most beautiful fortifications in the world. It was built by skilled masters: the original was smaller and square, built by Nicifor Ranjina in 1319. It was adapted and received its current monumental circular form from the famed Renaissance architect Michelozzo Michelozzi from Florence and one of the greatest Renaissance masters Juraj Dalmatinac, by whose project the tower was completed in 1464. The top of this impressive structure provides a stunning view of the town and all its surroundings.
Written 19 May 2018
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Steve C
Annapolis, MD642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Dubrovnik, a city of 50,000 people, is spread out along the meandering Dalmatian coast line on the Adriatic Sea, squeezed tightly between the water and the towering mountains just to the north like a Croat sandwich. It is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The climate is pretty sweet, with average temps usually in the 70’s and it rarely gets below freezing. A fifty degree day is considered cold. But it does rain a lot, including the day we were there.

Dubrovnik is really a tale of two cities. There’s the new Dubrovnik which looks like any other modern European city, and then there’s the old city. When people talk about Dubrovnik, they mean the latter.

The street names were insanely long tongue twisters, like Obalapapeivanapavla II, and with all sorts of goofy pronunciation symbols over many of the letters. The language sounds like someone gargling with marbles and would give the Icelanders, who are world renowned for having the nuttiest language, a run for their money – the Croats just use a few more vowels.

Our bus crested a big hill and then wound down a narrow cobbled street filled with tour buses and we went from the year 2013 to 670 AD in about a quarter mile. We came to an open bus transfer station surrounded by attractive hotels and trendy tourist shops and exited with a thousand other tourists from all over the globe. A huge fort overlooking the sea stood to our left and blocked our view of anything beyond.

We walked into a bright and shiny tourist office filled with maps and souvenirs and asked a smiling young woman who spoke fluent English if we needed a ticket to get into the giant fortress looming right outside the door.

“That’s not a fort,” she replied with a perky smile. “That’s the old city.”

We had no idea.

Dubrovnik – the one that everybody raves about – is a 7th Century Medieval fortress city inside gargantuan towering walls that look like the Great Wall of China. During the Yugoslavian Civil War, in 1991, the city was besieged by the Serbs and Montenegrin forces, causing significant damage, but even modern weaponry couldn’t force its surrender.

It was almost impossible to comprehend the fact that a little over twenty years ago, the Serbian war criminal General Slobodan Milošević had lobbed artillery shells into the heart of the city, killing 114 people, including the city’s beloved poet Milan Milisić. All traces of the war were now gone, other than a photo on the front of Milisić’s small home, showing the shelling damage.

Dubrovnik has endured many tribulations, including a fire in 1296 that burned the whole city to the ground, and an earthquake in 1667 that knocked most of the Renaissance buildings down. Between natural disasters and generals like Napoleon, lobbing cannon balls into the city, the people of Dubrovnik have had to pick up the pieces and rebuild more times than they would like to remember.

On each of the corners of the city there are tower forts within the main fort: St. John’s Fort, Fort Bokar, and Fort Mincceta. And forts Revelin and Lovrijenac tower over the outside of the southeastern and northwestern walls, providing enfilading cover. Dubrovnik was definitely built for the long haul and meant business when it came to defense.

Old Dubrovnik was like nothing we had seen before. In America, we have forts, and we have cities, but not the two combined. And Dubrovnik is big, really big – about the size of downtown Annapolis – with over 25,000 inhabitants. The walls were about 16-feet-thick and ran for over a mile around the entire city. And everything was jammed tightly together with very little green space or unused land. It was slightly claustrophobic and disorienting.

Thank goodness, the maps were in English, otherwise we would have been left to decipher: Isocniulaznagradskezidine (City Wall entrance). You can walk – no cars allowed or ID required – into the crowded city for free via the main gate. Musicians panhandled for the steady stream of visiting tourons. One very animated guy in particular was doing an excellent imitation of Jimi Hendrix on a bright red Stratocaster while a young lady in dreads sang Bob Marley’s “Trenchtown Rock” A Capella.

Once through the entrance gate, we found ourselves on the main drag, a wide promenade of polished limestone that looked like the floor of a grand cathedral. To our left stood St. Savior Church, a Renaissance masterpiece of tan stone, and to our right Chinese tourists posed for pictures around the ornate Big Onofrio’s Fountain. Being late morning prime time, the crowds were almost overwhelming, like leaving a NFL football game, and we immediately decided to get away from the central part of town.

A grid of narrow alleys rose steeply to our left and right, climbing up to the fortress walls via lovely limestone block steps with etched grooves designed for traction. When it started raining the steps became as slippery as an ice rink.

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Written 18 March 2016
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Glenda R
Merthyr Tydfil497 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
You come across this fort on the city wall walk, built in 1464 it is worth the climb for the views and the sense of achievement getting to the top. Very tiring but worth it I did think twice about climbing more steps but then thought I might never visit Dubrovnik again and forced myself up -glad I did!
Written 25 October 2012
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Chris Barr
Darlington, UK787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Along the city walls you will come upon the Minceta Fortress, we visited on a hot day and my partner did not fancy the extra steps up to the top.
I did it and the stairs are a tight squeeze but the views from the top are worth the climb.
We also checked out the game of thrones setting and took some photos of my partner in the same spot, unfortunately she does not look much like Emelia Clarke but I can always dream.
Written 20 June 2016
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