Old Town Dubrovnik, frequently called the Pearl of the Adriatic, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Even with that status, the Serbian Federal Forces attacked the city by land, sea, and air in 1991. Known commonly as the Homeland War, many Croatians (including our guide) see it as an aggressive move prompted by Croatia’s independence from the Republic of Yugoslavia. The war lasted until 1995. Today there are still signs of the war within the walled city, but the Croatia’s have done much to repair it and they continue to do so.
Personally, I found the city to have stunning architecture and even though crowds of tourists fill the city walls a quick turn down any side alley brings quietness and a strong sense of history.