The large stone fort of Lovrijenac, sometimes also reffered to as “Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar”, lies beyond the western entrance to the Old Town. Situated on the 37-meter cliff Lovrijenac’s existence is first mentioned in the beginning of 13th century, but most historians believe its construction began earlier.
The famous latin quote “Non bene pro toto libertas venditur audo” (Freedom is not to be sold for all the gold of the world) is inscribed right above the fort’s entrance. With its 6-meter wide walls Lovrijenac served its purpose as the magnicifect guardian of the western part of Dubrovnik. The city’s founding fathers were also very cautious so they instructed that the fort walls fom its land side to be only 60 centimeters wide in an unlikely event of a mutiny in an attempt to overthrow the city government.
During the ancient times, Lovrijenac’s most powerful weapon was a series of powerful cannons among which stood out “The Lizard” – the ultimate masterpiece of local caster of cannons Ivan Rabljanin.
Today, Lovrijenac is an open-air venue for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. On its upper deck a series of world famous works of music and theater were performed including Williams Shakespeare’s Hamlet, here played by several famous actors such as Rade Šerbedžija, Goran Višnjić and Academy Award winner Daniel Day Lewis.
Lovrijenac is also heavily featured on HBO’s popular fantasy mini series “Game of Thrones” as the CGI modified exterior set of the infamous “King’s Landing”.