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Discover Dubrovnik – Orlando’s Column

By  Sep 02, 2017

Orlando has the best location in the city, on the main square between the Sponza Palace and the Church of Saint Blaise. This stone column shows a medieval warrior who holds a sword and shield in his arms.

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It was carved by domestic master Antun Dubrovcanin and master sculptor Bonino di Milano in 1418 and it's a symbol of the city's sovereignty and freedom.

On top of the column there's a small platform suited for public proclamations. According to legend from the 9th century, Orlando saved Dubrovnik from a 15-month long Saracen siege and the column was erected in Orlando's honour by the citizens.

However, that's only legend and the truth is that Orlando or Roland (in other parts of Europe) was used as a symbol of a city under protection of the Hungarian-Croatian King.

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