Monday, 06 April 2020
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.


During the coronavirus pandemic, all of Dubrovnik citizens and media remembered that the first known quarantine was in Lazareti, right outside the City Walls of Dubrovnik and recently, New York Times wrote about it too under the title ''Croatia's Dubrovnik, Home to Ancient Quarantine Facilities''.

-Just outside the majestic walls of Croatia’s medieval citadel city of Dubrovnik lies a cluster of small stone houses, the Lazarettos of Dubrovnik, best known as an art and clubbing hub and a tourist attraction – the article says, adding that as the coronavirus spreads across the globe, many are being reminded of their original purpose centuries ago as an isolation zone for arrivals to port city who might be carrying infectious diseases.

They talked with Ana Bakija-Konsuo, a physician and one of the authors of a book about Lazareti.

Bakija-Konsuo said that Dubrovnik, on the Adriatic coast, was the first city in Europe to set up a quarantine system, in 1377, as protection from leprosy, a bacterial illness that affects the nerves, skin and the respiratory organs. Initially, newcomers were kept on nearby islands in wooden huts that were later burned down.

They also talked to Dubrovnik historian Ivan Vigjen who said that the complex was built in the 17th century when authorities decided to set up the quarantine area closer to the harbor. The complex at the time was the biggest state investment in public health. As he explained, the authorities were very effective in keeping the diseases away. Throughout the history, the rules of quarantine were unchanged.

According to the article, those rules envisaged that travelers and tradesmen coming from regions affected with leprosy, plague or other diseases must stay at least 20 days in isolation. The time limit later was extended to 40 days, or ‘quaranta’ in Italian, giving the practice its future name.

You can see the original article here

Dubrovnik Airport will stay closed for civil air traffic until April 15th, according to the information published on their official Facebook page. 

- We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused – they added in this short status.

Dubrovnik Airport has been closed for six days now, from March 19th after the first case of COVID-19 was discovered with an employee of Dubrovnik Airport.

Dubrovnik Airport is still closed to all national and international flights, until April 15th. However, it is open for emergency flights, such as medical, police or military aircraft.

The change of weather in the last few days in the Dubrovnik area has surprised many as it came with low temperatures, strong wind and snow that even stayed on the ground, which is quite unusual at this area, especially in March.

Dubrovnik Fire Department has shared a beautiful photo of the snow blanket above Dubrovnik, captured by the surveillance camera on Srd. It might help you imagine that you are visiting Dubrovnik right now.

It's a hard and challenging time in the whole world due to coronavirus pandemic. Many people has found themselves stuck at their homes, finding it hard to fill their time. No need to judge that – we are mostly used to hectic, fast-paced lives and it can be hard to adjust to this slower style of life.

If you are having trouble adjusting, ESN Dubrovnik has a solution for you. Through the creative video, which you can watch below, ESN Dubrovnik members sent some tips about what to do during the quarantine.

-We hope you all are well and that you are already doing some of these tips! – ESN Dubrovnik wrote as a caption.

Italy has a big heart! Despite the extremely difficult situation in which they find themselves when it comes to coronavirus pandemic, the Italian government has sent 26 self-inflating tents to Croatia with all its additional and necessary equipment - Minister Davor Bozinovic revealed yesterday during an afternoon press conference by the National Staff.

- We especially thank them because we know what crisis Italy is going through now. This is a supreme act of solidarity and humanity – Bozinovic commented. 

We are all in this together! 

These are hard times and what we all need are warm and positive stories and luckily – there are many! One of them comes from the restaurant Makarun in Split, which decided to deliver food to citizens in need from yesterday, Monday, March 23rd. 

Owner Jure Farac and his employees take care of the people in Split that need it the most and their inbox is full of messages of those who seek help for themselves or those who need help.

-Our hardworking staff will cook for you daily. We have organized our own delivery with the highest hygiene standards (masks, gloves, don't be frightened!) – they published at the restaurant Facebook, adding that people over 65 are at the first place when it comes to food delivery.

They shared some of the messages that they recieved, which made them cry from joy, because they are so happy that they can help. If people are scared of taking the food because of the coronavirus infection, they leave it in front of their doors.

Messages are coming non-stop and employees of the restaurants are working hard to help everybody. When they get tired, they will work with volounteers, who contacted them – also wanting to help.

This is really praiseworthy. We can go through this crisis together!

The latest earthquake felt by citizens of Zagreb and the surrounding area occurred at 8.49 pm on Monday – reports.

According to the article, from the first 5.5-magnitude earthquake, which hit Zagreb and the surrounding area at 6.24 am on Sunday morning, until midnight on Monday, the Croatian Seismological Service recorded a total of 74 ground tremors, as seen in the charts posted on the official Twitter profile.

Most of the earthquakes, 42 of them, had magnitudes up to 2 degrees Richter. Another 23 recorded tremors ranged from 2 to 3 degrees, six earthquakes were of magnitude 3 to 4 degrees, one was at the limit of five, and the first and most devastating was 5.5 degrees – writes.


The City of Dubrovnik is introducing another measure of rational use of budget funds and informing its citizens that during the next three-month period public lighting will operate at a reduced intensity.

This means that the number of lighting fixtures in the entire city area will be reduced while maintaining the basic function of public lighting, all in order to achieve the desired savings in electricity consumption.

On Sunday, decorative lighting around the Lazareti complex, decorative lighting of the City Walls from Revelin to Bokar, as well as lighting of the building Pred Dvorom and the Rector's Palace.

Parking under the cable car and the area from Banje to Pile are illuminated by keeping every other lamp lit.

During yesterday, the rest of the ambient lighting in the historic center was switched off, and public lighting is reduced on Stradun, in St. Dominik Street, at Peskarija and at Pile doors.

- We thank the citizens for their understanding, noting that in times of financial uncertainty it is essential to act responsibly and rationally – the City of Dubrovnik wrote.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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