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VIDEO – Dubrovnik before the big earthquake of 1667

By  Feb 18, 2020

It's always interesting to take a walk through history and the latest animation of 3D model of Dubrovnik before the big earthquake of 1667 is captivating. It was made by Stipan Ujdur from Opuzen, and as he emphasizes: this is animation of 3D model, not animated film or cartoon.

The author of earthquake and destroyed Sponza is Martin van der Meijde from Arnhem, Netherlands, while the author of the sound effects is Nikola Vidic from Zagreb.

In the video you can see how Dubrovnik looked before the devastating earthquake that happened back in 1667. 

The largest natural disaster in Dubrovnik history happened around 8 in the morning. Catastrophic earthquake started with rumbling sound and was followed by a tremendous kick that rocked the city and crashed it. Huge stones rolled down the hill of Srd and destroyed everything on its way.

Powerful tsunami devastated the port. Sea withdrew couple of times and then came back – waves carried the boats and crashed them on the coast. Cracks have appeared in the land and water sources have dried up. Dust was so thick that it obscured the sky.

Strong wind fueled the fire from homes and bakeries, turning it into the fire that was not extinguished for almost 20 days. Moaning, groaning and frantically running of those who survived marked that day and made it even more catastrophic.

The earthquake has destroyed almost the entire city and buried around 3000 people, while the fire destroyed cultural gods that have been built for several centuries. With fire, one more catastrophe came and made terrible damage to the city – robbers.

To make this even worse, the earthquake hit Dubrovnik in a critical political moment, in the time of long Candian war between Venice and Turkey. Warring parties now had a chance to gain an important advantage by taking over Dubrovnik and its port. They failed to do that thanks to the skilful and persistent Dubrovnik diplomatic actions.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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