The medieval commune of Dubrovnik was founded earlier than the seventh century AD and grew first under Byzantine and then Venetian rule. Its urban fabric dates from the 13th century, when its imposing fortifications began to be built. These 1,940-metre-long walls and ramparts still stand intact. The austere elegance of the historic centre is a perfect blend of Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture. The Old City’s style and identity have survived despite being hit by many earthquakes over the centuries, including one in 1667 and a more recent one in 1979, the year it was put on the World Heritage List.

The repair work was not yet complete when the city was again damaged by armed conflict in 1991, and consequently placed on the World Heritage in Danger List. In 1993, UNESCO launched an action plan to save Dubrovnik and specialists began to work. The city was finally taken off the danger list in 1998.

To mark UNESCO’s campaign for the safeguarding of the city, a commemorative medal was minted in 1990. The medal’s obverse features a view of the Old City from the sea, with the still-intact enclosure walls in the foreground. The first edition of the medal bore the inscription Yougoslavie, the current edition is marked Croatia. The reverse bears the UNESCO World Heritage emblem.

Available in silver and bronze

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