Interesting Facts

Essence of Dubrovnik

In 1272 Dubrovnik was its own small republic, following Roman laws and local customs, including town planning.  The Republic was very inventive regarding laws and institutions which were developed.  It was also one of the first republics to recognize American independence.

1301 – Medical services introduced

1317 – Franciscan Monks opened a pharmacy (working today)

1347 – Refuge for the elderly began

1377 – The first quarantine facility opened (Lazareti)

1418 – Slave trading was abolished

1432 – Saint Claire Convent opened the first orphanage

1436 – A water supply was constructed (Onofrio fountain still working)

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