The Other Spanish Steps - Dubrovnik
In the Old Town of Dubrovnik, tucked away from the Stradun, or main street which runs from the Pilé Gate with its nearby Franciscan Monastery at one end of the town to the Plôce Gate at the other, stand a set of stairs reminiscent of Rome's Spanish Steps.
I shouldn't have been surprised, for this is a corner of Rome in Dubrovnik. The steps were deigned by the Roman architect Pietro Passalasqua in the 18th C. Fortunately, there are not as many steps as in Rome, and they were far less crowded.
At their top stand the Jesuit Church of St Ignatius, dating from 1658, modelled after the Jesuit mother church in Rome, Chiesa del Gesu. It is a simple, sparse, elegant church, and holds Dubrovnik's oldest bell (1355).
|The Hole in the Wall Cafe|
Another point of note: from the top of the stairs, turn left into a lane running along the wall, walk right along the lane, and follow the sign pointing to cold drinks. Climb through a hole in the wall, and you'll be rewarded with a cafe (appropriately named Bûza, or Hole in the Wall) which offers cold drinks and spectacular views over the bay. Arrive early, and you'll have the place to yourself.
A perfect rest when wandering the streets of Dubrovnik.
|My view as I enjoyed a cold drink|
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