The history behind Fort Lovrijenac may not quite be as impressive as the structure itself, but it's close. Allegedly built over the course of three months sometime in the 11th century, this massive fortress was designed to resist Venetian attempts to overtake the city of Dubrovnik; and it's not hard to see why it was successful. Constructed atop a 37 meter high cliff and today only accessible via 175 steps to the entrance, ascending to the fort (much less overtaking it) can be a daunting proposition. The up side? Its height usually means that the onslaught of daily visitors to the city who are (cough, cough) not in the best of shape rarely make the effort to see it. This means a more secluded visit for you, and one you'll likely appreciate to the fullest. Atop the doorway reads the Latin phrase, "All the gold in the world cannot buy freedom." But, as it turns out, 175 simple stairs can earn you a really cool, relatively uncrowded cultural experience.
Note:If you come during the ever popular Summer Festival, Fort Lovrijenac houses the annual performance of Hamlet which, we're told, is an experience you shouldn't miss.