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Walls of Ston

Ston city walls consist of the main wall and three forts (Veliki Kaštio, Koruna and Podzvizd), forty-one towers, seven bastions, (Sokolić, Arcimon in Ston, the three bastions of Veliki Kaštel, the Podzvizda bastion and the Arcimon in Mali Ston), four pre-walls (the eastern and south-western Ston pre-walls, the Mali Ston pre-wall and the Korun pre-wall), and a water-filled moat that stretches around the western, southern and eastern edges of Ston. The construction of these magnificent walls began in early 16th century. Constant threats coming from the far edges of the Dubrovnik area spurred its inhabitants to start building defense walls in 1333. The Big wall (1200m, 3937 ft.) at Podzvizd, built for protection from the neighboring cities, is documented to have been built in 18 months, costing 12.000 ducats. It was subsequently reinforced by construction of three forts, the Koruna Fort in Mali Ston, the Podzvizd Fort on a hill above the city of Ston and the Veliki Kaštel Fort near the salt pans. In the Middle Ages the city of Ston had two centers connected by the Big wall and complementing each other in function, both respecting the traditional orthogonal grid of streets and city blocks. Ston was built according to the plans approved by the Dubrovnik government in 1335 and amended in 1370 and is considered one of the best planned and best structured cities in Europe. The walls of Stone were a massive architecture and construction feat. Originally 7000-meters long (22 965 ft.), they consist of several parts; the Stone city walls, the Mali Ston city walls and the Big wall with its three forts. Its forts and towers are strengthened by 10 round and 31 square flanking towers and 6 semi-circular bastions. It took almost four centuries to finish these complex defense walls, as the builders had to adapt to the rough terrain and advancements in warfare technology. The walls were last used for defense in the 19th century, and today they are a priceless monument of immense architectural and cultural value.
>Summer opening hours:
08.00 – 18.30 h (April 1 – May 31) 08.00 – 19.30 h (June 1 – July 31) 08.00 – 18.30 h (August 1 – September 30) 08.00 – 17.30 h (October 1 – October 31)
>Winter opening hours:
09.00 – 15.00 h (November 1 – March 31)
>Admission fees for 2016.:
Individual: 40 kn (from 1.1.2017. – 50 kn) Groups and agencies: 30 kn (from 1.1.2017. – 40 kn) Children and young adults (under 18), students: 20 kn (from 1.1.2017. – 30 kn)

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