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Orlando Column, Dubrovnik
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  • In the same square as the Sponza Palace, this column has the figure of a medieval warrior carved into it. Erected in the 15th century, it has become known as Orlando's Column and is a symbol of the fr...  more »
  • In the center of the square of Luza we find the sculpture of this medieval knight with his curly hair and wielding a sword. This work was performed in 1418. It was the place where edicts, festivities and verdicts are read. The Orlando column is the symbol of independence. Orlando was the nephew of Charlemagne, a bravo Knight that fought heroically by the Empire until his death in the battle of Roncesvalles.
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  • Orlando's column is right in the middle of Luza Square. Erected in 1418, I have guide books that call the medieval knight depicted by two names: Orlando and Roland. Perhaps it's simply a matter of tra...  more »
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  • One of the landmarks of Dubrovnik - Orlando's Column or Pillar is a stone column with the figure of Roland/Orlando, legendary Charlemagne's knight bearing a sword and shield, carved into the column. It was sculpted by Bonino di Milano and domestic master Antun Dubrovčanin in 1419 in Gothic style. The statue is a symbol of the freedom of Dubrovnik and the flag of the Republic always flied upon this column during ceremonies, while government proclamations and announcements were read from the column's pedestal. The column pragmatically served different purposes as the forearm of Orlando was the standard measure of the Ragusan cubit shown more accurately by a line in the base of the column ("lakat", 1 Ragusan "lakat"/cubit/elbow = 51,2 cm). Today, a ceremony before the Orlando and the raising of the "Libertas" flag on the column marks the opening of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival every year. Restoration being in progress, so "Libertas" flag, in recent years, is raised on the nearby wooden temporary column.
  • The legend says that Orlando saved Dubrovnik from the Saracens whilst defeatin them near the Island Lokrum.
  • According to a legend, Roland saved Dubrovnik from the Saracens and defeated them near the Island Lokrum.
  • A central location on the main street (Placa, Stradun). Statue of a Rolland, alleged to have helped defend the old republic from the Saracens. Popular meeting spot.
  • The old town of Dubrovnik is a must visit place in Croatia, a lot of well preserved heritage and great restaurants.