Minceta Tower, Dubrovnik

Minceta Tower, Dubrovnik (must see)

The Minčeta Tower was built by a local architect, Nicifor Ranjina, and Italian engineers sent by Pope Pius II in 1463, at the height of the Turkish invasion threat. Originally designed as a strong four-sided fort, it is the most prominent point in the defense system from the land. The tower takes its name from the Menčetić family, who owned the land on which it was built. With its height and impressive size, the tower dominates the northwestern high part of the city and its walls.

In the middle of the 15th century, around the earlier quadrilateral fort, Italian architect and sculptor Michelozzo di Bartolomeo Michelozzi built a new round tower using new warfare technique, and linked it to the new system of low scarp walls. The full six-meter (20 feet) thick walls of the new tower had a series of protected gun ports. Another architect and sculptor, Giorgio da Sebenico of Zadar, continued work on the Minčeta; he designed and built the high narrow round tower. The battlements are a later addition. The tower in its current form was completed in 1464 to become a symbol of the unconquerable city of Dubrovnik.

Nowadays, the Minčeta Tower is a museum. After a long excavation, a 16th-century cannon foundry was discovered underneath it, in Gornji ugao (Upper Tower). Since Minčeta is the highest point of the wall, it is famed for providing a seemingly "unforgettable" view of the city.

*** Game of Thrones Tour ***
Minceta Tower appears in Season 2, Episode 10 ‘Valar Morghulis’ as the House of the Undying in Qarth, a huge tower that doesn’t seem to have any door – notably in the scene when Danaerys gets back from a walk to find that her dragons have been stolen. Danaerys and Ser Jorah run to the House of the Undying, with Danaerys circling the tower and Jorah following right behind her. Having turned around the corner she disappears, magically accessing the tower. This scene was also shot at the Minčeta.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Minceta Tower on Map

Sight Name: Minceta Tower
Sight Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia (See walking tours in Dubrovnik)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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