If the cultural heritage we inherited tells a story, the story of the cultural sights on Pelješac is endless.
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The walls in Ston, the defensive wall, and one of the largest medieval fortification and urban projects in the total length of 5.5 km, the walls are reinforced with about 40 towers and 5 fortresses. They connect Ston and Mali Ston . After the Great Wall of China, they are the longest preserved fortification system in the world.
The decoration of captain's houses with lush gardens or "courts" and details that arrived from long journeys is also reminiscent of glorious times. Gifts from maritime families are also in the Maritime Museum among the 1000 exhibits on display.
Orebic, with its captain's houses, is a unique architectural arrangement of the place. Indented along the coast, not crammed into city cores.
It is part of the Franciscan monastery complex in Orebić. The maritime tradition also conditioned the construction of a cemetery where shipowners' families built their beautiful tombs.
Cemetery with mausoleums of famous captain's families: Mimbelli, Orebić, Fisković, Župe, Vekarić, etc.
One of the most valuable testimonies of Napoleon's rule in the southern Dalmatian area is Napoleon's road that stretches from Ston to Orebic. When you came to Pelješec, you could walk the section from Ston to Gornje Selo, Ponikva in the length of 9 kilometers of flat middle ascent. The walk took about 2.5 hours. From Ston, the road along Solana led to the Sumić bridge, where there is an information board with the first information about Napoleon's road. After that, he moves on and enjoys the natural and cultural sights of the Pelješac region all the way.
On the hill just above the port is the vast fortress of Gradina, most likely built in the uncertain circumstances of late antiquity, when the great Byzantine emperor Justin expelled the Eastern Goths from Illyricum and built a series of fortifications along our coast to ensure unhindered navigation.
The staircase and the road leading to this most important cultural monument and at the same time an extraordinary lookout point were built in 1936.
Walking through Janjina and Popova Luka, you will notice from the architecture of some houses that the former tenants and owners were naval captains and shipowners.
Orebic is especially known for its maritime tradition, a maritime heritage dating back to the time of sailing ships when the place had its own Peljesac Maritime Society with 33 sailing ships.
Captain Anton Mimbelli, the largest shipowner and patron of Orebić, had 33 sailing ships, and in the 19th century, he built a water supply system in the place.
There are still drinking water fountains made by Mimbelli in the place.