The Stradun (also called Placa) is the main street of Dubrovnik, long some 300 metres is one of the most frequented part of the Grad.
It connects the two entrances to the town: the Pile and Ploče Gates.
The street used to be a canal (like the ones in Venice), which separated the city, then-called Ragusa, and the forest settlement of Dubrava. Its current appearance was mostly created following a devastating earthquake (1667) in which most of the buildings were destroyed (it is said that only the church near the Ploče Gate wasn’t destroyed); this is mainly due to the fact that they were made of wood, afterwards a new law declared that any new building should be made of stone instead.
An interesting fact is that from that on, instead of paying a fee for entering the town (for trading purposes), merchants were asked to bring a stone.
The street is usually very busy throughout the whole day and holds many shops and restaurants.
In Stradun, on the Pile side, the Onofrio’s Fountain can be found, which is well appreciated by thirsty people during these hot summer days.