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“Charming Little Statue”
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Orlando Column
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

The statue of Roland emphasizes the great age of the city of Dubrovnik. It has been here for almost six hundred years, standing guard over the square in front of the St. Blaise church. With his shield and long, pointy sword, Roland takes you back to the era of knights and castles when pirates roamed the Adriatic Sea and Venetian sailing ships headed East for precious cargoes. The statue is extremely well preserved, though with all the grabbing and rubbing it receives these days, it has to get eroded eventually. A nice quirky little thing to check out.

Thank Raymond W
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Erected on Luza Square at the end of Placa Stradun, the Central Street of the Old Town in front of the Bell Tower and St. Blaise Church, the statute is that of an ancient knight Orlando. A small platform was installed at the top of the column to serve as a stand for public proclamation and in older times, public punishment would also be performed at this spot of the square. You would not miss it as this part of the old town is well patronized by all visitors.

1  Thank Ricky Y
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

In Croatian and on the map it is Orlandov stup. Our historian and civil engineer both say the statue’s forearm was once Old Ragusa’s standard of measurement (512mm/20 in.). None of us brought a tape measure to verify even if we could get the tourists sitting on the steps of the base to move. Reading the history of this knight is worth your time.

Thank Mike P
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Reviewed 1 December 2016

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 freedom of Dubrovnik.

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Reviewed 8 November 2016

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 translation and they are one and the same. This is the same Roland who was a legendary medieval knight - the same as in 'Chanson de Roland'.

Anyway, pause for a moment and take in some of the history involved. His forearm was used as a standard measure of length in Dubrovnik - 51.2 cm.

Enjoy.

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