A view of the Onofrio fountain from the city walls

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Large Onofrio Fountain


One of Dubrovnik’s most famous landmarks, this circular fountain was built in 1438 as part of a water-supply system that involved bringing water from a spring 12km away. Originally the fountain was adorned with sculptures, but it was heavily damaged in the 1667 earthquake and only 16 carved masks remain, with their mouths dribbling drinkable water into a drainage pool. Its sibling, the ornate Little Onofrio Fountain, is in Luža Sq at the other end of Stradun.

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