Dubrovnik Diaries – During the War

The war is over, but it isn’t forgotten. Entering the old city from the Pile Gate, visitors pass the map detailing war damage. In the Franciscan monastery, exhibits share space with bullet holes and lodged shrapnel. The Sponza Palace has a war time photo exhibit, a memorial and a reminder of the brutalities of a war fought not too long ago.

 

A photo from the exhibit

Walking past photos of burning landmarks, the very landmarks I’ve spent the morning with, is eerie. I try to fight that dark, clamping heaviness as I walk past the soldier portraits. Some are just fresh faced boys of no more than nineteen. No one should have to be nineteen forever.

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One thought on “Dubrovnik Diaries – During the War

  1. I really love this post, so said yet it’s beautifully written. I especially like the last line ‘No one should have to be nineteen forever.’ Wars are fought by men, but we often forget how young those men are.

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