February 27, 1994

With its walled city dating to the 8th century, Dubrovnik was so well-preserved it was placed on UNESCO's Register of World Cultural Heritage. Located on the Adriatic coast, it was also a popular tourist and vacation town. When Croatia declared independence, it touched off a war with the former Yugoslavia, now dominated by Serbia. Dubrovnik, in a corner of Croatia and near Bosnia (it is 87 miles due south of Sarajevo) was heavily shelled. City officials estimate damage at $2 billion and say 75 percent of industrial facilities were destroyed or damaged. In the town of 50,000 persons, 2,500 houses were burned down and another 5,500 damaged.

Serb forces are still nearby, but there has been no fighting recently, and Dubrovnik's survivors have begun to rebuild their town and their lives.

A full page of Dubrovnik photos by The Sun's Michael Lutzky appears on page 5E.

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