Trsteno Arboretum

Trsteno Arboretum, located in Trsteno, Croatia, is the oldest arboretum in this part of the world.[]

The arboretum was erected by the local noble family Gozze (see House of Gozze) in the late 15th century, who requested ship captains to bring back seeds and plants from their travels. The exact start date for the arboretum is unknown, but it was already in existence by 1492, when a 15 m span aqueduct to irrigate the arboretum was constructed; this aqueduct is still in use. It has been the property of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1948, when it was donated. The Arboretum reserves a very special place among the old Ragusan, Dalmatian and Mediterranean parks. It includes a park surrounding the fifteenth century summer residence, which is a monument of garden architecture, and a nineteenth century park at Drvarica.

The arboretum passed into Yugoslav state ownership in 1945, and was declared a natural rarity in 1948. Since 1950 it has been managed by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 1962 the Arboretum Trsteno was registered in the list of protected natural monuments list as a monument of landscape architecture. The protected area covers around 255,000 square metres.

Trsteno suffered extensive damage and looting during the Croatian War of Independence when on October 2 and 3rd, 1991, the Yugoslav People's Army launched a series of gunboat and air attacks and set the Arboretum afire, destroying a large part of it, and causing partial damage to the summer residence and the oldest part of the arboretum. The arboretum was further severely damaged in 2000 by a forest fire during a drought, when around 120,000 square metres were lost in fire.

The pride of the arboretum, two Oriental Planes located on the central market place of Trsteno, survived both disasters undamaged. They are over 500 years old and are unique specimens of their kind in Europe. The ancient trees are both about 45/60 m tall and their trunks are 5 m in diameter. Within what was once the noble family's country house, there is the oldest Renaissance park in Croatia, designed in 1502, with numerous exotic plants.

In popular culture

In the third season and fourth season of the television series Game of Thrones, Trsteno Arboretum was used as the setting of the Red Keep palace gardens in King's Landing.

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Dalibora Bijelic
7 October 2019
Only 30min drive from Dubrovnik, if you have a car, make sure to visit. You can have a walk through the park, inhale gorgeous scents of mediterranean herbs and injoy some of the most beautiful views.
Villa Micika - Dubrovnik
Arboretum Trsteno beautiful gardens of King’s landing and is one of the major filming locations of the Game of Thrones . #gameofthrones KingsLanding #Dubrovnik
Stephanie Ip
28 July 2021
Great for a day trip to escape the heat and crowds of Dubrovnik! The garden isn’t superbig so a trip to downtown marina is recommended! The water is beautiful there
Johann Schmitt
25 April 2014
Do not hesitate to use the path on the side and go down to the port. View is beautiful from there.
Kelly
4 June 2021
It’s very small, but a nice break from Dubrovnik crowds. Scenes in GoT were filmed here, which is pretty cool. Cost is 50kn/person.
Milos Icevic
2 May 2021
Nice getaway from Dubrovnik, beautiful scenery + must for Game of Thrones fans
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