The Dubrovnik Gargoyle
As you enter Dubrovnik’s Pile Gate into the Old Town, you might notice a bizarre ritual. By the entrance to the Franciscan Monastery, on the main street of Stradun, one person will break off from the steady pedestrian traffic to balance precariously on a stone protruding from the wall. Carved in the likeness of an owl, it is said that anyone who hops onto the gargoyle will be lucky in love. Some brazen participants partake in the second stage of this myth and remove their shirts as they balance.