THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS OF DUBROVNIK ANTIQUITIES
Since 1969, all the mills on the River Ljuta have been protected as cultural monuments, and in 1975 the whole area was entered into the Register of Specially Protected Nature Facilities.
The Society of Friends of the Dubrovnik Antiquities, inspired by an initiative for the program of renovation of the old mills, was involved in the work. Seven mills were renovated in the period from 2005 to 2011, and the works included the reconstruction of the walls and roofs of the mills. The interiors were cleaned of vegetation and have been preserved with minor intervention. Mechanisms of the mills have not been restored, assuming that the owners themselves would do their share. The majority of the water supply systems of the mentioned mills have been renovated and made functional as well. The remains of the Old Rustan Mill and the OldTaraš Mill have been preserved.
Great attention was devoted to the environment, aiming to make it look as it once was, when mills were approached by working animals.
Today we can proudly say that the historical significance of the whole complex has been achieved, and that the renovated mills on Ljuta constitute a historic oasis of immense beauty.