Experience Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery

Experience Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery
Croatia’s walled city of Dubrovnik is home to much significant historical architecture, including arguably the most important: the Franciscan Monastery. You’ll find it in the middle of the Old Town square, to the left of the inner Pile Gate and next to the Holy Savior Church. The façade of the monastery’s church runs the length of Dubrovnik’s main street, and stretches all the way to the tower Minceta. Originally, the first Franciscan monastery was built in the 13th century in the Pile area, but was destroyed when war threatened in 1317 so that the enemy couldn’t use it. The new monastery – the one you see today – has been built since then.

During the same time, the Friars Minor pharmacy was built. The Franciscan order’s rule was to take care of the sick. This pharmacy was founded as a public pharmacy, however, and also served the needs of the monks. Today you can visit the pharmacy museum with its many exhibits from the pharmacy’s historical journey.

The Franciscan church was once the richest church in Dubrovnik, but it was destroyed in the earthquake of 1667. It has been rebuilt since then, but little was able to be preserved. The best-preserved pieces can be found in the portal on the south wall. It was carved in the leading local workshop owned by two brothers, Leonard and Petar Petrovic. It’s a Gothic style portal, showcasing the figures of St. Jerome and St. John the Baptist. You’ll also see the Father Creator above the lunette. Go to the northern wall of the church, and you’ll see one of the most beautiful cloisters in Dubrovnik, built in the Romanesque style.

Also in the monastery, be sure to visit the library. It’s one of the richest libraries in Croatia, and is famous for its collection of rare books. This includes over 1200 old manuscripts, 216 incunabulum, and 22 tomes of old church corals made in the 15th - 17th centuries. In the Renaissance hall, you’ll find a large collection of paintings and valuable art objects.

“Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik.” – George Bernard Shaw

Unique Things to See and Do Near Franciscan Monastery

  • Explore Dubrovnik’s Old Town
  • Walk the fortress’s walls
  • Take a cable car to the top of the mountain overlooking Dubrovnik
  • Visit the Franciscan Monastery’s library
  • Visit the Pharmacy Museum
  • Explore the Franciscan church

Information on the Franciscan Monastery

The Franciscan Monastery is open year-round, daily from 9AM to 6PM, April to October. In the off-season (November to March), opening hours are 9AM to 5PM. Admission for adults is 30 kuna, and 15 kuna for children.

You can explore all the attractions at the Franciscan Monastery under the price of one ticket. However, if you can get a guided tour, it comes highly recommended – a guide will give you the most interesting and worthwhile information about this historic site… plus a few little-known secrets.

Getting to the Franciscan Monastery

The Franciscan Monastery is located in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, which is only accessible on foot. Getting into Dubrovnik is easy, however. Croatia’s extensive and efficient bus system travels between all the major cities and towns.

There is also the Dubrovnik airport, servicing most European hubs.

Otherwise, getting around the attraction is easy on foot.

Did you know…?

The Friars Minor pharmacy is the third oldest working pharmacy in the world.

Did you ALSO know…?

The library at the Franciscan Monastery is home to some extremely rare and valuable books, but also a masterpiece by an unidentified artist and many gold artifacts.

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