The Fransiscan Monastery

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Placa 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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EmEm EmEm
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Wonderful! Mar 13, 2015
Franciscan monastery is situated at Placa, opposite of the big Onofrio's fountain. The Holy Savior Church is next to it. The cloister was built in late Romanesque style in 1360. The rule of the Franciscan order was to take care of the their sick members. A pharmacy was designed and founded as the public pharmacy, as well as for the needs of the monks to solve their materialistic needs. Today the pharmacy is the third oldest functioning pharmacy in the world. In 1938 it became a museum.

The Franciscan cloister is one of the most valuable late Romanesque buildings and one of the most beautiful places which is able to visit in the Dubrovnik Old Town. The monastery has another cloister built in the Gothic style but only for private use.

The monastery contains one of the richest old libraries in Croatia: the book collection, old manuscripts of extraordinary value and importance, incunabulas and old church corals from the 15- 17th century, the collection of liturgical and art objects, the inventory of the old Franciscan pharmacy, paintings, valuable specimens of gold-work and rare books.

The pharmacy and the Franciscan Monastery should be unavoidable attractions of Dubrovnik for every visitor. It is best to visit in late fall when there are less tourists in the city, and you'll be treated as a special guest.
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EmEm says:
Thank you, Sylvia! We are of the same mind.
Posted on: Jul 26, 2017
starship1 says:
Nice review and photos! Though we had been to Dubrovnik before, this year was the first time we visited the Monastery! The cloister is beautiful!

With our latest visit here, I found that I really appreciate the old city here more and more.
Posted on: Jul 26, 2017
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Pearl510 Pearl510
162 reviews
Jul 26, 2004
This Fransiscan monastery was build in a typical Roman-Gothic style during the 14th century. It is an architectural master piece, which unfortunately was completely destroyed later after the great earthquake that hit Dubrovnic. The only remainder from the period before the earthquake is the entrance gate with the ‘pieta at stradun’, a Gothic sculpture. The rest of the architecture is rebuild and therefor contains Renaissance and Baroque influences as well.

Within the cloister you'll find one of the oldest pharmacies of Europe, still decorated in it's original style and very charming. It is the only pharmacy build in the early 14th century that was preserved and is still opened, worldwide. In the monastery museum one can watch the old instruments and devices ones used in it.

The library connected to the cloister shows many handwritten documents and other literature. More than thirty thousand works are stored there. A painting is exhibited as well, that shows the old town of Dubrovnik before the great earthquake, in it's original state. This is very rare but gives the viewer an impression of how inhabitants of the town used to work and live.

The monastery is a beautiful but simple building, as well from the outside as inside. I think it is definitely worth a visit, although you won't spend hours here.

The entrance fee isn't too expensive: 6kn approximately

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