Franciscan Monastery & Museum, Dubrovnik

Franciscan Monastery & Museum, Dubrovnik (must see)

The Friary of St. Francis of Dubrovnik was formed in 1317. The original structure that used to house this religious order was largely destroyed during the earthquake of 1667, upon which the monks rebuilt their home incorporating more modern styles into the new structure. As a result, just like many other buildings in the area, it shows elements of Baroque and Renaissance architecture. The main component of the building which had survived the earthquake is the old cloister.

Access to the monastery is open from the St. Savior Church. While there, make note of the door that you walk through, as it is one of the oldest surviving pieces of the original building. This piece was added in 1499 and represents a classic style, known as Venetian Gothic.

There is a wonderful little museum located on the grounds, which most people tend to overlook. The museum is open to the public for a small fee, every day, and houses valuable copies of ancient manuscripts and chorales, paintings by unknown masters, plus a 14th-century head relic of St Ursula, and a collection of ex-voto jewelry.

Why You Should Visit:
Well worth a quick visit, particularly the lovely garden/courtyard area (perfect for reflection) and the 700-year-old pharmacy.
There are some lovely murals and pieces of art, lots of objects for photography, and things to learn more about Dubrovnik's history as well.
Although right by the Pile Gate and the main entrance to the Walls, this is an oasis which the large tourist groups happily do not have on their itinerary.

Tip:
While you can enter the cloister garden without a ticket, it is required for the apothecary museum.
Photos are only allowed in the cloister part, if you visit the old pharmacy shop where you can also buy potions made from old recipes!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-6pm (Apr-Oct); 9am-2pm (Nov-Mar)

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Sight Name: Franciscan Monastery & Museum
Sight Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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