Franciscan Monastery & Museum, Dubrovnik

Franciscan Monastery & Museum, Dubrovnik (must see)

The Friary of St. Francis of Dubrovnik was organized in 1317. The original structure that housed the local religious order was pretty much destroyed during the earthquake of 1667. The group did rebuild their home and incorporated more modern styles of architecture into their new structure. As a result, like many buildings in the area, it displays elements of Baroque and Renaissance style architecture. The main component of the building that survived the earthquake was the old cloister.

Access to the monastery can be gained from the St. Saviour 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 here also, that many people miss, in spite of the very reasonable charge. It is open to the general public every day and houses valuable copies of manuscripts and chorales, as well as valuable paintings by unknown masters, a 14th-century head relic of St Ursula, and a collection of ex-voto jewelry.

Why You Should Visit:
This is a quick visit but not to be missed, 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 subjects for photography, and opportunities 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 larger tour groups happily do not have on their itinerary.

Tip:
It seems you can enter the cloister garden without a ticket but a ticket is required for the apothecary museum.
While photos are only allowed in the cloisters part, if you visit the old pharmacy shop, you can 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
Guide(s) containing this sight: Christian Dubrovnik Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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