St Blaise's Church, Dubrovnik

St Blaise's Church, Dubrovnik (must see)

This church is named after the local patron saint of Dubrovnik – formerly the protector of the independent Republic of Ragusa. The image of the saint is carved in stone on all Dubrovnik's fortresses and the bastion, above all the city gates, and on all official seals and coins. A feast in his honor is held on February 3rd each year. The church has some of the relics of St Blaise as well: both of his hands and a bit of bone from his face are held inside.

The church was formed in the 14th century and was originally built in the very popular Romanesque style, as much of the construction was done in that time frame. The great earthquake of 1667 damaged the building extensively. It was totally lost in a fire in 1706. Afterward, the church was modeled on Sansovino's Venetian church of San Maurizio and rebuilt in 1714 in Baroque style.

On the inside, you will want to see the beautiful golden statue of St. Blaise holding a scale model of the Romanesque church which was destroyed by the earthquake in 1667. Crafted in the 15th century by an unknown local master, the statue is on the main altar of the church and was the only one to survive the fire of 1706.

The church’s front steps are the setting for some of the most important events of the life of the city, including New Year’s Eve and the opening night of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. There is also a market out front with numerous crafts and food offerings (honey, jams, olive oils, sugared fruit and nuts).

Why You Should Visit:
Unlike a lot of churches, this one is light, bright, less foreboding but equally pretty and beautiful.

Tip:
It can get quite crowded inside so go early morning or later in the evening, or when a service is on to sit with yourself.
Whenever you go, make sure to check out the beautiful stone carvings above the door.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 8am-12pm / 4:30-7pm; Sun: 7am-1pm
Free admission; open until midnight in August

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St Blaise's Church on Map

Sight Name: St Blaise's Church
Sight Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Christian Dubrovnik Walking Tour  

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