The interior of this three-nave church with a dome comprises several valuable altars in the Late Baroque style. Particularly fascinating are the works by the great Titian and his workshop (poliptych The Assumption of the Virgin Mary from the 16th century) above the main altar, Raphaels Madonna della Seggiola, The Flight into Egypt by the Italian painter Savoldo, etc. The Dubrovnik Cathedral is not only a fine example of Dubrovniks rich history and art, but also an intriguing archaeological site which opens numerous questions on the first millennium of Dubrovnik. During the restoration works on the Cathedral damaged by the earthquake of 1979, the archaeologists discovered the remains of yet another cathedral older than the one in the Romanesque style. They determined that this cathedral originated in the 7th century, which produced evidence in support of Dubrovnik being a developed urban community already at the time.
Franciscan Monastery & Museum
The finest Romanesque-Gothic cloister abounding with valuable works of art.
A monastery library was additionally built in the 17th century, while a theological preparatory was added to the monastery in 1896. After the earthquake which had taken place on 6 April 1667, the church was restored in the Baroque style. One of the largest and most grandiose Franciscan monasteries, it has two cloisters: the upper and the lower cloister with arches and a promenade. The cloister, constructed by Mihoje Brajkov of Bar (first half of the 13th century) is considered one of the finest Romanesque-Gothic buildings in our country. In 1860 the cloister was adorned with the frescos depicting the life of St Francis. The 14th century sarcophagus of M. Gučetić with reliefs is built into a cloister wall, while a fountain with the statue of St Francis stands in the cloister centre. The monastery houses the inventory of the old Friars Minor Pharmacy from 1317, the well-preserved pharmacy furniture from the 16th century and the 15th and 16th century vases from Siena and Florence.
In the Museum library there are valuable copies of manuscripts and chorales, as well as the valuable paintings by unknown masters, a 14th century head relic of St Ursula, and a collection of ex vuoto jewellery.
At the large fountain, built in 1438, water pours out from 16 spouts. It was wealthily decorated when built. In the great earthquake of 1667 it was very badly damaged and so today's appearance is noticably more humble than that of 500 years years ago. It was once again damaged during the Homeland War by two grenades.
Locals used Onofrio's fountains as a main source of water all the way up to the end of the 19th Century when a modern water supply was installed that’s upplied homes directly. However, the water in the fountains remains drinkable today so feel free to have a drink when wandering around town
One of the most significant monuments of profane architecture on the Croatian coast.
The Rectors Palace, was the administrative centre of the Dubrovnik Republic. Its style is basically Gothic, with the Renaissance and Baroque reconstructions.
It is the only public monument that the Dubrovnik Republic put up for a meritorious citizen. Today the Rectors Palace houses the Cultural-historic Department of the Dubrovnik Museum with exhibition halls arranged to display the original setting with antique furniture and objects for daily use, as well as paintings by local and Italian masters.
The Museum also guards a collection of old coins used in the Dubrovnik Republic, a collection of arms and utensils of Domus Christi Pharmacy from the 15th century. Apart from being exceptionally beautiful, the Rectors Palace Atrium has excellent acoustics, and is often used as a concert venue.
Luza looks like the equivalent of Times Square any time of the day or night. It's a meeting place and a crossroads where tourists stop to cool off with water from Onofrio's Little Fountain, explore exhibits in Sponza Palace, meet friends at the city bell tower, take a bijela kava break at the Gradska Kavana, or take a breather on the steps of St. Blaise Church. Luza is also where Dubrovnik's Summer Festival kicks off and where the annual February 3 St. Blaise procession ends.
Among famous knights, France’s Roland is among the most legendary. Orlando’s Column (Orlandov Stup) in Dubrovnik is a well known monument situated in the very heart of the Old Town, in the centre of Luža Square right in front of St Blaise’s Church.
The column, erected in 1418, features armoured knight Orlando who according to the legend, helped the people of old Dubrovnik (Ragusa) defeat invaders in the middle ages and therefore helped Dubrovnik to remain a free trade city-state. Being a monument to freedom, nowadays the column also features Libertas (freedom) flag of town’s Summer festival as well as St Blaise festival flag.
Stradun is one of the most popular spots in Dubrovnik, both among local residents and the scores of tourists that fly in from around the world every year. Officially known as Placa, Stradun is the main street of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. With its limestone pavements and serene old world charm, the place seems to give visitors a sense of stepping back into the glorious past.
Any time of days is a good time to see the sights of Stradun, but the cooler temperatures of the early mornings and early evenings are more conducive to lengthy exploration. Sunset is an especially awe-inspiring sight, with the silhouetted peaks of the medieval period buildings serving as a breathtaking frame for the swifts swooping through the fiery sky overhead. Even more examples of fine architecture can be seen throughout the length of the street, with historic monuments and charming buildings emphasizing the most unique aspects of Dubrovnik.
Srd Hill Cable Car
The best views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area are, without doubt, experienced from the top of the Srd Hill. The Dubrovnik Cable Car was built back in 1969 and was enthusiastically used by millions of visitors who wanted to enjoy the most beautiful panoramic views. On a clear day, you can see up to 60 km (37 miles). For this reason the neighbouring Imperial Fortress was strategically built on this privileged spot, back in the early 19th century.
The Banje beach is the most popular beach in Dubrovnik and one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. It has a beautiful view of the City walls and the island of Lokrum. On this beach everyone will fine something for themselves. Besides crystal clear water it offers wide selection of activities such as pedal boats, jet-ski, parachutes, watertubes etc.