Dubrovnik cathedral

Price guide: Budget

Poljana Marina Držića, Dubrovnik, 20000

Price guide: Budget

Dubrovnik cathedral
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By Jane Foster, your Dubrovnik expert

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Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Dubrovnik cathedral

See Dubrovnik’s Baroque cathedral and a stash of golden reliquaries in the adjoining treasury.

The cathedral’s green copper cupola can be spotted from afar, rising above Dubrovnik’s terracotta rooftops. Although there’s been a cathedral on this site since the 12th-century, the Baroque structure you see today dates from the late-17th century, after the original was destroyed by an earthquake in 1667. Interestingly, in the years when Dubrovnik was an independent republic, the bishop had to be a foreigner, so as to separate religion from local politics. Be sure to check out the adjoining treasury, displaying well over a hundred gold and silver reliquaries, brought here from the former Byzantine lands by local sailors. The most impressive exhibit is the skull of St Blaise (Dubrovnik’s patron saint) encased in a bejewelled Byzantine crown. An arm and a leg, also apparently once belonging to the unfortunate Blaise, are also on display, decorated with golden plating.

Price advice: 

Cathedral free; treasury 15 kunas.

More information on Dubrovnik cathedral:

Price guide:
Architectural site, Museum, Religious site
Poljana Marina Držića, Dubrovnik, 20000
020 323459
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
May-Sep Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Oct-Apr daily 9am-noon and 3pm-5pm.

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