Poljana Marina Držića, Dubrovnik, 20000
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- Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, History, Sightseeing
Expert review of Dubrovnik cathedral
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.
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.