Cathedral Treasury, Dubrovnik

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The Assumption Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Dubrovnik, Croatia. It is the seat of the Diocese of Dubrovnik.
The cathedral was built on the site of several former cathedrals, including 7th, 10th and 11th century buildings, and their 12th century successor in the Romanesque style. The money to build the basilica was partially contributed by the English king Richard the Lion Heart, as a votive for having survived a shipwreck near the island of Lokrum in 1192 on his return from the Third Crusade.
This building was largely destroyed in the earthquake of 1667. The Senate of Dubrovnik appealed to the Italian architect Andrea Bufalini of Urbino, who sent a model for the new church in Baroque style with a nave, two aisles and a cuppola. Several other Italian architects including Francesco Cortese (present from 1669 until his death in 1670), Paolo Andreotti of Genoa (present 1671-1674), Pier Antonio Bazzi of Genoa (present 1677-78), and friar Tommaso Napoli of Palermo (present 1689 - 1700), all working with local and imported stonemasons, completed the Cathedral over the next three decades. Napoli made several crucial changes to the original plans including the use of a cross vault and the opening of large thermal windows at the upper level. This gives the whole interior a lighter and brighter feel. The style of the Cathedral is in keeping with the esthetics of Roman Baroque architecture as practiced by Bernini, Carlo Fontana and their 17th century contemporaries. The construction began in 1673. The building was finished in 1713 by the Dubrovnik architect Ilija Katičić.
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  • This is a beautiful old baroque cathedral right by the main old port in an dominates one of the main town squares. It seems in excellent condition given all the war/strife suffered here in the past. L...  more »
  • The cathedral is situated in the Eastern End of the Old Town near to the Rector’s Palace. It is quite small (as cathedrals go) but is most impressive both inside and out. There are numerous statues to...  more »
  • It is difficult to visit Dubrovnik without visiting the cathedral, but like the whole city you have to focus on visits in the morning, less hot and especially less people
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  • I had the honour of attending a choir rehearsal that was winding down. This was almost midnight! They allowed tourists like myself to enjoy the singing. It literally brought me to tears. I only wish they had a recording of their recitals I certainly would have bought a wheelbarrow full! A beautiful cathedral and simply a must to visit.
  • Very beautiful old town, lots of narrow street and alleyways, shops and cafe bars, several churches, city walls walk a market place in the middle. There are several museums and art galleries to look at. Buy a debrovnik 1,3 or 7 day pass, to catch buses and get into attractions.
  • Small for a cathedral although it does have some history behind it. It's about as big as the biggest church in town. I would recommend to go to the other churches.
  • The most beautiful building of Dubrovnik. It is not that it’s incomparable to other cathedrals in the world . Its massive size versus the other buildings in Dubrovnik along with its positioning next to Rector’s palace gives a sense of magnificence.
  • Overrun by American and Chinese tourists and somewhat noisy for people who just want to enjoy the interior of a religious building or pray. Otherwise pretty good
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