Dubrovnik Cathedral, 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.HistoryThe 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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  • The original Romanesque church was destroyed after the earthquake. The current one is Baroque, with chapels decorated with Italian artists. I expected more than the Cathedral.
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  • This reliquary is the most amazing I have ever seen. The detail and the art is amazing on the relics of St Blaise (skull, leg, hands) but the amount of relics is astounding; they cover the walls. Ther...  more »
  • Go in the morning when the crowds are not in the old city yet. Spend time in the cathedral enjoying the Atmoshere and the wonder of this place.  more »
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  • Loads of great places around. Building itself is ok. Nice to sit next to during drinks dinner
  • Simple but really nice cathedral. Went there for a free organ concert. Always worth a stop.
  • If you are in Dubrovnik, don't miss a chance to visit it. It's a really nice place for walk in the old castle.
  • It is well preserved historical place. I had been there in 1996
  • Great Roman Baroque sacral architecture. The Dubrovnik Cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven, was built from 1671 to 1713 (original design by Andrea Buffalini of Urbino, modifications by Paolo Andreotti of Genoa, Pier Antonio Bazzi and Tommaso Napoli, finished by the Dubrovnik architect Ilija Katičić in 1713) on the place of the Romanesque cathedral (12th c.) that was completely destroyed in the great earthquake of 1667. The interior is richly decorated and above the main altar stands Tizian's triptych ("The Assumption of the Virgin Mary") from the16th c. (relocated from, now demolished, St. Lazarus Church in Ploče neighbourhood near the old city). It is a seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dubrovnik (the Archdiocese from 1022 to 1828). During the 1980s excavations, ruins of another cathedral (dated in the 7th or the 8th c. with Byzantine and Pre-Romanesque architectural characteristics) were found beneath the remnants of the destroyed Romanesque cathedral. Note: In 2016 the old baroque main altar was restored and put back on its original place.

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One of Croatia's major tourist destinations, Dubrovnik remains one of the most expensive cities in the country, especially if you wish to stay in the old town at peak season. You can choose from upscale hotel rooms just east of the old town, but for budget-friendly beds you may have to go as far as the outskirts of town. Many locals rent small rooms in their private homes, so look for rental signs in windows or check with the city's tourist office.
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