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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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Where to stay in Dubrovnik

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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  • A rich and intersting collection of the local and neighbouring goldsmiths from the 14, 15th and 16th century. Most of it survived the big earthquake in the 1667 and was brought back here after the ras...  more »
  • The Cathedral Treasury is wonderful and worth seeing. It consists of over 100 relics of saints dating from the 11th to the 19th centuries. Many of these relics are handcrafted by Dubrovnik goldsmiths.  more »
  • Must see, mass at 10.00 Sunday morning, perfect choir singing, lot of worth things to see, gold and silver tresure!  more »
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  • The Cathedral and all the surroundings are great. At night it is a perfect place to go there and eat, drink while listening to the music that you like (there are places with local bands but even with jazz bands). The only disadvantage is that in summer it is very difficult to park your car in the downtown. The few garages are getting full very fast and also the parking places on the street.
  • Dubrovnik is a tourist trap!! Restaurants are to overpriced and there is a waither bothering you every 5 minutes with "special offers". Go outside the city to experience the real croatia.
  • very beautiful cathedral. Lovely altar and statues
  • Great Roman Baroque sacral arhitecture. 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.
  • This along with everything else in this wonderful city is absolutely stunning.