Franciscan Monastery, Dubrovnik

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Featuring one of the oldest churches in Dubrovnik, ,Franciscan Monastery attracts tourists not only for its antique design and historical significance, but also its impressive library and pharmacy. Start off by exploring the mixed Gothic and Renaissance style of the church's interior and exterior. Note the Baroque-style reconstructions, which were added inside during more recent reconstruction. In accordance with the Franciscan rule that outlines taking care of sick members of the order, this church has an attached pharmacy that is quite well-known. It is the third-oldest functioning pharmacy in the world and has been partially transformed into a museum with exhibits about Franciscan medicine and the pharmacy itself. Finish off your visit here with a trip to the attached library, known as one of the richest in Croatia, it boasts an impressive collection of over 70,000 books. Students get in for half price. Arrange to visit Franciscan Monastery and other attractions in Dubrovnik using our Dubrovnik travel route builder app .
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  • Lovers of history and/or architecture will have before it a nice work to admire, with its cloister and the Church. For the rest, a few curiosities: inside is one of the most important European libraries, although the visit is not easy. Also inside are one of the oldest pharmacies also in Europe with many of the instruments that were used in those times (also is the new pharmacy... do not forget to buy the cream of rosas's secret formula). Finally, in the façade facing the Stradum there is a small stone that protrudes from the wall. It said that who can jump and stand on it without using arms, find love.
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  • Interesting and verdant. The apothecary was disappointing as the staff were very abrupt but to see the work done by so many generations was quite thought provoking. The missile damage to the exterior ...  more »
  • Went in the monastery briefly but it was packed. made the mistake of going to the museum which was 30 Kuna and just not worth it. Limited displays with little information. A beautiful courtyard garden...  more »
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  • Unexpected exhibits,artifacts and beautiful small garden.It worths visiting it!
  • This lovely building contains one of the oldest continuously operating pharmacies in Europe.
  • 30 kunas for 5 minutes
  • Same place as Franjevački samostan (Franciscan Monastery in Croatian, Monastery belonging to the Order of Friars Minor). Beautiful monastery and church complex built in the 14th c. with magnificent Romanesque-Gothic cloister and one of the oldest European pharmacy. St. Francis Church interior was rebuilt in Venetian Baroque style after the earthquake of 1667. Placa is the official name for Stradun (so, the address Placa 2 is same as unofficial Stradun 2).
  • The Franciscan order arrived in Dubrovnik around 1234. The first Franciscan monastery was built in the 13th century in the Pile area.

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