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Culture of Dubrovnik. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Dubrovnik Palace of the Prince is the most famous historical landmark of the city. Many years ago the palace has been used as the residence of local rulers; nowadays the walls of the magnificent building are home to a collection of City Museum. The halls of the palace astonish its visitors by luxurious interior. On warm months of the year they become the venue for various festivals and concerts of classical music.
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Among the religious sites that are worth noting is Church of St. Blasius, which is named after the first patron of Dubrovnik. Blasius constantly saved citizens of the city from aggressors, warned merchants and rulers of the plans of enemies. Even nowadays local residents devote many national holidays to their patron saint, honoring this amazing person, who lived here in the 10th century. Loggia Square is the location of a beautiful church named after St Vlach. Fine stained glass windows are the main decoration of the church. The hall of the church is the location of a huge statue of St. Vlach. It was made of silver of highest standard and covered with thin gold leaf. This is a true masterpiece of jewelry. The church was erected over three hundred years ago, but even nowadays it can be considered a true model of elegant architecture.
Dominican monastery is a prominent historical monument. Its construction took place in the 14th century. Initially, the monastery played the role of a defensive fortification, and later it became a refuge for hermits. Nowadays the monastery is turned into a museum, which exhibits a collection of church paintings, sacred objects, sculptures and paintings of medieval painters. Near the monastery is located a beautiful garden where you can enjoy the fragrance of magnolias and see the old well, which was built by the monks. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Your visit to the Franciscan monastery built in the beginning of the 15th century will be no less interesting. This beautiful building has survived through many difficulties during its long history - fires, earthquakes and military raids. The monastery is well preserved till our days; today it has been turned into an interesting museum that exhibits a collection of art objects and jewelry. The monastery has one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, which has been opened immediately after the construction of the monastery.
Dubrovnik Fans of the must-watch series “Game of Thrones” will recognize the streets of the Old City in Dubrovnik – the fact is that many scenes were filmed here. Among the castles located here are the Lovrijenac fortress, Trsteno arboretum (located not far from the city), Tvrđava Minčeta and Bokar. It is worth noting that the places are worthy of visiting not only out of love for the film series, but also because they are significant architectural monuments. Other noteworthy places in the city include the tower Gornji Ugao, (which has stored up inside it, the secrets of masters of foundry), as well as Utvrda Royal, which stands on the highest point of the island.
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The entrance to the city is opened by Vrata od Pila – magnificent and monumental. They seem to show what exactly tourists are expecting to see in the city: and these are nothing short of a pleasant sights. According to some historical records, the landmark was built in 972, being a fortification in the past. The outer gates on the other hand were erected in 1537. Near the gate there is an amazing fountain (Židovska Fontana), whose time of construction is said to date back to 1900. Moving slightly down from the Gates, it is worth strolling along the Brsalje Street. On the way there are impressive buildings – shops, restaurants, among others – and each of these institutions fits perfectly into the “design” of the street.
Dubrovnik In Dubrovnik, there are a great number of beautiful and interesting churches, among which stands out Sveti Ignacije, whose main decoration is a beautiful altar inside. There is also the “Crkva sv. Blagovijesti”, which is one of the few Orthodox churches in the city, and “Crkva sv. Spasa”, which has a rich history behind it. In addition to the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries, there is another, equally beautiful monastery in the city. It is a Benedictine monastery located on the island of Lokrum. Its ancient ruins have retained much of its history. It is not only just worth touching but it gives off a feeling of incomparable bliss. The Synagogue in Dubrovnik is also noteworthy. Its main feature is the interior decoration.
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The unique Love Stories Museum will amaze even those who think that it is impossible to surprise them. The love stories of famous (and not very famous) people are definitely worth getting acquainted with. In addition, the scenery here is refined and there is a feeling of love hovering in the air. Among the art lovers, art galleries such as Art by Stjepko, Atelier Peridot and Samostan Sv.klare are especially appreciated. Upon visiting the Sponza Palace, you will find yet another interesting museum within its walls. It is dedicated to the Civil War of 1991 and the corresponding lessons that people learnt from it. Also worthy of a visit is Pomorski muzej, as it gives you an insight into the nature of the local culture.
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Franciscan monastery, Dubrovnik

» The Franciscan Monastery is the complex of churches. Originally, the buildings were located beyond the city. Monks moved outside the walls of the city due to frequent military conflicts.
» The new monastery started to be built in 1317. It was destroyed by a strong earthquake. Only the southern entrance was not damaged. Then, the building was restored.
» The part of the arched wall depicts the Virgin Mary mourning Jesus. She is surrounded by saints. God the Father is above her.
» There is the sculpture of risen Christ above the central altar in the room. The podium is framed with patterned marble columns.
» In the church, there are the ashes of the South Slavic poet, Ivan Gundulic.
» In the Franciscan Monastery, there are closed bypass galleries. There are 120 octagonal pillars in one of them. Their peaks are different: the head of a man, an animal, or a flower.
» In the center, there is a fountain with sculptures of St. Francis.
» The second part of the cloister is living quarters.
» There are also a pharmacy and a library. Its collection includes over 70 thousand books. There are 1200 books of historical value. The monastery museum presents liturgical items and jewels.

Dominican monastery, Dubrovnik

» There is the Dominican Monastery in the eastern district of the city. It had been built for several centuries. It is one of the fortifications.
» All the laymen of the city contributed much to the construction by making donations for the temple.
» The earthquake of 1667 damaged the building much.
» The small part of the lodge built in the 15th century is decorated as a garden.
» The monastery includes a working museum. It presents the collection of paintings dating back to the 14th century. One of them depicts the patron of the city, Blaise, holds the miniature of the city of the 16th century in his hands.
» There are many three-arch windows. The construction has three arched doorways along its length. The outer walls are not decorated. There are multiple holes and niches in the inner walls, stone pieces of furniture, gravestones, and a carved stand for reading the Scripture.
» The chapel of the 14th century and the library have been preserved. There are also the first print editions in Europe.
» The monastery is also famous for the crucifix and the wall fresco above the main altar.
» In the patio, there is a garden and a stone Gothic well.
» There is an art gallery at the site of the old chapel. It presents modern paintings.

Dubrovnik Cathedral, Dubrovnik

» In 1981, the masonry of the older building was found during the restoration of Saint Mary’s Cathedral. After studying architectural features, researchers concluded that the building date back to the 6th-8th century. This proves that there was a developed settlement at the site of modern Dubrovnik.
» The cathedral resembles the Latin cross (the vertical line is longer the horizontal one). 3 prolonged rooms are crowned with a painted dome. New annexes are attached to the halls.
» The precious values here is the painting of Tiziano (1552) and canvases of the 16th-18th centuries.
» St. Blaise (the Christian martyr) is the patron of the city. His remains are resting in the cathedral. There is also the part of the cross from Golgotha, on which Jesus was tortured.
» The building belonged to the Dubrovnik Republic. It was unlocked with keys that different people in power had.
» In the cathedral, there are unusual paintings of Christ, for example, one of them depicts him on the back of the donkey.
» Three domes seen from afar are very interesting.
» The treasury of the House of God presents the collection that includes 200 religious artifacts.
» The temple is open for visitors.

Saint Blaise Church, Dubrovnik

» The gilded statue of Saint Blaise was cast in the 15th century and placed on the roof of the cathedral named after him. He holds the miniature of the city in his hands. He was exalted in 971.
» According to the chronicles, the priest had the vision of Saint Bacchus who came as an elder with a long waiving beard. He held a rod in his hands and wore a high miter. The prophet warned about the attack of the sneaky Venetians wanting to conquer the city.
» Blaise had been declared the defender and patron of the city since that time. You can see his profile on banknotes, city stamps, and the republican flag.
» On the day of his worship, 3 February, there is the festive procession of worshipers with icons, crosses and the box with the bones of the saint who died in agony for his faith.
» In 1715, the facade was made in the baroque style that features pretentious architectural elements. The entrance is a wide staircase. The dome has the shape of a huge half-sphere. Stained glass windows give an unusual light.
» Near the main altar, there is an organ surrounded by paintings and icons in gilded frames. They depict the saints.

Rector Palace, Dubrovnik

» The Rector’s Palace is the residence of princes. Traditionally, the great person lived and worked here all the time. It was forbidden to leave the residence for personal purposes. The stamped inscription above the entrance says the same, “...serve only the state”.
» For a full-fledged activity, there were rooms for the nobles and servants, as well as premises services as a conference hall or a courtroom.
» Near them, there was a dungeon and a warehouse for ammunition and weapons.
» On the top floor where the prince lived, the keys to the city gate were kept. He locked it at night and unlocked in the morning himself. The rite symbolized the safety of citizens.
» In the east wing, there was a court chapel and a guardhouse. Their windows have a view of the sea. Here, you can see preserved pieces of furniture of that time and antique items and paintings.
» The royal residence is a single-storey building with four annexes. They surround a patio. It is linked with the other courtyard where the monument to the sailor of the Republican period is placed by the gallery.
» Classical music concerts are held in the atrium.
» Today, the palace serves as a museum. The Rector’s Palace was built in the 15th century.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Dubrovnik

The City Walls
Where: Pile Gate (The entrance to the Old Town), Dubrovnik;
The Old Town
The Dominican Monastery And Museum
Mount Srd
The Elaphite Islands
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Dubrovnik
♥   Katedrala Svetog Trifuna, Kotor, 61.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Svetište Kraljice Mira, Međugorje, 68.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Crkva sv. Petra i Pavla, Mostar, 79.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Katedrala Marija Majka Crkve, Mostar, 80.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Dubrovnik. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Dubrovnik: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Dubrovnik. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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