Franciscan Monastery & Museum

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Franciscan Monastery & Museum information

Dubrovnik , Croatia
Street Placa 2
adult/concession 30/15KN
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Over the doorway of this monastery is a remarkable pietà sculpted by the local masters Petar and Leonard Andrijić in 1498. Unfortunately, the portal is all that remains of the richly decorated church, which was destroyed in the 1667 earthquake. Inside the monastery complex is a mid-14th-century cloister , one of the most beautiful late-Romanesque structures in Dalmatia. Notice how each capital over the incredibly slim dual columns is topped by a different figure, portraying human heads, animals and floral arrangements. Also enjoyable is the small square garden that’s shaded by orange and palm trees.

Further inside you’ll find the third-oldest functioning pharmacy in Europe, which has been in business since 1391 – it may have been the first pharmacy in Europe open to the general public. The small monastery museum has a collection of relics, liturgical objects including chalices, paintings, gold jewellery and pharmacy items such as laboratory gear and medical books. Ammunition remains that pierced the monastery walls during the 1990s war have been saved, too.

There’s often a good exhibition of photographs or art on display here.