Franciscan Monastery & Museum

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Franciscan Monastery & Museum information

Location
Dubrovnik , Croatia
Address
Placa 2
Prices
adult/child 30/15KN
Opening hours
9am-6pm
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Within this monastery's solid stone walls is a gorgeous mid-14th-century cloister , a historic pharmacy and a small museum with a collection of relics and liturgical objects, including chalices, paintings, gold jewellery and pharmacy items such as laboratory gear and medical books. Artillery remains that pierced the monastery walls during the 1990s war have been saved, too.

Before you head inside, stop to admire the remarkable pietà over the door sculpted by the local masters Petar and Leonard Andrijić in 1498. Unfortunately, the portal is all that remains of a richly decorated church, which was destroyed in the 1667 earthquake.

The cloister is 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. At the centre is a small square garden that’s shaded by orange and palm trees.

Further inside is 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.