Cathedral Treasury, Dubrovnik

#15 of 38 in Historic Sites in Dubrovnik
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Assumption Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Dubrovnik, Croatia. It is the seat of the Diocese of Dubrovnik.
The 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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  • Like most cathedrals, the wealth they have stored is obscene. The building and interior are beautiful and the treasures overwhelming.  more »
  • The Dubrovnik Cathedral is the home of the Cathedral Treasury where there is a great collection of over 200 silver and gold objects, displayed behind a glass barrier, to view these objects you have...  more »
  • I had the honour of attending a choir rehearsal that was winding down. This was almost midnight! They allowed tourists like myself to enjoy the singing. It literally brought me to tears. I only wish they had a recording of their recitals I certainly would have bought a wheelbarrow full! A beautiful cathedral and simply a must to visit.
  • Very beautiful old town, lots of narrow street and alleyways, shops and cafe bars, several churches, city walls walk a market place in the middle. There are several museums and art galleries to look at. Buy a debrovnik 1,3 or 7 day pass, to catch buses and get into attractions.

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