Dubrovnik Cathedral

This Baroque Roman Catholic cathedral was rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake on a site of worship that dates back to the 7th century.

TravelCurious Tip

Be sure to have a look in the cathedral treasury – it contains over 180 relics from as far back as the 11th century.

You might find it hard to believe, but Dubrovnik Cathedral has a strong connection to medieval English history. When the great English king Richard the Lionheart was returning from the Crusades in 1192, his ship was caught in a severe storm and was wrecked off the island of Lokrum. Many of those on board drowned, but Richard himself was fortunate enough to survive. As a religious man returning from a holy war, he took this to be an act of divine intervention, and decided to build a cathedral in nearby Dubrovnik as an offering of thanks.

Ancient Importance

For many years this was assumed to be the first church built on the location, but during a series of renovations in 1981 experts were stunned to discover foundations of a previous cathedral dating from over 500 years before Richard, in the 7th century, thus demonstrating the longstanding importance of the city. Either way, the Lionheart’s cathedral was destroyed, along with most of Dubrovnik, in the great earthquake of 1667. A number of renowned Italian architects were commissioned to design a replacement, completed in 1713, and aside from a stray shell during the 1992 Siege of Dubrovnik, the building has remained untouched ever since.

Exquisite Iconography

Among the features of the new design were a set of large thermal windows on the upper level, which gives the spacious nave a bright, open feel. Don’t miss the superb Altar of St. John of Nepomuk, carved from purple marble, or the large polyptych on the main altar, painted by the great Venetian artist Titian, of The Assumption of Mary.

Nearby Attractions

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Walls of Dubrovnik
The imposing defensive walls of Dubrovnik guarded the freedom of a sophisticated republic for five centuries.
Rector's Palace
This secular palace is a harmonious combination of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture.
Dubrovnik Cruise Port
A port renowned for its fascinating history, crystal clear water and astounding superyachts.
The Synagogue and Jewish Museum
The world's oldest operating Sephardic Synagogue, with a museum telling the story of the Jews of Dubrovnik.
Orlando Column
A 600-year-old column carved in honour of the legendary knight Orlando, who saved Dubrovnik from a siege by Arab pirates in the 8th century.
City Bell Tower
A beautiful landmark of the Old Town, with a bell struck by two bronze men.

Related Tours

The Best Of Dubrovnik's Cityscapes
  • Dubrovnik is a brand that is recognized worldwide, thanks to its unique beauty and rich cultural heritage. This city protected by UNESCO delights millions of visitors a year, so let it do the same with you.

Before exploring the beauty of the town, you will drive up to Srdj Mountain (quite a low mountain - so don't worry if you're scared of heights!), which is just behind Dubrovnik. You will enjoy a variety of landscapes and spectacular views of Dubrovnik and its surroundings. Glistening turquoise seas and cobbled streets are two characteristics that fit the view of this stunning picturesque town. 

The top of the mountain sees the Fort Imperijal - built from 1806 to 1816 during the Napoleonic Wars. From this very spot, you can see all of the old town, Lokrum Island, the Adriatic sea and much more. The most idyllic place for relaxing, taking some time for yourself and loved ones and capturing some of the most amazing moments.

Arriving at the top, you will have the opportunity to see the city from a bird’s eye perspective. After a short tour, we will return to the old city centre where the guide will take you through the rich history that the city guards within its impressive walls. Stone cobbled streets, numerous churches, museums, and monuments wait to be discovered.

Take a peek into the rich history of the city, which today is used as a living backdrop for world-famous films and series such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Borgias, etc.

Dive into the rich historic presence of the town known as Dubrovnik. There are secrets hidden being every city wall - preserved from hundreds of years ago and when you finish this city of scenes tour you will leave full of knowledge and appreciation of the city's culture.  

George Bernard Shaw summed it all up in one sentence: ˝If you want to see paradise on earth, come to Dubrovnik.˝


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