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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 Cultural Highlights of Dubrovnik

  • Your tour begins at Stradun, Dubrovnik's famous city square, hosting many rustic old buildings, including the Rector’s Palace - a 14th century Baroque masterpiece, serving not only as a residence but also as an armory, powder magazine, watch house, and prison. 
  • You will also have the pleasure of visiting Onofrio's Fountain, where you will be able to admire the magnificent Sponza Palace.
  • You will move on to visit the stunning Old Synagogue of Dubrovnik, the oldest in the city, and astonishingly the second oldest in the world.
  • You will also enjoy a visit to the Jewish Museum, where you will learn more about the Jewish community and their contribution to the history and culture of the great city of Dubrovnik. 
  • You will then proceed on to the Baroque Cathedral of the Assumption, rebuilt in the 18th century following an earthquake, and now a popular venue for weddings and celebrations. 
  • You will see the stunning Cathedral of the Assumption, Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Church of St. Blaise. Here you will learn all about the fascinating legend of Richard the Lionheart who returning from the Crusades in 1192, was shipwrecked in a storm, and cast aground on Lokrum Island in front of Dubrovnik. 
  • You will also pay a visit to the Franciscan Monastery and Old Pharmacy- the third oldest in the world. After which you will proceed to traverse the beautiful City Walls, a 2 km stone wall that has protected the city for centuries. During your walk along the city walls you will be able to take in the panoramic views of the city below. 

Stradun is the main street in Dubrovnik Old Town. Stradun stretches the distance of Pile Gate to the Old Town’s port. The street has been completely pedestrianised for almost 50 years and acts as main local promenade, featuring a number of restaurants, cafes and shops. 

Onofrio's Fountain circulates through a huge central dome and 16 water taps that surround it. It was completed in 1438 and withstood some damage after an earthquake but was never been repaired! Spend some time sitting at the foot of the fountain planning the rest of your day or enjoying a light bite to eat. 

The Baroque Cathedral of the Assumption was largely destroyed in 1667 due to an earthquake strike. The senate of Dubrovnik at the time pledged for it to be remodeled, whereby multiple architects eventually made it happen;  Francesco Cortese, Paolo Andreotti of Genoa, Pier Antonio Bazzi of Genoa, and friar Tommaso Napoli of Palerm. The Cathedral was then completed over the next three decades. Unfortunately, further damage has been made over the years, but it has all been repaired. 

Perfect for those wanting a great Dubrovnik selfie!
Dubrovnik's Half-Day Highlights
Medieval Dubrovnik

Your tour begins at Stradun, Dubrovnik's famous city square, boasting many beautiful old buildings, including the Rector’s Palace, a 14th century Baroque masterpiece, serving not only as a residence but also as an armoury, powder magazine, watchhouse, and prison. You will also have the pleasure of visiting Onofrio's Fountain, where you will be able to admire the magnificent Sponza Palace. From here you will head onwards to the Franciscan Monastery and Old Pharmacy- the third oldest in the world!

Chequered History

After walking across the main square you will come across the Baroque Cathedral of the Assumption, rebuilt in the 18th century following an earthquake, and now a popular venue for weddings and celebrations. Other highlights, not to be missed, include Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Church of St. Blaise. Here you will learn all about the fascinating legend of Richard the Lionheart who, returning from the Crusades in 1192, was shipwrecked in a storm, and cast aground on Lokrum Island in front of Dubrovnik. When Richard tried to convince the leaders of Dubrovnik to build a church on the island, Richard was instead persuaded to build the cathedral in Dubrovnik proper. You will also hear about the infamous medieval orphanage, communal granaries, and chequered lives of the local aristocrats.

From here you will proceed to traverse the beautiful City Walls, a 2km stone wall that has protected the city for centuries. During your walk along the city walls you will be able to take in the panoramic views of the city below. Perfect for those wanting a great Dubrovnik selfie!
Island Hopping in Dubrovnik
Medieval Dubrovnik

Your exclusive private tour begins in Stradun, Dubrovnik's famous city square.  Boasting many beautiful old buildings, one of which is Rector’s Palace, a 14th-century Baroque masterpiece, serving not only as a residence, but also as an armory, powder magazine, watchhouse, and prison.

You will also have the pleasure of visiting Onofrio's Fountain, where you will be able to admire the magnificent Sponza Palace. Don't forget to flip a coin and make a wish! You head onwards to the Franciscan Monastery and Old Pharmacy- the third oldest in the world.

Richard the Lionheart 

After walking across the main square you will see the Baroque Cathedral of the Assumption, rebuilt in the 18th century following an earthquake. Here you will learn all about the fascinating legend of Richard the Lionheart who, whilst returning from the Crusades in 1192, was shipwrecked in a storm, and cast aground on Lokrum Island in front of Dubrovnik. 

You will also hear about the infamous medieval orphanage, communal granaries, and chequered lives of the local aristocrats. Later, you will then proceed to traverse the beautiful City Walls, a 2km stone wall that has protected the city for centuries. During your walk along the city walls, you will be able to fully appreciate the panoramic views of the city below. 

Lokrum Island

We hope you're not too tired yet, there's still more to come! You will then make your way down through the town towards the port, to get to Lokrum Island- home to a stunning 11th century Benedictine Monastery. You will visit Lokrum Island, a gorgeous oasis close to the centre of the city, boasting the beautiful summer residence of Archduke Maximilian and a gorgeous city park. Here you will have the pleasure of learning more about the 19th century Fort Royal that sits atop the peak of the island, as well as the legends that this site is famous for. 

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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