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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 armoury, powder magazine, watch house, and prison. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 remodelled, 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 Old Town and City Walls Private Walking Tour with tickets
Explore the beautifully historic Old Town of Dubrovnik in southern Croatia, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, including tickets for a stroll around the city walls with stunning panoramic views. On your private tour you will: 

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of your private local guide.
  • Explore the charming Old Town of Dubrovnik, a beautiful coastal city situated on the Adriatic. 
  • Learn about its rich and varied history as a powerful city-state up until 1802, and the terrible siege of 1991 during the Yugoslavian civil war. 
  • Wander along its tranquil honey-coloured cobbled streets, admiring the beautiful architecture of its churches, public buildings, and monuments. 
  • See the Old Town Market and Main Street, soaking up the atmosphere. 
  • Admire the Gothic / Renaissance Churches like St Saviour Chuch, built in the 1520s after the city survived a major earthquake. 
  • Visit the tranquil Franciscan Monastery, the lovely Church of St Blaise and the Jesuit Stairs. 
  • Wander down to the harbour, famed for its fortification towers and stunning views over the sea and the Old Town. 
  • Walk around the City Walls, a truly breathtaking experience with panoramic views out to the ocean, and back to the city. (Entrance tickets are included). 
  • Choose where you end the tour: either at a café on the city walls or back in the Old Town, your guide will be happy to give you options! 
  • Please note: This tour includes the tickets to access the city walls which are also valid for entering the Fort Lovrijenac (St. Lawrence Fortress) that you are free to explore at your own leisure within 3 days of your tour. 
Dubrovnik is a beautiful golden city situated on the Adriatic Sea in the far south of Croatia. It is known as the Pearl of the Adriatic with its golden architecture glowing in the sunshine. It was a powerful city-state in the Medieval period, and the Old Town retains all that antiquated charm. 

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, which served not only as a residence but also as an armoury, 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. From here you will head onwards to the Franciscan Monastery and Old Pharmacy - the third oldest in the world!

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 the scandals of the chequered lives of the local aristocrats.

After touring the idyllic Old Town, you will traverse the beautiful City Walls, a 2km stone wall that has protected the city for centuries, tickets included. During your walk along the city walls, you will be able to take in the panoramic views of the city below – as your guide points out landmarks of interest, including the locations where Game of Thrones was filmed! End your tour on the walls, or at a bar back in the Old Town the choice is yours. 
The Best of Dubrovnik Live Virtual Tour
Dubrovnik, also known as "The Pearl of the Adriatic", is a perfectly preserved medieval city with huge sturdy stone walls built between the 11th and 17th centuries for protection and that back in those years, it used to rival Venice as a trading port.

On this live virtual tour, you will take a stroll down the quaint narrow streets of Dubrovnik’s picturesque Old Town through its impressive surroundings while hearing its tales and history that only a local professional tour guide can tell.

You will see: 
  • Pile Bay
  • Pile Gate, the grand entrance to Dubrovnik's old town, complete with drawbridge and Renaissance arch.
  • Onofrio’s Fountain, built as a part of the water supply system in the 15th century that was once a vital water source for the town's people.
  • The Franciscan church, the third oldest public pharmacy in Europe from the 13th century
  • St. Blaise’s church, Dubrovnik's saint patron, and hear his story about him and traditional procession held on his feast day
  • Orlando’s 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
  • Sponza palace - state mint and customs house in middle ages
  • City Belltower, a beautiful landmark of the Old Town with a bell struck by two bronze men
  • Revelin fortress, created to give additional security to the Eastern city gate
  • Old Quarantine founded as the first quarantine in Europe in the 14th century
  • Fortress of St. John
  • Cathedral of Our Lady that counted with a Lionheart’s donation for the construction of this 12th-century cathedral
  • Rector’s palace, a harmonious combination of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture.

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