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St Saviour Church

A plain but fascinating church, one of the few Renaissance survivors of the terrible 1667 earthquake.

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A great place to escape the Old Town crowds.

In 1520, a large earthquake seriously damaged many of Dubrovnik’s buildings and left 20 people dead. As an offering of gratitude for sparing the city further destruction, the authorities built St. Saviour Church and dedicated it to Jesus Christ. The votive certainly seems to have been appreciated. When the much bigger 1667 struck, killing 5,000 and destroying almost every building in Dubrovnik, little St. Saviour’s held firm, and remains little unchanged today next to the Pile Gate in the Old Town.


A Blend of Styles

Passing beneath the inscription of thanks above the main entrance, you will enter a simple, single-nave congregation. The interior contains significant Gothic elements. For example, if you look up you will notice a cross-ribbed ceiling, and the windows to the sides have pointed arches that are typically Gothic. However, the dominant architectural style in St. Saviour’s is that of the Renaissance. This can be seen in the distinctive three-leaf semicircular roof, as well as in the semicircular apse in the church’s interior.


The church’s opening hours can be erratic. The best time to guarantee entry, while also gaining an authentic experience of Croatian Roman Catholicism, is during the weekly mass on Sundays.


Nearby Attractions

See all attractions in Dubrovnik
Pile Gate
The grand entrance to Dubrovnik's old town, complete with drawbridge and Renaissance arch.
Stradun
Iconic limestone-paved Stradun is the main thoroughfare through Dubrovnik's old town.
Onofrio's Fountains
These lovely 15th century fountains were once vital water sources for the townspeople.
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

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. 
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