Dominican Monastery, Dubrovnik
The Dominican Monastery was founded in 1315 and built next to the city walls in order to strenghten the norrtheastern flank. I must admitt I enjoyned this monastery more than the Franciscan one and this because in the inside Dominican museum, are shown many more handicrafts than the other one. Here you have some really nice examples of fine religious art coming mainly from Dubrovnik and Venice.
The bell tower of the monastery is one of the main attractions of the old city.
Price is 30 Kn and it's open from 9 to 17.
When the sun is hot, the Assumption cathedral (Katedrala Uznesenja Marijina) is another oasis of freshness. Don't forget to clothe modestly !
It was built at the beginning of the 18th in Baroque style. The legends says that it was built at the place of a Romanesque church that had been built by Richard Brave Heart when his boat, back from the crusades, sank on Lokrum island and he was miraculously saved. For more on Richard Brave Heart, look at my Rouen page.
As you walk the long stretch of wall from the Minceta Fortress to the northeast corner, you'll come upon this beautiful sight. The tower of the church at the Dominican Monastery rises sublimely above the backdrop of blue water in the Old Port. The monastery itself was begun in 1301 and includes a museum that has some interesting religious art from Dubrovnik (for a small entry fee).
"The Dominican Church was erected in 1315 but it was destroyed in the earthquake of 1667, to be rebuilt after that again. It is a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles. The plain interior consists of a huge single nave with a triple Gothic arch end opening into the sanctuary and two side chapels, the only part of the original building left. The church is decorated with stone household objects and a stone pulpit. The church walls are decorated with some masterpieces by famous painters e.g. 15th C Crucifixion by Paolo Veneziano; Virgin Mary and St. John by Lorenzo di Marino Dobričević (15th C); two altarpieces by Francesco di Maria (17th C); Miracle of St. Dominic by Vlaho Bukovac (a local 19th C work in the Sicilian manner).
The graceful late-Gothic Cloister, erected by local masons to a modified design of Maso di Bartolomeo of Florence, has interesting bosses in the vault and tomb slabs in the walls, but is somewhat marred by the over-clever interlaced ornament in alternate tympana and in the balustrade above. The cloister's garden is planted with orange trees. The Bell Tower, begun in 1390 and completed in 1531, in a curiously retarded Romanesque style, continued by the later baroque lantern."*
The Dominican monastery is a large complex situated in the east part of the town, close to the city walls and the Fortress Revelin. It represents the major treasury of cultural and art heritage in Dubrovnik.
The Dominicans settled here in 1225, but the church and the monastery were completed in the 14th century. The church of simple architectural design is one of the largest Gothic buildings on the east Adriatic coast. The portal on the southern side with a pointed Gothic arch is work of Bonino of Milano (1419). The interior is rich of sacral works of art of high value, made predominately by the local artists. The 14th century painted crucifix is work of Venetian painter Paolo Veneziano, and the altarpiece of St. Magdalena is work of Titian and his assistants from 1550.
As you exit the eastern end of the Stradun and turn left onto Ulica sv. Dominika, you will quickly come upon a stairway with a marvelous carved stone balustrade. This leads to the entrance of the Dominican Monastery. The church was built in 1315 and, of course, like much of the rest of Dubrovnik, was rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake. The monastery was apparently built into the northern city wall to provide extra mass to the structure.
Intro Photo: These stairs and the stone balustrade lead to the entrance. It is said that the spaces between the balusters were filled in to prevent prying eyes from below from peeking up the ladies' skirts as they ascended the stairs
Photo 2: Another sunlit colonnade surrounds the cloister.
Photo 3: As Carol peers out from one of the enclosing arches, you will notice that the Cloister is above the grade of the colonnade.
Photo 4: This bougainvillea seems the perfect counterpoint for the monastery's stonework.
Photo 5: Yes, that is me in the orange shirt. At this point I'm thinking, "this is a pretty plain building". The walls of the church have little detail and the side altars and other ornamentation seem more appliqué than integral. The ornate crucifix is from 1358 by Veneziano.
The Dominican Monastery, which is located near the Ploce Gate, contains a number of interesting sights. These include a pretty courtyard, the church, and a small, but good art museum. The museum contains a painting by Titian, as well as a number of works by local masters from the 1400s, 1500s and 1600s.
The Dominican monastery is located at the most sensitive strategic point of the city. Its construction began in 1228. It was well protected abd by the 15th century that the monastery attained its present state, well integrated into the arrangement of the city walls by the Ploce gate. The Dominican church of Dubrovnik could also be considered the graveyard of its most famous dead.Notice in various places all over the church: in the nave, chapter, sacristy as well as the cloisters, are the graves of the noble families Crijević, Lukarević, Gradić, Gundulić and Đurđević, as well as the graves of notable craftsmen, goldsmiths, wool combers and weavers. I loved the graceful decorative arches around the courtyard most tof all and the well in the centre.
Dubbed the "the defense and salvation of the city," the Dominican Monastery was strategically built where you find it today; perfectly integrated into the arrangement of the city walls. Construction began in 1228, but it wasn't until the 15th century that it attained its present contours. It's church is also the graveyard for some of the city's most famous deceased noble families.
This is located at the east side of the town, near Ploce Gate entry. Construction started in 1225 for the monastery complex, but did not get completed until mid 1300's, and the monastery finally got the current shape in 15th century. It was a strategic point of defense of the town at early years, and the walls when built incorporated the church and monastery inside those walls. The portal looks Romanesque, and in 1419 a pointed arch was added. The cloister walkways and arches were constructed in 1456-83 time frame. The bell tower was started to be built in 1390, and it took 140 years to complete.
There is a Small museum that costs $4, or 20 kuna. It is very unworthy of the fee, but for the sake of the Nun there collecting money we went inside, and donated to the pot. There is only a couple of archaeological pieces and a few church statuettes.
The Dominican Monastery in Dubrovnik is located in the north eastern corner of the Old Town and is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture. The cloisters of the monastery are one of the most peaceful and picturesque parts of the Old Town where palm and orange trees are surrounded by the beautiful, Gothic arches of the cloisters The cloisters and monastery can be reached by climbing a set of stone steps leading up from Ul. Sv. Dominika. Most of the monastery was constructed in the 14th century with the more Romanesque looking bell-tower being completed in the mid 16th century.
The Dominican Church is incorporated into the Monastery Building and was built in 1315. However, like much of the Old Town, the building suffered considerable damage due to the 1667 earthquake but was restored in full. Also included in the monastic complex is the Dominican Library and Museum. The library was founded in the 13th century and contains some of Europe’s most important religious archives. The museum is another treasure trove for anyone interested in religious art and artefacts...not for me I’m afraid, but the gorgeous cloisters were definitely worth a look.
For a bird’s eye view of the monastery, look down onto its red roof from the northern walls and past its looming bell tower across to Lokrum Island.
This is the famous Dominican Friary church of Dubrovnik. Dated almost 700 years old it is also one of the buildings that damaged from the earthquake in 17th century. Today is it also interesting museum that if you have the time might be interesting to check it out.
Dubrovnik's Dominican Monastery dates from 1315. It was constructed on the city wall, to provide some protection. It contains priceless artwork by Croatian and Italian artists, and the relics of King Stephen I of Hungary. Of particular interest, the garden still has a working well from the 14th century, which came in handy during the long siege in the 1991 war.
Wherever you go in Dubrovnik, you will find deliciously carved stones. The rope-like columns of the doorway to the Cathedral are reminding of how much sailing was strongly linked with the history of Dubrovnik.
This close up on the carved portal of the cathedral allows appreciating better the neatness of the carving. There are so many different figures, big or small, that you can spend a good time, trying to identify each of them.