Franciscan Monastery, Dubrovnik

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    Our Saviour Church & St Franciscan Monastery

    by spidermiss Updated Jun 25, 2011

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    Since the 14th Century this working monastery became the oldest working pharmacy in Europe. The monastery is access via St. Saviour's church's narrow passage. The building is designed in a Romansque combined Renaissance style following the building alterations over the centuries because of earthquakes. The monastery complex consists of a Romansque cloister, bell tower, a 15th century well, a museum, an important library where ancient writings and music manuscripts are kept, a baroque church, and bell tower.

    The monastery opens between 9.00am to 6.00pm

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    Franciscan monastery

    by tpk2 Written May 28, 2007

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    The monastery and it's bell tower

    Franciscan monastery is one of the numerous things to see on the Milicevic Square and the other of the two monasteries in Dubrovnik old town. It stands at the northeast corner of the square, right next to Church of St. Savior.

    The monastery was built during the 14th and 15th century. Inside the monastery is the tomb of the famous Ragusan poet Ivan Gundulic, the Romanesque-Gothic cloister and the third oldest pharmacy in Europe, founded in 1317.

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    The Franciscan Monastery

    by aukahkay Updated Sep 27, 2010

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    The Franciscan monastery is situated at the very beginning of the Stradun to the left of the Pile Gate. The earliest monastery was built in the 13th century in the Pile area. Within the monastery is the world's oldest pharmacy founded in 1317. There is also a rich collection of more than 20,000 valuable books including old manuscripts.

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    Small but interesting

    by jlanza29 Written Oct 20, 2013

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    As soon as you enter the old city thru the Pile Gate the entrance is to the left .... can't miss it ... Admission price is 30 kuna's and we took about 30 minutes to see the religious artifacts they have. Well worth the visit.

    The large complex of the Franciscan monastery is situated at the very beginning of Placa, to the left of the inner Pile Gate, next to the Holy Savior Church. The lateral facade of the monastery church runs along the principal street of Dubrovnik, and the monastery spreads north along the walls as far as the tower Minčeta.

    The Franciscan order arrived in Dubrovnik around 1234. The first Franciscan monastery was built in the 13th century in the Pile area on the spot what is today Hotel Hilton Imperial.

    However as the City was threatened with war, in 1317, decision was made to demolish that monastery (Franciscan Monastery of St. Thomas) to prevent its use by the enemy in the eventual case that the City might be besieged.
    The new monastery inside the City walls (Friars Minor monastery) was constructed the same year, in 1317, but the work on the monastery continued throughout centuries.

    Today the Friars Minor pharmacy is the third oldest functioning pharmacy in the entire world. Since 1938, when the idea of a pharmacy museum was realized in the Franciscan monastery, curios visitors may enjoy the wonderful exhibits from the history of this noble trade.

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    Franciscan Monastery

    by nsbm Updated Nov 12, 2006

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    Definitely a must see. Here houses some of the old religious and modern treasures of the city. The interior courtyard is breathtaking ....even with bullet holes carefully labelled from the recent civil war!!!!!!!
    The patron St Blasius is above the main entrance but the alleyway between Saviors and the monastery serves as the museum portal. The interior cloister is renaissance & full of 'life'
    Like most buildings in the city this one was damaged by the great earthquake of 1667...but they did a good job of quickly reconstructing it soon after...I couldnt tell it was 'new'!

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    The Franciscan Monastery

    by Madlena Updated Sep 3, 2004

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    Not so quiet and empty today

    This monastery is famous for the oldest drug store and its museum.
    It wasn't allowed to take pictures there. Never mind. Nothing so much interesting.
    For me the most beautiful place in this monastery is patio ( viridarium).
    Can you imagine a lonely monk walking in this part of monastery? Can you imagine silence and its beauty in the old times?
    I think I could relax in such a place and it is perfect for concentration and consideration.
    It is possible to feel a peace of mind in such a place.

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    Dominican Friary

    by antistar Updated Nov 21, 2010
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    Some of the most pleasant architectural work in the city can be found on the Domincan Friary, a short walk up the hill from the harbour. A statue of St. Dominic welcomes you from above the arch of the monastery door set between two slender balustrades and above a semi-circle of stairs. Inside you'll find a shady cloister and a cool garden watered by a 14th century well.

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    Franciscan Monastery and Pharmacy

    by Airpunk Written Aug 24, 2013
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    The first monastery on this spot was founded in 1234, but had to be destroyed during in 1317. It was located too close to the gate and it was feared that the enemy would use it as a fortress. When the siege ended in the same year, the construction of the present building complex started. Though it was damaged in the 1667 earthquake, it survived in a better shape than other buildings and most Romanesque and Gothic features were preserved.

    For 30 kuna (2013), you can visit the ground floor which includes the pharmacy, an exhibition which deals with the monastery and Dubrovnik's history in general, the old cloister (from 1360) and a garden. The neighbouring Franciscan church (see separate tip) can be visited for free. Please keep in mind that this is a working monastery and not a museum - which means that not all areas are accessible to the public (or only upon previous appointment). This includes an important book collection comprising over 20 000 books from several centuries.
     
    The pharmacy in the Franciscan Monastery is one of the oldest (third oldest by some sources) consecutively running in Europe - though it is not in its original place any more as it has been moved within the building. The original pharmacy is now the museum and the current one is located close to the entrance. The pharmacy museum in its present form opened in 1938. Explanations on the pharmacy items is limited, but available in English and Croatian. Plan around 45 to 60 minutes for monastery and pharmacy museum.

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    Franciscan Church

    by Airpunk Written Aug 24, 2013
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    From outside, there is little to see beside some Gothic ornaments above the entrance doors. These portals are the only medieval remains of the church and were made in 1498.  Inside, however, you will find a church which can easily compete with the Cathedral and St. Blaise's church in terms of Baroque interiors. Like those two mentioned churches, the original building was damaged in the great earthquake of 1667 and was rebuilt in the fashion of its era - Baroque. It was completed in the early 18th century. The tomb of Ivan Gundulic (17th century poet, known from the 50 kuna bill) is located in this church. Note also the splendid marble 17th century altar.

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    the church of the Savior & Franciscan Monastery

    by nsbm Updated Nov 12, 2006
    little Savior's Church and the big old Monastery

    the small church was built in 1528 by the Senate -made up of patricians the political wealthy and landed gentry-it was done ingratititude for the city being saved from destrution by the earthquake of 1520. it also survived the bigger shake of 1667

    The franciscan monastery built in the 1300s houses the orlds third oldest functioning pharmacy established in1317. Additionally it has a similarly famous collection of works in its reknowned library

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