Church and Monastery of St. Frances

Church and Monastery of St. Frances, Split

Church and Monastery of St. Frances

Church and Monastery of St. Frances
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Jajadingdong
Split, Croatia48 contributions
Exploring
Jul. 2020 • Family
Would love to know more about the prehistory of these sights. Alas my Latin and Croatian are not up to the mark.
Written 26 July 2020
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Karin and Filip
Eeklo, Belgium2,172 contributions
Sveti Frane
Dec. 2018
The Church and Monastery were built on an old early Christian site (the grave of St Felix).
The Church has a Gothic painting by Blaž Juraj of Trogir(15th century) and the sarcophagus depicting the Crossing over the Red sea.
The Franciscan monastery (next to the church) has an opulent library with over 3000 books.
The Church and the Monastery have tombs of prominent citizens of Split like the one of Marko Marulić (father of Croatian literature)
It is located on the Western part of the Riva.
Written 13 October 2019
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FrankNamibia
Walvis Bay, Namibia775 contributions
Very old
Sep. 2019 • Couples
It seems this is another building from around 300 BC. Used as church and monastery over the centuries, it is quite unobtrusive. However, its setting at the end of the waterfront and the flowers in front of it do make it attractive.
Written 28 September 2019
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DaisyChain12
Hitchin, UK1,498 contributions
Old church at far end of harbour
Aug. 2019 • Couples
We popped in here while enjoying all the sights in Split.
It is quite small and reading the sign on the harbour front near it , has been re-built a few times.
The modern stain glass windows contrast with the old early 15th century painted crucifix and tombstones of eminent people of Split are interesting to find out about. Worth a quick visit.
Written 9 August 2019
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Peaceful church and cloisters near the harbor
Oct. 2018 • Solo
The Church and the Monastery of St Francis is on the west side of Riva harbor. The church occupies an early Christian site, the grave and (small) Church of St Felix, a martyr from Diocletian's time. Franciscan friars arrived in the early 13th century and established the monastery. In the 15th century the monastery was demolished by town authorities and the building materials used to construct a defensive tower against the Turks. The friary was later rebuilt, once again demolished in the late 19th century, and then rebuilt to its current appearance in the early 20th century. The church interior features a Gothic crucifix painted by Blaž Juraj of Trogir (early 15th century) and a statue of St. Francis is under the canopy above the main alter. Four side altars contain a couple paintings of note: the Immaculate Virgin Mary by Palma Junior, and St. Anthony by Ferdinand Schumann or by Jurij Pavlović Fontana. Next to the church is the Franciscan monastery with a 13th century cloister and a library with over 3000 books, some dating from the 16th century. Prominent citizens of Split, such as Marko Marulić, fra Ivan Marko Lukačić and Ante Trumbić (sarcophagus by Ivan Meštrović) are buried in the church or the monastery. The cloister is a peaceful place, with a covered porch, Gothic columns and a well. In the porch walls are fragments of plaques mentioning notable citizens; of particular interest is a plaque commemorating the sacrifice of Fra Leon and his brothers who died while tending the sick during the plague in 1607. The church is open from Mon-Tue and Thu-Fri 10.30am-noon, 5pm-6.30pm - closed Wed, weekends and holidays. There is no entrance fee, although a donation is appreciated.
Written 11 February 2019
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Matthew P
London, UK3,688 contributions
Tranquil
Sep. 2018 • Couples
The church and monastery is not that big, the cluster is the best part free to enter with candles to buy and light.

Light a candle and say a little prayer. Or sit in the cloister and let your troubles float away.
Written 14 September 2018
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Gillian C
Caerphilly, UK92 contributions
Peaceful place
Sep. 2018 • Couples
This restored Franciscan monastery is a peaceful place to sit and contemplate away from the bustle of the town. It is free to enter and has beautiful modern stained glass windows. A tranquil small cloister area is nice to walk around. A brief stop for some peace and quiet.
Written 6 September 2018
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elindoo
Stuart, FL2,228 contributions
Light a candle in this very old treasure
Jun. 2018 • Couples
Very old church, very basic church but worth a quick visit, if nothing else to light a candle and perhaps a little prayer.
Written 28 June 2018
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Gospinica
Splitska, Croatia13 contributions
Franciscan Treasure
May 2018
A peaceful historic monastery at the end of the busy Riva promenade is a must sea. There is no charge for walking through the beautiful courtyard with many interesting pictures and artifacts. The church is full of beautiful paintings and exquisite marble alter. You hear it's Bella ring throughout the day.
Written 28 May 2018
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Ana
Moscow, Russia371 contributions
Lovely Franciscan church with a tower and an old Monastery. Valuable sacral Roman and Baroque works.
Nov. 2016 • Couples
This beautiful kept church is very close to the waterfront (Riva) and to the Republic Square (Prokurative). It keeps very valuable and beautiful works of religious art from the Roman period such as a sarcophagus depicting the crossing of the Red Sea and a Gothic Crucifix from the beginning of the 15th century. Additionally to the main altar, there are four side altars adorned with Baroque paintings. Next to the church, the Franciscan monastery has a rich library with about 3,000 works, some of which date back in the 16th century. Nice place. Great location. You will enjoy a nice visit and later, a very pleasant walk around it. Recommended. Worth it.
Written 2 March 2017
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