The Franciscan Church and Monastery

The Franciscan Church and Monastery

The Franciscan Church and Monastery
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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This 14th-century church and monastery contains a pharmacy museum and a world-renowned collection of ancient manuscripts.
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  • John A
    Belfast, United Kingdom1,580 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting place
    Our guide took us into the cloisters in order to get out of the blazing sun for a while and to give our party a potted history of Dubrovnic. Although the city streets were rammed with people the cloisters were an oasis of coolness and calm, and gave us a much needed rest and boost in order to tackle the busy city again. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to see the pharmacy in any detail but if on independent travel this would be somewhere to spend some time.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 September 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,977 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful church and very interesting apothecary
    This is a beautiful church with a beautiful altar with a statue of Jesus (resurrected) between twirled granite columns, and a beautiful chandelier. Of course, it contains other beautiful paintings and statues as well, including of course a statue of St Francis holding baby Jesus. This church is well worth a visit. The old pharmacy is included with the Dubrovnik (wall) Pass and well worth a visit. Follow the sign to the Franciscan Monastery of the Friars Minor. You will reach a beautiful hallway and courtyard. The main attraction is the one room apothecary. While the old room apothecary is preserved, the Franciscan Monastery still serves as a local pharmacy. I read that the Monastery has served as an active pharmacy, uninterrupted since the year 1317, which is quite impressive! Also within the museum are other displays, such as a display of relics from a couple of Saints.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 January 2024
  • Joyce J
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1,160 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A small but interesting place to visit
    Another great place to visit, there is an entrance fee but if you've purchased the Dubrovnik Pass you get in here for free. It's located by the Pile Gate entrance where you join the Dubrovnik Walls As you walk in you come across a walled garden which is tranquil and cooling from the heat of the day. Such a lovely contrast to the hustle of the old town. There are some exhibits of the clergyman's gowns & jewellery. There's an pharmacy exhibit here as well showing the layout to how it would have been. It's not very big but definitely worth visiting
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
  • Kavo85
    Dublin, Ireland999 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Holy Moly
    We popped in to see the monastery more so than the church as it came recommended. There is an emtrance fee though is covered on the Dubrovnik pass if you hold one. Its small enough and id say we spent about 20 mins wandering through. The cloisters are great to see and there is also some nice artwork across the courtyard. Strange number of “instagramers” set up doing little vids when we were there but it wasnt the only place. Little tip would be to visit in the afternoon when most tour groups have moved along because a lot go here first as its just inside Pile Gate. Church appeared closed (& tiny) each time we passed by.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 May 2024
  • babykong
    London, United Kingdom1,223 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Cloisters.
    Definitely worth visiting this beautiful Monastery. It was relatively quiet when I visited, and the peaceful atmosphere was very much appreciated. Equally interesting was the historical pharmacy artefacts on display, which were in fantastic condition.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 May 2024
  • Kate
    Somerset, United Kingdom728 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem
    Tucked away monastery in the old town could easily be missed. €6 entry gets you into a very picturesque tranquil and cool space, one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. To look around takes no more than about 30 mins. Highly recommend.and guy on reception is very informative.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2024
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Kate
Somerset, UK728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Couples
Tucked away monastery in the old town could easily be missed. €6 entry gets you into a very picturesque tranquil and cool space, one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. To look around takes no more than about 30 mins. Highly recommend.and guy on reception is very informative.
Written 9 July 2024
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David
Telford, UK297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
This was included in the Dubrovnik 7 day pass and was worth a visit. The building is beautiful and it has a small exhibit that has some very old pharmacy items on display, which was interesting.
Written 9 June 2024
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babykong
London, UK1,223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Definitely worth visiting this beautiful Monastery. It was relatively quiet when I visited, and the peaceful atmosphere was very much appreciated.

Equally interesting was the historical pharmacy artefacts on display, which were in fantastic condition.
Written 19 May 2024
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Kavo85
Dublin, Ireland999 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We popped in to see the monastery more so than the church as it came recommended. There is an emtrance fee though is covered on the Dubrovnik pass if you hold one. Its small enough and id say we spent about 20 mins wandering through. The cloisters are great to see and there is also some nice artwork across the courtyard. Strange number of “instagramers” set up doing little vids when we were there but it wasnt the only place.

Little tip would be to visit in the afternoon when most tour groups have moved along because a lot go here first as its just inside Pile Gate.

Church appeared closed (& tiny) each time we passed by.
Written 1 May 2024
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Joyce J
Liverpool, UK1,160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Another great place to visit, there is an entrance fee but if you've purchased the Dubrovnik Pass you get in here for free. It's located by the Pile Gate entrance where you join the Dubrovnik Walls
As you walk in you come across a walled garden which is tranquil and cooling from the heat of the day. Such a lovely contrast to the hustle of the old town. There are some exhibits of the clergyman's gowns & jewellery. There's an pharmacy exhibit here as well showing the layout to how it would have been.
It's not very big but definitely worth visiting
Written 22 April 2024
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Tamara M.
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
If you have bought Dubrovnik city day pass, then it is worth visiting, but if not, then it is not worth 15 eur entrance. A bit too high for what you get.
Written 1 April 2024
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,977 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is a beautiful church with a beautiful altar with a statue of Jesus (resurrected) between twirled granite columns, and a beautiful chandelier. Of course, it contains other beautiful paintings and statues as well, including of course a statue of St Francis holding baby Jesus. This church is well worth a visit.

The old pharmacy is included with the Dubrovnik (wall) Pass and well worth a visit. Follow the sign to the Franciscan Monastery of the Friars Minor. You will reach a beautiful hallway and courtyard. The main attraction is the one room apothecary. While the old room apothecary is preserved, the Franciscan Monastery still serves as a local pharmacy. I read that the Monastery has served as an active pharmacy, uninterrupted since the year 1317, which is quite impressive! Also within the museum are other displays, such as a display of relics from a couple of Saints.
Written 18 January 2024
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,634 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
In the middle ages, the monasteries in Dubrovnik flourished. We took advantage of the free entrance that came with our 3-day Dubrovnik City pass and visited at the end of the day to take advantage of getting away from the hordes of tourists (cannot complain as we too were tourists) and relax in the sun-dappled cloister – an oasis in the busy Old Town. We entered through the gap between the small church and monastery.

The Monastery dates back to the 14th century, but it was significantly damaged in the earthquake of 1667 and had to be rebuilt. The church was restored in the Baroque style and became one of the largest and most grandiose Franciscan monasteries.

Although the construction of the Monastery started in 1320, the beautiful south portal of the church was made much later, in 1498, by Ragusan sculptors’ brothers Leonard and Peter Petrović.

The Gothic Portal of Franciscan Monastery’s Church survived the earthquake of 1667. This fantastic portal is a Pieta which shows Virgin Mary holding her dead son Jesus on her knees. There are also sculptures of Saint Jerome and Saint John the Baptist.

Our guide explained that the monastery has two cloisters. The upper was built in the Renaissance style, with arches and semicircular vaults) while the lower cloister was built in the Romanesque-Gothic style with arches and double columns.

This magnificent 14th-century cloister, which was not damaged by the 1667 earthquake, was the creation of local sculptor Mihoje Brajkov. It consists of rows of elegant double-pillared columns encircling the Monastery’s inner courtyard. The capitals were all different, decorated with various plant, human and animal like figures.

I found the Romanesque cloister to be one of the finest features of the Franciscan Monastery and we took numerous pictures. Although we did not attempt to count all the columns, we were told that it had 120 columns and 12 massive pilasters.

I noticed that some of the portals inside the courtyard seemed to be made with a lighter coloured stone. These were the ones that were repaired after being hit during the 1991-1992 siege.

We also dropped by the Franciscan Monastery Museum which is located in the capitular room, next door to the old pharmacy. On display is a collection of a variety of religious art and artefacts that were once owned by the friars. The exhibits included an old library that contains some exceptional and very rare books.

In the far corner of the monastery stands its original medieval pharmacy, one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe.
Part of the Franciscan’s mission was to contribute to the good health of the citizens, so they opened this pharmacy in 1317 and has been in continuous operation ever since.

Mortars, measuring apparatus and beautifully decorated jars were among the exhibits.

Before leaving, we visited the small church which was constructed in Baroque style with a single nave. Surprisingly, it was largely empty.
The main altar with the statue of the resurrected Christ between four twisted marble columns was created by the sculptor Celia from Ancona in 1713.

The five side altars were sculpted by the Venetian Giuseppe Sardi between 1684 and 1696. The decorations on the altar of St. Francis were painted in 1888 by the painter Celestin Medovic. The poet Ivan Gundulić is buried in this church.

With the hustle and bustle of the streets of Dubrovnik, the visit to this monastery was a haven of peace.

Written 8 December 2023
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AppleSauce
London, UK25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We came to the museum and asked the gentleman at the ticket office how much the tickets were. He was busy watching something on his phone and ignored us. We asked again, he asked us if we are blind as ticket prices are written on the wall and continued mumbling, and when we were about to pay he refused to sell us tickets and turned us away. Bizarre experience, I have never seen anything like this before.
Written 19 October 2023
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CPaM68
Texas686 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
The Old Friars Pharmacy is inside the Franciscan Monastery which is located right by the Pile Gate as you enter the Old Town. One of the commandments of the Franciscan order was to take care of any sick brothers of the order as well as the citizen population of Dubrovnik. The pharmacy also provided a steady income flow to the order. Established in 1317, it is considered to be the oldest pharmacy in Europe and is currently the third oldest functioning pharmacy in the entire world. Since 1938, when the pharmacy museum opened, visitors have enjoyed the wonderful exhibits. You can see original items from the pharmacy, various pharmaceutical tools, medical implements, colorful ceramic pots, an extensive library of precious old books and manuscripts, and a collection of artwork. Remarkably, it is still a functioning Pharmacy and offers some products which are still made according to ancient Franciscan tradition. The skin cream products made from local wild herbs are very popular with tourists. (PaM)
Written 28 September 2023
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