Croatia
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Sites
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik Cathedra
Franciscan Church
Dominican Monastery
Church of St Ignatius
 
Split
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of St               Domnius

Church of St Francis
 
Salona
Salona Ancient Site
 
Hvar
Dominican Monastery       and Church of             Saint Mark
 
Trogir
Cathedral of St                  Lawrence


Zadar

Cathedral of St Anastasia

Church of St Donatus



 
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Dubrovnik


Dubrovnik Cathedral

Dubrovnik Cathedral is officially known as the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and dates back to the 12th century, although the remains of former cathedrals dating back to the 7th century have been found beneath the current one. Richard the Lionheart is said to have provided the money for its construction as a way of thanking God for his survival following his being shipwrecked off Dubrovnik in 1192 on his return from the Third Crusade. The current cathedral was built between 1673 and 1713, following the previous cathedralís destruction in an earthquake in 1667.  READ MORE


Church of St. Francis
(Franciscan Church)

The Church of St Francis with its tall bell tower is part of a complex which also includes a monastery, library and a pharmacy. Located in the main street (Stradun) near the entrance gate, it dates back to the 14th century, although an earlier monastery existed just outside the gate in the 13th century. The church was destroyed in then rebuilt following the great earthquake of 1667.  READ MORE



Dominican Monastery
Dominican_MonasteryThe Dominican Monastery in Dubrovnik was established in 1225 and consists of a number of buildings which make up the religious complex. The church was constructed in the 14th century with the vestry, chapter house and cloister being added in the 15th century. It contains a large Crucifix dating from the 14th century which stands over 16 feet high and is one of the largest crucifixes in Europe. Within the complex is a museum containing many valuable artefacts, and paintings and a library with over 200 manuscripts. READ MORE



Church of St Ignatius

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Church of St Ignatius, Dubrovnik dates back to the beginning of the 18th century and formed part of the Jesuit College which was to become the Dubrovnik University. Baroque in design it is located at the top of the large staircase leading from the cityís main thoroughfare.   Consisting of a single nave with a number of side chapels beautifully decorated with frescoes it also contains man-made caves dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.  READ MORE






Split


Dioletian's Palace
 
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Located in the heart of the city of Split, the palace complex was constructed in preparation for the retirement of Roman Emperor Diocletian in 305 AD. The location was chosen by Diocletian as he was born, and spent his childhood, nearby in the town of Solin. He lived in the palace for the last 10 years of his life dying in 316.   READ MORE



Cathedral of St Domnius


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Located in the centre of Diocletianís Palace in the heart of Split, the Cathedral of St Domnius was originally the Mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (284-316) who died in Split in 316. 
Octagonal in plan, the Mausoleum was constructed of large stone blocks to a height of 24 metres. The walls were 2.75 metres thick and it was surrounded by 28 granite and marble columns which were brought from Greek and Egyptian temples. READ MORE
 


Church of St Francis


The Church of St Francis was built by the Franciscan friars when they arrived in Split in the 13th Century at the site of the grave of St Felix, whose remains are held in the main altar of the church.  Having been demolished a couple of times over the years the current church was built in the early 20th century.  READ MORE





Salona

Salona Ancient Site 

SalonaThe ruins of the ancient city of Salona is one of the most important archaeological sites in Croatia. Dating back to the 2nd century BC the city was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and at its height, had a population of 60,000 people, making it one of the largest cities in the Roman empire. READ MORE






Hvar

Dominican Monastery and Church of Saint Mark

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The Dominican Monastery and Church of Saint Mark is located near the waterfront and close to St Stevenís Square in the heart of Hvar.
From the 13th to the 18th centuries Hvar was part of the Venetian Empire.  It was an important naval base and had a strong fortress, encircling town walls, and a protected port.  The walls still survive, as do many of the fine houses and public buildings from the Venetian period. READ MORE








Trogir

Cathedral of St Lawrence 

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The Cathedral of St. Lawrence is located in the historic centre of Trogir and dates in its current form back to the 12th century. Incorporating a number of architectural styles, it contains some fine architectural, sculptural and artistic works including the highly ornate Romanesque Portal by the local architect and sculptor Master Radovan.  READ MORE










Zadar

Cathedral of St. Anastasia 

Although the current Cathedral of St. Anastasia dates from the 12th and 13th centuries, it developed on the site of a Christian basilica constructed during the 4th and 5th centuries. Originally dedicated to St Peter, it changed to Saint Anastasia when it received her remains in the 9th century. A sarcophagus was commissioned for her remains, which are held in the cathedral.  READ MORE





Church of St Donatus

Constructed in the 8th/9th century on part of the Roman forum, the Church of Donatus is the largest pre-Romanesque church in Croatia.  Circular in shape, which was typical of the early medieval age churches in Dalmatia, it stands 27 metres high. It ceased to be used as a church in the 14th century and was used as a warehouse, a use it was also put to in the 19th and 20th centuries. Today it is used as a concert venue. READ MORE




 

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