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Franciscan Monastery

Placa 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Ranked #23 of 60 attractions in Dubrovnik
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Type: Architectural Buildings, History Museums, Religious Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Description: This 14th-century church and monastery contains a pharmacy museum and a world-renowned collection of ancient manuscripts.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

You can pay to go inside, but not worth it even though it is pretty cheap. Interesting but not a wow destination. Keep walking as there are plenty of other sites you will need to spend time to see in this area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Includes the oldest working pharmacy in Europe. The beautiful cloisters & courtyard have good photo opportunities but do not take photo’s in the pharmacy. Admission 30kn

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My friend and I are pharmacists and went to the monastery to see the oldest continuously working pharmacy in the world. The entry fee is only about $5USD but it's pretty lame inside. You can only take pictures in the cloister area and the history of the pharmacy is only one wall inside a small museum. There were no descriptions... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Enjoyed a couple of hours here during our visit to Croatia. The courtyard was beautiful and made for some great pictures between the flowers, the interesting architecture, and the interplay of light with the stone. The pharmacy isn't huge, but it's interesting to visit and think about how medicine has (or hasn't!) evolved since the pharmacy was built. There are... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Situated just to the left of the inner Pile gate, it is easy to miss. It is lovely and cool inside, and very peaceful. There is not a great deal to see, but is still interesting. It houses the world's oldest working pharmacy, 700 years old. See http://www.dubrovnikcity.com/dubrovnik/attractions/franciscan_monastery.htm for a lot more info. The entrance fee was kn30, not very... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The only reason to go here is the paucity of sites in the old city. Frankly, another hot cocoa in one of the cafes would have been a far superior experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Generally good condition ( restoration underway when we were there May 20kun but a pleasant cloister and great adjoining church fee was 30 kuna

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Dubrovnik has so many places to visit and one of them was the Franciscan Monastery. To me the highlight was the cloister. Another interesting part was the exhibition of the old pharmacy. The Titian painting was beautiful, and there were other several pieces of art in the expositions, mainly metal work

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The Old Pharmacy is located in the Franciscan Monastery which is on the left hand side just through the Pile Gate. The Pharmacy was used by the Franciscan monks to treat the brothers as well as the citizens of Dubrovnik. It is considered to be the oldest Pharmacy in Europe and is worth a visit, if you are interested in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

The old pharmacy used by the Franciscans to treat their own brothers and also citizens, hundreds of years ago, is well worth seeing. The. Colourful ceramin pots and containers are still on the original shelves, alongside equipment for measuring and preparing herbs, drugs and potions. The cloister is a haven of peace, and the church is also worth a peep... More

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