The Franciscan Church and Monastery

The Franciscan Church and Monastery

The Franciscan Church and Monastery
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 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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  • Dick Z
    Bangkok, Thailand3,240 contributions
    Not worth a separate visit
    We just went to the monastery, that holds the oldest pharmacy. It is no more than a courtyard that you can walk around and a hall with the pharmacy objects and vessels. Nice but not for more than an brief visit and not worth paying 6 euros for. It is however included in the Dubrovnik pass, which has these extras for the same pass as when you buy only a ticket for the wall.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 2, 2023
  • nsander219
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom614 contributions
    Quiet Area
    Access can be gained as part of the Dubrovnik Card and as such worth visiting. Very peaceful within just off the street of mayhem! The cloisters are lovely, the old Pharmacy (no photos) interesting. Generally it will not take you long.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 4, 2023
  • AnnaN732013
    Stockholm, Sweden284 contributions
    Beautiful old building
    Beautiful old building, a peaceful oasis in the middle of Dubrovnik. Beautiful garden. The museum is not so much to see though, old pharmacy. And very small. But the building in itself is very nice, and the garden. A special mention to the very nice and humorous guy at the counter.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 27, 2023
  • Clare P
    Sevenoaks, United Kingdom30 contributions
    A wonderful part of the Old Town's history
    Very beautiful, calm, and cool. An interesting half hour to enjoy the courtyard and the old apothecary. We were lucky enough to see one of the monks appear at the Church steps (also a stunning and serene spot for a quiet moment of contemplation), feeding the pigeons who sat on his hands and his head - and he was very good-humored about it all!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • John A
    Belfast, United Kingdom1,518 contributions
    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
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 27, 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California2,011 contributions
    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
    Traveled solo
    Written January 17, 2024
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Mzungu Mbweha
8 contributions
Oct 2021 • Business
Like a lot of museums in Croatia, this one is tiny and overpriced. More annoying, the lady working the desk said the Dubrovnik card does not include this museum when the website clearly says it does.

Incompetent liars.
Written October 15, 2021
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irenekun2019
Bristol, UK19 contributions
Aug 2022
We visited the Old Pharmacy as one of the places included in the Dubrovnik Pass. I soon realised that without a tour guide we get much less out of this experience. We stained only about 15-20 minutes.
The collection of ceramic containers and tools used to process the herbs is in a room without further English text to read about the way the pharmacy worked back then. There were some old herbal medicine books in old German too.

I realise I was envisioning something of a modern way of presenting this like animations showing monks preparing medicine from herbs. As this was not the case I felt somewhat empty leaving this place.
Maybe if you read more in advance and look out for a guided tour which includes this site you can enjoy more this museum.
Written September 2, 2022
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CR2021Reviews
15 contributions
Apr 2022
I had expected so much more after having read about it online. Entry was covered under our Dubrovnik card but it is not expensive. That being said I would have been disappointed if I had paid full price. I expected an interesting exhibition about the pharmacy and its history but the display was largely religious paraphernalia and some paintings, there was very little by way of explanation and the context of the items and there was only one small section devoted to the pharmacy and its history but again the explanation was limited. The cloister is very beautiful and quite the oasis in the old city. We stopped into the pharmacy and purchased some of the gold and lavender cream but even when we asked the pharmacist about their usage I’d expected a bit more than” it’s for you face”. Our walking tour guide had at least armed us with a bit more information. In hindsight I wouldn’t have bothered visiting and you can access the pharmacy itself if you wish to purchase the cream without paying the entrance. I feels it’s a bit of a missed opportunity, there is a lot of history there and it could be so much more
Written April 25, 2022
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CPaM68
Texas660 contributions
Sep 2021
Most of the Franciscan Monastery was destroyed during an earthquake in 1667. One of the architectural elements that survived was a doorway on the south side of the Franciscan Monastery. The Pieta relief (In Italy the image of the Virgin Mary cradling the crucified Christ is called a Pietà) above the door was carved by Leonard and Petar Petrović in 1499. Dubrovnik was under the rule of the Republic of Venice from 1205 until 1358 but, even after it became a free state, Venetian art continued to influence the architecture. (PaM)
Written April 29, 2022
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MadamJosephine
Melbourne, Australia1,311 contributions
Oct 2022
I thought the cloisters here were much more evocative and beautiful than those at the Dominican Monastery. It was bombed during the Civil War and you can see the renewed capitals on the garden side of the cloisters The paintings are gorgeous and the ancient Pharmacy is a wonder. The only thing spoiling it is that the Cruise ship passengers get access which makes it crowded at times.
Written October 4, 2022
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David D
Devon, UK20,509 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Monday 13th June and we visited the amazing Old Town of Dubrovnik. We entered through the main entrance, Pile Gate and this old Church is located close to the Gate.

The black and white tiled aisle, flanked on either side by rows of wooden pews, leads visitors to the ornate altar. The main feature of the altar is a large marble statue of the resurrected Christ. It stands inside a marble arched frame flanked by two twisted marble columns. This dates back to 1713.

There are five side altars, along the walls of the Church, these were sculpted between 1684 and 1696. Not as large as the main altar but they are equally as elaborate but scaled down versions.

The Church was destroyed by the earthquake in 1667 and subsequently rebuilt. Keep an eye out for the ornate blue and white pulpit which survived the earthquake.

Numerous chandeliers hang from the ceiling with it's decorative plasterwork and a framed painting in the middle.

There are a number of paintings, depicting various holy people and religious scenes around the walls.

A small wooden confessional is alongside one of the side altars.

The famous poet, Ivan Gundulić, who was born in Dubrovnik, is buried in this church. There is a Statue of the Poet in Gundulic Square in the Old Town.

We did not have sufficient time to visit the cloisters, museum or the small old pharmacy but we did appreciate the grandeur of this beautiful old Church.
Written October 28, 2022
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK21,978 contributions
Jun 2022
This place has three main elements; the Cloister, The Museum and the Church. The Cloister is like an island of tranquility within the busy old town; peaceful gardens and old stone columns as well as the cleaned up frescos. Then you have the small museum which really is full of some lovely treasures including paintings, ceramics and religious artifacts. He you will see the ancient pharmacy the oldest still functioning in the world. After you finish here then its onto the lovely Baroque church itself, which is decorated with scrumptious carvings, statues and marble. All in all a paradise for Church lovers!
Written June 19, 2022
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John A
Belfast, UK1,518 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
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.
Written September 27, 2023
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania27,166 contributions
Jul 2022
A former franciscan monastery, now open to all visitors. One of the first landmarks that you find, once you enter the Old town through Pile Gate. There is not much to see. You can walk through the cloister and the small inner courtyard and visit the small museum with just a few cult objects . It is beautiful, but not out of the ordinary. The air is cooler under the arches of the cloister. You need about 30 minutes for the visit. The church is more interesting, very beautiful and rich decorated.
Written August 11, 2022
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AppleSauce
London, UK12 contributions
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 October 19, 2023
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