Church of Saint Blaise
Church of Saint Blaise
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  • SnowyShasta
    Portland, Oregon2,309 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small church off of Luza Square
    This church is dedicated to Saint Blaise, who is the patron saint of Dubrovnik. It's fairly small, and just off Luza Square, near the Bell Tower and Orlando Column. After a hot and crowded walk down the Stradun, we enjoyed stepping into this church, which was cool and not very crowded, and sitting down to enjoy the relative quiet as we looked around to appreciate the fairly ornate altar. We only stayed about 10 minutes, but it was a lovely refuge and we enjoyed seeing it.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • dese2
    Auburn, New York3,256 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another church with local significance
    A Baroque Church in honor of the patron saint of Dubrovnik. This church is just at the far end of the Stradun at Luza Square. It was locked when we first arrived, so we went elsewhere - there is much more to see. We returned to a nun just coming up the front steps with a key. She opened the door and invited us indoors. The church was totally empty of people, so we looked around and sat a bit in the cool. It has some good art to see and the usual for a church. Look up the story of St. Blaise and why he is the patron saint of Dubrovnik to appreciate this spot.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 26, 2023
  • CatharineB
    Ottawa, Canada1,627 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth Seeing
    The present day church stands on the spot of an earlier Romanesque structure destroyed in the earthquake of 1667. Church of Saint Blaise was rebuilt in the Baroque style between 1706 and 1714 by the Venetian architect and sculptor Marino Gropelli (1662¬-1728) on the foundations of the badly damaged Romanesque medieval church. He modeled the Church on Sansovino’s Venetian church of San Maurizio. The church has a wide staircase and terrace that is a popular place to sit and watch the world go by, or to just wait until the church reopens in the afternoon. On top of the façade is a semicircular gable and a balustrade with three statues and a free standing statue of Saint Blaise (in the middle). Dedicated to the patron saint of Dubrovnik, St Blaise has been honoured from the 10th century. According to legend, St Blaise saved the people of Dubrovnik when the Venetians anchored their ships in front of the Island of Lokrum. The people of Dubrovnik believed the Venetians’ assurances that they would leave after they were supplied with food and drink. The Venetians used the opportunity to see the sights and observed the weaknesses in the City’s defenses and prepared for a nighttime attack. St Blaise revealed the Venetians’ intentions to a parish priest in a dream who alerted the authorities giving them time to prepare for the attack. The predication came true and the city was saved. The priest described St Blaise as an old grey-haired man with a long beard, a bishop’s cap and a stick in his hand. Precisely the way his statues look like all over Dubrovnik, and always holding a model of the city in his left hand. After climbing the steps to reach the interior, we found the barrel vaulted interior to be richly decorated in Baroque style. There were various art objects on display, some of them saved from the earlier damaged church. The main altar, in a combination of white and polychrome marble, shows in a high niche a precious, gilt silver Gothic statue of Saint Blaise, crafted in the 15th century by an unknown local master. The saint carries a scale model of the Romanesque church which was destroyed by the earthquake in 1667 in his left hand. He is flanked by two kneeling angels. There was a devastating fire in 1706 which badly damaged the church, everything disappeared in flames, apart from this silver statue of St Blaise, which was saved by some miracle. The beautiful Baroque church is well worth a visit – and it’s free.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 8, 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,973 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Contains the body of the incorrupt Saint Silvan.
    This is a very beautiful church along the Stradun – the main walkway in old town Dubrovnik. The altar is amazingly beautiful with statues of white angles and red marble and the gold enclosure of a number of pictures and then the chandelier. The most amazing, blessed sight is the incorrupt body of St. Silvan. When we visited, we thought it was a statue, but instead, it is his actual body. I later read online that St. Silvan was martyred around 300-350AD, which means his body has been incorrupt for approx. 20 centuries which is amazing! Regardless of your beliefs, this church is worth a visit. When we were there, the church was closed most of the day and I had checked back multiple times to try and find it open. I was told by a local that the best time to check would be approx. a half hour before Mass and that is what we did. (I seem to recall that that was approx. around 5:30, before the 6pm daily Mass.)
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 17, 2024
  • Ann C
    Nashville, Tennessee3,304 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Church of Saint Blaise
    A Baroque church located inside the old town walls. Highlight-silver statue of St Blaise, the only one to not be destroyed in the fire of 1706. Many tour groups appeared to have scheduled private masses for their group. During a mass you can not enter.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 21, 2024
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA9,550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
The church built in a Baroque style. A large staircase leads to the ornamented main portal and a large dome decorates the roof of the church.

The interior of the church is furnished in great detail with impressive marble altar. The center piece of the main altar is a gothic statue of St. Blasius in gold plated silver from 15th century.
Written October 21, 2021
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,973 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is a very beautiful church along the Stradun – the main walkway in old town Dubrovnik. The altar is amazingly beautiful with statues of white angles and red marble and the gold enclosure of a number of pictures and then the chandelier. The most amazing, blessed sight is the incorrupt body of St. Silvan. When we visited, we thought it was a statue, but instead, it is his actual body. I later read online that St. Silvan was martyred around 300-350AD, which means his body has been incorrupt for approx. 20 centuries which is amazing! Regardless of your beliefs, this church is worth a visit. When we were there, the church was closed most of the day and I had checked back multiple times to try and find it open. I was told by a local that the best time to check would be approx. a half hour before Mass and that is what we did. (I seem to recall that that was approx. around 5:30, before the 6pm daily Mass.)
Written January 18, 2024
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,309 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This church is dedicated to Saint Blaise, who is the patron saint of Dubrovnik. It's fairly small, and just off Luza Square, near the Bell Tower and Orlando Column. After a hot and crowded walk down the Stradun, we enjoyed stepping into this church, which was cool and not very crowded, and sitting down to enjoy the relative quiet as we looked around to appreciate the fairly ornate altar. We only stayed about 10 minutes, but it was a lovely refuge and we enjoyed seeing it.
Written September 22, 2023
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Ann C
Nashville, TN3,304 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
A Baroque church located inside the old town walls.

Highlight-silver statue of St Blaise, the only one to not be destroyed in the fire of 1706.

Many tour groups appeared to have scheduled private masses for their group. During a mass you can not enter.
Written May 21, 2024
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JRMADA
United States3,326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a cute church inside and out. It is usually open from 8:00 to about 17:30ish… This one is popular with the tourist as it is on the main street of Old Town. We went at opening hour and took pics without interference. Worth a visit for sure.
Written October 12, 2022
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dese2
Auburn, NY3,256 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A Baroque Church in honor of the patron saint of Dubrovnik. This church is just at the far end of the Stradun at Luza Square. It was locked when we first arrived, so we went elsewhere - there is much more to see. We returned to a nun just coming up the front steps with a key.
She opened the door and invited us indoors. The church was totally empty of people, so we looked around and sat a bit in the cool.
It has some good art to see and the usual for a church. Look up the story of St. Blaise and why he is the patron saint of Dubrovnik to appreciate this spot.
Written November 26, 2023
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Roslyn138
Wrexham, UK1,124 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This is a small church just off the main street leading to the port area. A plain exterior built in 1715, dedicated to the patron saint o Dubrovnik St Blaise. Its worth a visit - just to get away from the crowds in the main street . You can sit and admire the marble altar and the baroque decorations.
Written June 19, 2023
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Abovetheclouds
2,062 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
You can't miss this. Centrally located and one of the main attractions. Pay attention to the little gold statue inside. Opening times are strange. If you see it open, just go!
Written May 31, 2021
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania34,400 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
One of the imposing churches in the old town. Beautiful, but not out of the ordinary. The facade, rather simple, as well as the interior. worth a 10 minute visit. Free to visit, no entry fee. The area is very crowded.
Written July 18, 2022
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niki101
London, UK764 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
This is a beautiful church with notable Baroque decorations which make it a nice place to sit and enjoy the quiet atmosphere. However, it has very strict opening hours so if you want to see more of it, check for its opening times.

The guide book that I had with me was saying that on the main altar of this church there is a silver statue of St Blaise from 15th century holding a model of the city which shows what it looked like before the Great Earthquake in 1667. This was the only statue in the church to survive the disaster in fact. I wanted to see this statue but was not sure where exactly to look at. One of the statues looked like the one I was looking for but it didn’t seem to be a silver one. It had more yellow (or gold) colour so I was not sure whether that was the right one. It could have been gold-plated silver. The church was just about to be closed and the nun who obviously was in charge of opening hours was not happy to help when I asked her. She was focused only on one thing - to close the church. I understand, rules are rules, and the church should be closed at noon precisely. However, at least there should be more explanation notes at the place itself. No one should rely on the guide books only. Moreover, this statue is one the most valuable works of art in the long history of Dubrovnik and as such, it is of interest.

Another (even more) noteworthy church in the Old Town of Dubrovnik is the Church of St Ignatius (or the Jesuit Church). It is open all day and is notable for its magnificent frescoes.
Written July 17, 2013
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