Originally built in the 12th century, Dubrovnik Cathedral was destroyed in the 1667 earthquake that struck the city and rebuilt in the baroque style by Italian architects. The cathedral is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and its treasury contains gold and other artifacts dating to medieval times.The Basics
Dubrovnik Cathedral is ornate, with a facade of Corinthian columns and a colorful Titian triptych above the main altar. The treasury is filled to the brim with an eccentric collection of bones, limbs of St. Blaise encased in gold, and other relics from the 11th through 18th centuries, as well as many Italian paintings.
Private and small-group walking tours of Dubrovnik visit the Cathedral Treasury. Tours often also stop at other notable places around Dubrovnik’s Old Town, including Sponza Palace, Onofrio’s Fountain, the ancient city walls, Fort Revelin, and more.Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- The Dubrovnik Cathedral Treasury is a must-visit for history buffs.
- Photography is not allowed inside the treasury.
- Wear comfortable shoes to explore the cathedral and surrounding area.
- The treasury is accessible to wheelchair users.
The Cathedral Treasury is in Dubrovnik’s pedestrianized Old Town, so is accessible only on foot—though you can take a taxi to the Old Town. To simplify your visit, choose a tour that includes transportation to the Old City.When to Get There
Dubrovnik Cathedral Treasury is open to the public every day, except during Mass. Opening hours vary depending on the day and the season. For example, the cathedral closes at mid-day on summer weekdays, and opens later on weekends and holidays. No matter the day or season, arrive earlier to beat the crowds.The Reliquaries
The varied and eclectic reliquaries in the Dubrovnik Cathedral Treasury span centuries. Many are shaped like the relics they contain, with head-shaped reliquaries holding skulls, arm-shaped reliquaries holding arm bones, and so on. Also contained in the Treasury is a fragment of what is said to be the True Cross.