The Franciscan Monastery is one of the few buildings in Dubrovnik that survived the devastating earthquake of 1667. Bordered by late-Romanesque arcades, the monastery’s inner courtyard provides a quiet reprieve from Dubrovnik’s bustling Old Town. The monastery houses a small religious museum as well as one of Europe’s oldest working pharmacies.
Most sightseeing and walking tours of Old Town Dubrovnik include a visit to the Franciscan Monastery and Museum along with other notable landmarks such as Rector’s Palace, the Cathedral of the Assumption, and Orlando’s Column. Small-group and private tours offer a deeper understanding of the site’s architecture and history. Whether you’re with a tour or an independent visitor, you can stroll through the gardens, admire the 14th-century cloister, and explore the pharmacy and monastery museums.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Franciscan Monastery is a must-see for all first-time visitors to Old Town Dubrovnik.
- The monastery courtyards and gardens offer a peaceful break from the busy streets of Old Town. .
- An admission fee is required to enter the monastery and the museum, but entrance to the church is free.
- The Franciscan Monastery is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
How to Get There
The Franciscan Monastery and Museum is located in the western section of Old Town Dubrovnik, adjacent to the city’s famous walls. Access the monastery via a narrow path from St. Savior's Church at the very beginning of Old Town’s main street, Stradun, near the main gate.
When to Get There
Less visited than other Old Town Dubrovnik attractions, the Franciscan Monastery and Museum is open daily and offers a peaceful break from the busy streets of Dubrovnik. The monastery can be visited year-round, but has reduced visiting hours during the winter months.
The Franciscan Monastery Pharmacy Museum
Founded in 1317, the Franciscan Monastery Pharmacy is the third-oldest operating pharmacy in the world. The pharmacy museum displays a fascinating array of old grinders, jars, and pharmaceutical tools dating back to the Ragusan era (1358–1808). Creams and tinctures made according to ancient Franciscan recipes are available for purchase.