Top Museums and Religious Sights in Dubrovnik (I)
Dubrovnik is one of the first locations that come to one’s mind when thinking about Croatia and is one of the most visited travel destinations on the Croatian coastline.
1. Museum of Modern Arts (Top Museums and Religious Sights in Dubrovnik)
The Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik was founded in 1945. The structure, which is now a museum, was initially designed and built (1935-1939) as the residential villa of a ship-owner from Dubrovnik, Božo Banac. In 1948 it was transformed into a museum. It was designed by the well-known croatian architects Lavoslav Horvat and Harold Bilini in the neo-Renaissance-Gothic style. Together with the large terraces looking on to the sea and its garden, the Museum has over nine hundred square meters of interior and over one thousand square meters of exterior exhibition space. Concentrating its interest on artwork from the times of world-famous painter Vlaho Bukovac until now, the Museum managed to acquire a valuable collection with more than 2000 paintings, sculptures, graphic art and drawings over more than 60 years of its existence. The collection is divided into three different parts: regional, national and international, and it contains the work of nearly every influential local and national painter, sculptor and graphic artist.
2. Orthodox Church (Top Museums and Religious Sights in Dubrovnik)
The Serbian Orthodox Church of Saint Annunciation from the late 19th century is located at Stradun΄s southern parallel street – Od Puča. The church is built in ornamental neo-byzantine style and stands out from the surrounding architecture, being located in a small, narrow street with many souvenir shops, jewelry shops and galleries. A museum with valuable icons is located just a few doors down on Od Puča 8 Street, with Balkan and Russian icons from various centuries.
3. Jewish Quarters and The Synagogue (Top Museums and Religious Sights in Dubrovnik)
In 1546 Dubrovnik Republic allowed the Jewish community to settle within the city walls. This officially marks the establishing of the Jewish Ghetto in Zudioska Street. In 1652, one of the buildings was transformed into a synagogue. Its interior, which was designed in Baroque style, has been well preserved till today, with slight changes. This structure is one of the first synagogues in Europe. At the first level of the building you will find a museum with a huge number of artifacts, religious objects and archive documents like The Torah – which dates between the 13th and 17th centuries, and stands as witness to Dubrovnik’s Jewish Community’s history throughout six centuries. Besides the Synagogue, the Dubrovnik Jewish Community has its own cemetery at Boninovo and a small Jewish fountain at Pile.