Top Museums and Religious Sights in Dubrovnik (Part 2)
Walking the streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, which is protected by UNESCO as World’s Cultural Heritage since 1979, you will feel that every corner, every building and every stone is telling a little piece of this amazing story, creating such a unique ambiance that will put this city among your favorite ones.
4. St. Saviour’s Church (Top Museums and Religious Sights in Dubrovnik)
Between the entrance to the Franciscan Monastery and the City Walls you can see the jewel of Dubrovnik Renaissance architecture, the St. Saviour’s Church. It was built as a votive church in 1520, after a strong earthquake. It miraculously survived the Great Earthquake of 1667. St. Saviour’s Church is the work of the local master Petar Andrijić from Korčula and today is used mostly as an exhibition hall or concert chamber.
5. St. Ignatius Church (Top Museums and Religious Sights in Dubrovnik)
You can reach the church via the beautiful 18th century Baroque stairs connecting Gundulić Square with the square of the great Dubrovnik physicist, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, diplomat, poet, theologian, Jesuit priest, Ruđer Bošković. They very much resemble Rome’s Spanish Steps. Designed by the Roman architect Pietro Passalacqua, the stairs lead to St. Ignatius Church, which is nearby Collegium Ragusinum, the renowned Jesuit school where several great scholars were educated. The Church of St. Ignatius – or the Jesuits, as the locals call it – is the work of the famous Jesuit architect and painter Andrea Pozzo. The interior has been decorated by the spanish artist Gaetano Garcia with Baroque frescoes presenting scenes from St. Ignatius΄ life. The Jesuit complex is considered to be the finest Baroque setting in Dubrovnik, thus, it is not surprising that theatre directors at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival often use this venue as an open-air stage.
6. St. Blaise Church (Top Museums and Religious Sights in Dubrovnik)
The Church of St. Blaise, the patron saint of the city of Dubrovnik, was designed by Marino Gropelli. It has existed in its current state since 1715. Its terrace with a balustrade and a staircase reveals the influence of the Venetian Baroque style. On the main altar there is a gilded silver statue of St. Blaise, allegedly the only artifact that survived the devastating fire from 1706. St. Blaise has been the benefactor of Dubrovnik since 972. Ever since, he is being celebrated in a huge procession every year on February 3rd. This festivity is one of the most important events in the city and has recently been protected by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.