Dubrovnik is a natural choice for visitors to Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. But the UNESCO-listed city isn’t the only Dalmatian destination worth your time. Consider taking a day trip to explore the region’s historical remains, scenic islands, and hideaway coves.
Franciscan Church and Monastery
Placa 2 (The Stradun), Old Town, Dubrovnik
Most sightseeing and walking tours of Old Town Dubrovnik include a visit to the Franciscan Church and Monastery 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 Church and 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 Church and Monastery 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 Church and Monastery 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.
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