The Cloister of the Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik

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The Romanesque cloister of the Franciscan Monastery is one of the finest features of Dubrovnik’s architecture.

This magnificent 14th century creation of local sculptor Mihoje Brajkov consists of rows of elegant double-pillared columns encircling the Monastery’s inner courtyard.

Beside the similar one on Badija, also belonging to Franciscans, the cloister is considered as one of the most beautiful structures of that kind in Croatia.

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My favourite time to visit the cloister is either early morning or later in the afternoon when light is soft and mellow and the cloister is not as crowded as during the day. At that time the cloister becomes kind of unexpected oasis of tranquillity in the very heart of the Town.

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The row of columns around the Cloister

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Amazing details on the Capitels – see more photos and info about column capitals

If you are here, try not to miss Franciscan’s Old Pharmacy, which is also a part of the Monastery complex.

Old image of the Cloister:

Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik - Cloister

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Cloister in 1930s