Dominican Monastery, Dubrovnik, Croatia

One of two major monasteries in Dubrovnik, the Dominican one predates the Franciscan one by a few decades. It was started around 1307 and because it's position jutted up against the town walls the Friars were granted money and men from the town for the building as long as some effort was made to making it useful for the fortifications.

Both the monasteries sported massive Gothic spires up until the 1667 earthquake which destroyed so much of Dubrovnik. The Domincan Monastery was rebuilt afterwards and a grand staircase was added to the entrance. This has a balustrade running down one side, apparently to stop young boys walking in the street from looking up the skirts of young girls walking up the steps.

Adjoining the Monastery is a museum with a number of interesting exhibits and works of art by local artists.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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