Franciscan Monastery, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Franciscan Monastery of Dubrovnik is slightly younger than the Dominican Monastery at the other end of town, having been started around 1317 (an older monastery existed outside the town walls). The bell tower dates to 1424, although the original Gothic spire came down in the 1667 earthquake.

The oldest surviving part of the Monastery is the beautiful cloister, dating to the mid-1300s.

A small museum is attached, containing the grisly reliquary of St. Ursula (her head), is most interesting for the Pharmacy, set up when the Monastery was founded in 1317 and said to be the oldest Pharmacy in Europe which is still functioning today.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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