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Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Dubrovnik)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary or Katedrala Marijina Uznesenja in Croatian is an old Roman Catholic Church in the Old Historic part of Dubrovnik. Current church was erected on a site of a basilica that was originally constructed in the 6th century. The church was enlarged in the 12th century on donations made by king of England Richard I the Lionheart during his trips to the Holy Land. His ship was wrecked near island of Lokrum close to Dubrovnik. He thanked God by donating money to construction of a new Romanesque church. However Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary was badly damaged in 1667 earthquake that destroyed most of the buildings in Dubrovnik. However main altar polyptych of Titian (circa 1552) was miraculously saved from destruction. New Cathedral was re- built in 1713 in a Baroque style. Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is famous as a resting place of Saint Blaise, patron saint of Dubrovnik. There is also a small exposition of religious works of art that numbers of 200 artifacts of religious art of significant cultural and artistic value.

The cathedral was damaged by Serb shelling during the siege of Dubrovnik (1991) in the course of Yugoslavian Civil War. Today restoration have been completed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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