Highlights - Dubrovnik Cruise Port

Major Attractions and Sites

Overview

The old fortified city of Dubrovnik is in itself the main highlight to visit when calling at this cruise port in the Mediterranean. A small medieval town, impeccably preserved despite natural and manmade disasters (earthquakes, fires, wars), it has a number of sites that the cruise traveller must not miss. The central street (Stradum or Placa) that crosses the city is one of the most impressive in the World, along with landmarks like the Onofrio’s Fountain, the Sponza Palace, the Luža Square with its Clock Tower, and the Forts Revelin, Lovrijenac and St. John’s.

But besides these landmarks, the cruise ship traveller has the possibility to see almost every single highlight during the time your ship will call at the port of Dubrovnik, including museums, landmarks, churches, monasteries and even the aquarium. On this page, eight of the best attractions and sites are highlighted.

Cathedral
(Katedrala)

Editor Points: The Dubrovnik Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Cathedral officially named "Church of Assumption of the Virgin Mary' and is the seat of the Diocese of Dubrovnik. It is in the exact location where many former cathedrals have stood, which over the years were destroyed and rebuilt. Within the walls, you find the Cathedral Treasury, containing 138 silver and gold reliquaries made by local goldsmiths in the 11th and 17th century, along with relics of St Blaise. An interesting fact or maybe just legend is that King Richard the Lionhearted was shipwrecked and rescued in Dubrovnik, and he was the one who financed the very first Cathedral. It is said that he donated the funds needed to build upon the ruins of a seventh-century basilica that stood there. Viewing the relics of St. Blaise, which include the gold-plated skull, arm and leg of the saint make it worth the visit for the cruise traveller.

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Dubrovnik Cathedral

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NOTES: Mass: Daily at 7:30 am and 6:00 pm | Sunday at 9:00 am, 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.

WHERE: Historical City - CONTENT
Entrance: 20 kunas (Treasury)
Open: Monday to Saturday - 08:00 am to 5:00 pm | Sunday - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed: NA
Address Držićeva poljana
Phone: +385 (20) 32 34 59
Website: NA

Rector's Palace
(Knežev Dvor)

Editor Points: A beautiful building, the Rector’s Palace is a Gothic-Renaissance style building that served as the residence of Dubrovnik’s Republic Rector. In 1435, the original 13th century and not so pretty building of stone was demolished when the gunpowder stored inside exploded. Today’s Gothic-Venetian style palace was built in its place, only to encounter the same fate, and explosion just 28 years later. What you will visit today, is the remains of the second palace, with remodeling to what survived the explosion. Today, the cruise ship traveler can visit the Cultural History Museum which is housed in the palace - exhibiting the arsenal, courtroom and prison cells along with works of art, paintings, a numismatic and watch collections, historical costumes and domestic objects.

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Rector's Palace

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NOTES: Joint ticket includes entry to Rector’s Palace, Maritime Museum, Ethnographic Museum Rupe, Revelin Fortress archaeological exhibit, House of Marin Držić, Dubrovnik Art Gallery, Natural History Museum and Dulčić, Masle, Pulitika Gallery.

WHERE: Historical City - At the east end of the Stradum.
Prices: 100 kunas - Joint ticket, see notes.
Open: Winter (November 3 / March 21) - 9.00 am to 4.00 pm (every day) | Summer (March 22 / November 2): - 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (every day)
Closed: December 25, January 1 and February 3 (St Blaise’s Day).
Address Pred Dvorom 1
Phone: +385 (20) 32 14 97
Website: Visit Official Site
Nearby: Cathedral, Sponza Palace, Church of St. Blaise, Dominican Monastery and Museum, Onofrio's Smal Fountain, Luža Square Clock Tower.

Franciscan Monastery Museum
(Franjevački Samostan)

Editor Points: Housed in the Franciscan Monastery is the most valuable library in all of Croatia and, of equal interest, a fantastic apothecary dating back to 1317 - you will be told that this is the oldest working pharmacy in all Europe today. If the cruise traveler is looking for an ancient potion or herb, they are still dispensed here. Also on display is the old laboratory equipment, with scales and mortars. Inside the monastery, you will discover a 14th-century cloister, a beautiful Romanesque structure, with columns topped by what appears to be human heads, floral arrangements, and animals. Throughout the monastery you can find many an ex-vuoto collection of jewelry, pieces of fine art along with historical pieces and a head relic of St. Ursula dating to the 14th century.

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Franciscan Monastery

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WHERE: Historical City - West end, by Pile Gate, at the start of the Stradum.
Prices: 30 kunas
Open: Summer (last Sunday/week in March - last Sunday/week in October) - 9.00 am to 6.00 pm | Winter - 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Closed: December 25, January 1 and February 3 (St Blaise’s Day).
Address Placa 2
Phone: +385 (20) 32 14 10
Nearby: Pile Gate, Big Onofrio's Fountain, St. Saviour's Church.

Dominican Monastery Museum
(Dominikanski Samostan)

Editor Points: When you view this structure, you are viewing the city's first multi-functional projects. It served as the residence for the 14th century Dominican congregation, but at the same time was the defensive position of the city wall for the northeastern flank of the city. Built in the traditional Gothic-Renaissance style of the times it is a place to view a rich collection of artworks including the recently restored Tizian painting of St. Blaise, and by Dubrovnik's painting schools of the 15th and 16th centuries (namely by Nikola Bozidarević, Mihajilo, Hamzić and Dobric Dobričević). On display, the cruise traveler will aslo have the opprtunity to view votive jewellery, relics, manuscripts, incunabula and valuable documents. The original structure was built in 1315, and after its destruction in 1667, was totally rebuilt to its present state. Climb the impressive stairway to the entry to the church where you view a statue of St. Dominic and the 15th-century Gothic cloister.

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Dominican Monastery

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NOTES: Daily Mass at 07:00 am and 7:00 pm |Sunday Mass at 08:30 am and 7:00 pm.

WHERE: Historical City - At the east end of the Stradum.
Prices: 30 kunas
Open: Summer (1 May to 31 October) - 9.00 am to 6.00 pm | Winter - 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Closed: December 25, January 1 and February 3 (St Blaise’s Day).
Address Sv. Dominika 4
Phone: +385 (20) 32 14 23
Website: NA
Nearby: Cathedral, Sponza Palace, Church of St. Blaise, Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Small Fountain, Luža Square Clock Tower.

Church of St. Blaise
(Crkva Svetog Vlaha)

Editor Points: Built between 1705 and 1717, this Baroque church, named after the protector saint of the city, is perhaps the most beloved of Dubrovnik's people. The church was built on the site of a 14th-century Romanesque church that had survived the earthquake in 1667 but was totally destroyed by fire in 1706. Incredibly a silver statue of St. Blaise remained intact in the sacristy, which was at the time considered a miracle. The cruise ship traveler shouldn't miss the to opportunity appreciate the marble altar sculpted by Marino Groppelli (also the architect of the church) and the golden statue of St. Blaise or “Sv. Vlaho”, who is holding in his hand a model of the city.

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Church of St. Blaise

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WHERE: Historical City - At the east end of the Stradum.
Prices: FREE
Open: Weekdays - 07:00 am to noon and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Sunday - 07:00 am to 1:00 pm | Open in August from 07:00 am to midnight
Closed: NA
Address Luža Square 3
Nearby: Cathedral, Sponza Palace, Rector's Palace, Dominican Monastery and Museum, Onofrio's Smal Fountain, Luža Square Clock Tower.

City Walls
(Gradske Zidine)

Editor Points: When visiting Dubrovnik it is a must to walk above the city along the City Walls, for a view of the colorful buildings, city life as well as awesome views of the ocean. These world famous magnificent walls were created between the 13th and 16th centuries, however in actuality, the first fortifications were created back in the 8th century. With towers along the way are works of art, and create endless possibilities for photos. Walking this wall surrounding the city of Dubrovnik which is some 1 ¼ mile in length, you get to see this beautiful city from many angles, and the people as well as tourists in restaurants, shopping or going about their daily lives. The walls built to protect the city from the Turks, and over the years, additional new towers were added to give more strength to the existing forts. These walls are considered to be some of the greatest fortifications built during the Middle Ages, and to this day have never been breached by any foreign invader. When you plan to make this incredible walk, try to give yourself an hour or more because you will find yourself constantly stopping in amazement, and compelled to take photos of the sights here.

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City Wall

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WHERE: Historical City - the walls surround the city with different entrances and exits.
Entrance: €10.00
Open: April 1 to May 31 - 8:00 am to 6:30 pm | June 1 to July 31 - 8:00 am to 7:30pm | August 1 to September 30 - 8:00 am to 6:30pm | October 1 to October 31 - 8:00 am to 5:30pm
Closed: November to March
Address Different Entrances / Locations
Website: Visit Official Site

NOTES: The entrance ticket is also valid for Fort Lovrjenac. If visitors first buy entrance tickets for Fort Lovrjenac at the price of 30 kunas, they will have to pay an additional 40 kunas for the city walls.

Aquarium and Maritime Museum
(Pomorski Muzej)

Editor Points: The Dubrovnick Aquarium and Maritime Museum is located on the first floor of St John’s Medieval Fortress, (Sveti Ivan) and is perfect for the cruise ship traveler traveling with children. Here you can view the many species from the Adriatic Sea in the 27 tanks featuring everything from lobster and eels to seahorses, octopus, and coral. A walk aournd the Maritime Museum brings insight into the importance of the sea and maritime trade to Dubrovnik.

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Aquarium

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NOTES: Joint ticket includes entry to Rector’s Palace, Ethnographic Museum Rupe, Revelin Fortress, House of Marin Držić, Dubrovnik Art Gallery, Natural History Museum and Dulčić, Masle, Pulitika Gallery..

WHERE: Historical City - East end, close to the old harbor, on St John’s fortress.
Prices: 100 kuna - Joint ticket, see notes below.
Open: Winter (3 November – 21 March) - 9.00 am to 4.00 pm | Summer (22 March – 2 November) - 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Closed: Mondays, December 25, January 1 and February 3 (St Blaise’s Day).
Address Za Karmenom 1
Phone: +385 (20) 32 39 04
Website: Visit Official Site
Nearby: Old Port, Cathedral, Sponza Palace, Church of St. Blaise, Dominican Monastery and Museum, Onofrio's Smal Fountain, Luža Square Clock Tower.

Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola
(Crkva Sv. Ignacija)

Editor Points: On the south side of the Gundulić Square, as you venture up Jesuit Street, you will find yourself facing a set of Baroque steps, designed by Pietro Passalacqua and reminiscent of Rome’s Spanish Steps. These lead to a wonderful square where the cruise ship traveler will find the largest house of worship in Dubrovnik, the Jesuit Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and next to the facade the building of the Jesuit Collegium (Collegium Ragusinum). The church is the work of famous architect and also painter, Ignazio Pozzo, between 1699-1703. The magnificent church was completed in 1725 and the interior was decorated with trompe l’oeil Baroque frescos by Spanish artist Gaetano Garcia depicting scenes from the life of St Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuit order. Also, in the church belfry is a cast iron bell from 1355.

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Church of St. Ignatius

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NOTES: Mass in English is held on Sundays at 11:00 am.

WHERE: Historical City - East end, south side of Gundulić Square.
Prices: FREE
Open: Daily 9:00 am to noon and 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Address Poljana Ruđera Boškovića
Phone: +385 (20) 32 35 00
Nearby: Old Port, Aquarium and Maritime Museum, Cathedral, Sponza Palace, Church of St. Blaise, Dominican Monastery and Museum, Onofrio's Smal Fountain, Luža Square Clock Tower.
Highlights Photos

Cathedral

Photo of Cathedral in the Dubrovnik Cruise Ship Port

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Interior

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Cathedral Square

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Cathedral Square


Rector's Palace

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Courtyard


Franciscan Monastery

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Cloister

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Lateral Door

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Museum Entrance


Dominican Monastery

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Main Entrance

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Stairs to Entrance


Church of St. Blaise

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Facade


Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola

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Interior - Altar

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Last Update: January 21, 2018

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