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Croatia  Cloister

Court gardens and special cultivated gardens characterise the surroundings of a lot of monasteries in Croatia. These monasteries have been built in several periods (Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, baroque). Almost each City in Croatia has a monastery or the rests of it.

Below you will find an overview of the most beautiful monasteries of Croatia.

Andreas church en monastery: Rab | This small Romanesque church belongs to a special benedictin monastery which was found in 1118. The clockwork tower (13 th century) is the oldest tower of Rab.

Image1Dominicaner monastery: Stari Grad | This monastery, founded in 1482 and reinforced and rebuilt after a devastated attack by the Turks, has a rich library and a large collection of beautiful paintings. In Stari Grad is also located the international school for painters.

Dominicaner monastery: Dubrovnik | The construction of this monastery started already in 1315 and it became rapidly clear that the walls should be increased because of the scope of the building. After the earthquake of 1667 the monastery was rebuilt. The door, which is the work of Bonino of Milan, has been decorated with a Romanesque picture of H. Dominicus. The different rooms of the monastery accommodates the dominicaner museum (Muzej Dominikanskog Samostana). It contains an extraordinary collection of work from the so-called ' school of Dubrovnik ', among them pieces of the Venetian school ' H. Blasius ', ' Maria Magdalena ', ' the angel Tobias and the buyer of Titiaan, rare reliquaries and objects of gold and silver.

Franciscaner monastery: Makarska | There are two old monasteries in Makarska. One of them is the franciscaner monastery which is built in 1614. This monastery accommodates the mollusc museum, with a collection mollusc shells.

Franciscaner monastery: Dubrovnik | The construction of this monastery started in 1317 and completed in the next century. After the earthquake of 1667 the monastery was almost entirely rebuilt except the southern door from 1499, decorated in Venetian-Gothic style with Pièta. This way it escaped from devastation and remained thereby intact. In the monastery one can see religious art work and objects which belong to the religious community. Also there are instruments of the pharmaceutical laboratory and a beautiful library.

Monastery Antonius Abt: Rab | This monastery and the nearby church are behind the cathedral at the end of the cape.

Justina church and monastery: Rab |
The church and monastery have been dedicated in 1578. The clockwork tower dates from 1672. The church house which now is a museum for dedicated art has a crucifix of king Koloman from 1112. There are also a lot of paintings on wood, among which a piece of Paolo Veneziano (1350).

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