Cathedral of Assumption

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Cathedral of Assumption was built on the beginning of a 7th and enlarged in the 12th century. It is believably funded by a gift from ‘England’s King Richard I, the Lionheart, who was rescued from a ship sinking on the nearby island of Lokrum. The first cathedral was destroyed in the big earthquake in 1667, and its baroque replacement was completed in 1713.

The cathedral is well-known for its well-made altars, especially the altar of St John of Nepomuk which is built of violet marble. The most impressive of its holy paintings is the polyptych of the Assumption of the Virgin, by 16th-century Venetian painter Titian.

Cathedral’s treasury is located left of the main altar. Trickling in silver and gold, it holds relics of St Blaise as well as over 150 other reliquaries mainly made in the workshops of Dubrovnik’s goldsmiths between the 11th and 17th centuries.

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