Religious sites in Croatia

Pozega Cathedral

Saint Teresa of Ávila Cathedral in Požega is a beautiful example of Baroque architecture. The cathedral building was funded by Franjo Thauszy, Zagreb bishop, with 80,000 forints that were originally intended for repairs of the Požega fortress, owned by bishop Thauszy at the time. The project was endorsed by empress Maria Theresa in 1754 and building started in 1756. The construction took seven years and bishop Thauszy ...
Founded: 1756-1763 | Location: Požega, Croatia

St. Mary's Church

The Church of St. Mary on Škriljinah is a Gothic church with a portico, a bell gable and a wooden tabulate added. In the church interior there is the Dance of Death scene, one of the most well-known series of frescoes and, along with the Arena in Pula and Euphrasian Basilica, the most recognizable cultural monument of Istria. Frescoes were finished in 1474 by the workshop of Master Vincent from Kastav, of which there is ...
Founded: 15th century | Location: Beram, Croatia

Church of Holy Salvation

The Church of the Holy Salvation is a Pre-Romanesque church and quite important in Croatia, as it is the only pre-schism church constructed with a bell tower which is still standing. It was a large stone church for that period. The church is a one-longitudinal-nave structure with a sanctuary consisting of three apses, in the form of a trefoil. Later, the middle apse was pulled down and substituted by a bigger, recta ...
Founded: 9th century AD | Location: Cetina, Croatia

Krupa Monastery

Krupa monastery is the oldest Orthodox monastery in Croatia. It is located on the southern slopes of the Velebit mountain, halfway between the towns of Obrovac and Knin. The monastery was built in 1317 by monks from Bosnia, with the financial support from the Serbian king Milutin. During their reigns, King Stefan Dečanski and Emperor Dušan renovated the monastery. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the monastery was endow ...
Founded: 1317 | Location: Obrovac, Croatia

St. Mary's Church

The aisled St. Mary"s Church of square ground plan whose lateral walls have been preserved almost to their original height. The size of the church (11x 24 m) indicates a large population of the nearby castrum erecting this edifice in the 5th - 6th centuries. The altar area is two steps higher and is divided from the church nave by a partly preserved triumphal arch. The altar basis is preserved in situ. The atrium of ...
Founded: 5th century AD | Location: Pula, Croatia

Krka monastery

Krka Monastery is the best known monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Croatia and it is officially protected as part of the Krka National Park. The oldest extant mention of the monastery was in 1345, when it is listed as an endowment of princess Jelena Nemanjić Šubić, half-sister of the Serbian emperor Dušan and wife of Mladen III Šubić Bribirski, Croatian duke of Skradin and Bribir. The Catholic monastery w ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Kistanje, Croatia

Church of St. Dunat

Church of St. Dunat was built at the intersection of roads leading to Punat, Krk, Kornić and Vrbnik where the Bay of Punat is most encased in the land, that is, at the bottom of Bay of Punat, by the sea. With the churches in Nin and Zadar, this one is the most important monument of early Croatian architecture. It cannot be determined with certainty when was it constructed. According to some, it was built in the ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Krk, Croatia

St. Juraj Church

Church of Saint Juraj is a true pearl of ancient Croatian sacral architecture and was designed as a enormous sundial and calendar. Experts speculate that it was made between the 9th and 11th century and it is ranked as one of the most beautiful churches alongside other beauties such as Church of Holy Cross in Nin and Saint Pelegrin in Savar. It is preserved in its original form of a semi-cross with a characteristic do ...
Founded: 9th century AD | Location: Jasenice, Croatia

Krasic Church

Originally built in the Gothic style of the late 14th century, this complex of buildings was later reconstructed in Baroque style. From 1911 to 1913, it was rebuilt again and became a church. It is now the Parish church of the Holy Trinity, serving the population of Krašić, which is located near Jastrebarsko, about 50 km southwest of Zagreb. Enthusiastic visitors to the region will also not want to miss the nearby Pribi ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Krašić, Croatia

Kutjevo Abbey

The Cistercian Kutjevo monastery was founded in 1232 as a daughter-house of Zirc Abbey in Hungary, of the filiation of Clairvaux. The Cistercians planted the vineyards, which are still cultivated today. After the Turkish attack of 1521 (or 1529) the monastery was dissolved and subsequently destroyed. In 1689 the monastery estate was granted by Emperor Leopold I to Ivan Babić, a canon of Zagreb, who was named titula ...
Founded: 1232 | Location: Kutjevo, Croatia

Co-Cathedral of the Holy Cross

The Co-Cathedral of the Holy Cross is the co-cathedral of the Diocese of Bjelovar-Križevci. The church is mentioned in written sources as early as 1232. The church was rebuilt over the centuries. In its initial stage is the portal of the 14th century and the present appearance in the Gothic style of the 15th century. Are noticeable late, Renaissance Gothic in the belfry and facade of the sixteenth century and Baroque sty ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Križevci, Croatia

Hollow Church

Close by the Jadro, to the east of Salona, there are remains of churches on the site known for centuries by the local people by the true, descriptive name of Šuplja crkva (Hollow Church). The name originates from the time when here there were walls of an unattended church with a collapsed roof, recorded on the Camuci’s map of 1571. Remains of a three-aisled basilica, dedicated to Ss. Peter and Moses appear to have exis ...
Founded: 11th century | Location: Solin, Croatia

Orahovica Monastery

The Orahovica Monastery is a Serbian Orthodox monastery mentioned in 1583 when it was a seat of the Požega metropolitanate. It is thought to have been built before the end of the 15th century.
Founded: 15th century | Location: Orahovica, Croatia

Cickini

Cickini is an early Christian church constructed in the 6th century AD, maybe at a location of a Roman village that dates to the 1st century. The bishop of Krk used the location as a temporary refuge. It is believed to have been abandoned after the 9th century. In addition to the church there is a 2,500 sq meter residential complex that has yet to be excavated. The remains of church was discovered in 2002. A small museum ...
Founded: 6th century AD | Location: Malinska-Dubašnica, Croatia

Cathedral of the Annunciation

The Cathedral of the Annunciation of Mary was built between 1781 and 1783 in Baroque style. During the Yugoslav Wars on September 15, 1991, the church burned down: the roof and the top of the tower burned completely, while the interior of the church was damaged by fire. The reconstruction began in 1992 and ended in 1999. On May 25, 2000, with the Bull 'Ad christifidelium spirituali' Pope John Paul II ere ...
Founded: 1781 | Location: Gospić, Croatia

Lepavina Monastery

Lepavina Monastery is a Serbian Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Presentation of Mary. According to an old local chronicle, the Lepavina monastery was founded around 1550, very soon after the emergence of the first Serbian settlements in this region. A monk from the Hilandar Monastery (on the Athos peninsula, Greece), Jefrem (Ephraim) Vukodabović, together with two monks from Bosnia, built a wooden church here. Howeve ...
Founded: 1550 | Location: Sokolovac, Croatia

Jastrebarsko Monastery

The original monastery in Jastrebarsko was Dominican in the 16th century., but by 1575, the last Dominican had left Jastrebarsko. In 1602, the Franciscans take over the Dominican Monastery. In 1704, the construction of the monastery begins. The entire structure was built in the form of early Baroque architecture, building the old Dominican structure into the new church and monastery, and the original Gothic structures are ...
Founded: 1704 | Location: Jastrebarsko, Croatia

Dragovic Monastery

Serbs, settled from Bosnia, built the Dragović Monastery in 1395. In 1480 the Ottoman Turks invaded the region, raided the monastery, and expelled its residents. For full twenty years it was abandoned, until restored and renewed. Forced by the hard times of Ottoman-conquered southern Croatia with lack of supplies, five monks left to Hungary and founded Monastery Grabovac in 1555. In 1590, a year of famine, the monks aban ...
Founded: 1395 | Location: Vrlika, Croatia

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Medieval Walls of Avila

The city walls of Avila were built in the 11th century to protect the citizens from the Moors. They have been well maintained throughout the centuries and are now a major tourist attraction as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can walk around about half of the length of the walls.

The layout of the city is an even quadrilateral with a perimeter of 2,516 m. Its walls, which consist in part of stones already used in earlier constructions, have an average thickness of 3 m. Access to the city is afforded by nine gates of different periods; twin 20 m high towers, linked by a semi-circular arch, flank the oldest ones, Puerta de San Vicente and Puerta del Alcázar.