Dakovo Cathedral

Đakovo, Croatia

The Đakovo Cathedral or Cathedral basilica of St. Peter is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Đakovo-Osijek.

Đakovo Cathedral is the biggest sacral newly built building of Croatian historicism. The St. Peter Cathedral in Đakovo is the town's most famous landmark and the most important sacral object.

The cathedral was built 1866-1882 under Josip Juraj Strossmayer, who was the bishop of the Catholic diocese of Đakovo and Srijem. The architects of the cathedral are Carl Roesner and Friedrich von Schmidt from Vienna. Fresco paintings depicting scenes from the Old Testament in the nave and the New Testament scenes from the life of St Peter in the chancel were executed by the Roman painters of German origin Alexander Maximillian and Lodovico Seitz, except for two frescoes which were painted by Achille Ansiglioni. The scenes from the life of St Peter were partially made according to the drawings created for Đakovo Cathedral by one of the leading Nazarene painters Friedrich Overbeck.

The landscaped park from the 19th century near the bishop's palace is a horticultural monument under special protection as well as the nearby Small Park (Mali Park) dating from the turn of the 19th/20th century.



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Founded: 1866-1882
Category: Religious sites in Croatia

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4LPHA C-OPS (2 months ago)
It was great! One of the beat Structures I have seen in Croatia!
Nikola Kudrna (5 months ago)
Absolutely magnificent cathedral of East Croatia (Slavonia). Both inside and outside sights are breathtaking and big square in front of it just magnifies the might. Maybe one of the most beautiful architectural sites in Croatia. As of city Đakovo, it is cozy and beautiful slavonian town.
Vladimir Marinović Martini (10 months ago)
Must visit in Croatia! One of most beautiful Cathedral.
JUZER KAPADIA (10 months ago)
In medieval times this town was known by the name of Civitas Dyaco, and later as Castrum Dyaco. Late in the 13th century it became a bishopric, and its influence extended over most of Slavonia and Bosnia. Conquered and destroyed by the Turks in 1536, it became a Muslim entre and a mosque was built. After Turkish rule, the city was renovated. Only the mosque, at the end of the central avenue, was retained. It was converted into the parish church of All Saints (Svi Sveti) in the 18th century. The central square is dominated by the Cathedral of St Peter (Sv. etar), built between 1866 and 1882 by Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer; the project was the work of the Viennese architects Karl Rösner and Friedrich von Schmidt. The imposing façade is flanked by two 84-m (275- ft) belfries. The interior has frescoes by Maksimilijan and Ljudevit Seitz, sculptures by Ignazio Donegani and Tomas Vodcka and decorations by Giuseppe Voltolini from the 19th century. The crypt houses the tombs of the bishops Strossmayer and Ivan de Zela. Next to the church is the 18th-century Bishop’s Palace, which has an ornate Baroque doorway. The Festival of Embroidery of Ðakovo (Ðakovački Vezovi) is held at the beginning of July with displays of traditional local costumes, folk dancing and wine tasting.
Dražen Jakopović (11 months ago)
It's beautifuly for visit with great history
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