St. Vitus Cathedral

Rijeka, Croatia

The St. Vitus Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Rijeka. In the Middle Ages, the Church of St. Vitus was a small and one-sided, romanesque church dedicated to the patron saint and protector of Rijeka. It had a semi-circular apse behind the altar, and covered porch. With the arrival of the Jesuits in Rijeka, the Cathedral as we see it today was founded in 1638. First, it became the Jesuits' church. When the town of Rijeka became the center of the diocese, and then in 1969 the center of the archbishopric and metropolit, the representative Jesuit's Church of St. Vitus became the Cathedral of Rijeka. It’s a rotunda, which is unusual in this part of Europe, with elements of Baroque and Gothic, including fine baroque statuary inside. The cathedral is depicted on the reverse of the Croatian 100 kuna banknote, issued in 1993 and 2002.

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Founded: 1638
Category: Religious sites in Croatia

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Jana Vukicevic (8 months ago)
Phenomenal church. Only one hexagonal in the area. Took about 100 y to finish building. Has nice myths connected to it.
stephanie graham (2 years ago)
This is an interesting site to visit. It's very easy to find and it's centrally located. You can wander the ruins in a few minutes. Also, there's an out door cafe just above that you can enjoy a snack while you take in the history.
Marko Dilberovic (2 years ago)
A marvellous building and a really big one. We couldn't get in but we observed it from the outside and read the info table. Worth walking to it.
Barbara Grdinic (2 years ago)
If you like barocco/baroque this is for you
Dado Dadodado (2 years ago)
The St. Vitus Cathedral (Croatian: Katedrala Svetog Vida) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Rijeka, Croatia. The cathedral as we see it today was founded in 1638. First, it became the Jesuits' church. When the town of Rijeka became the center of the diocese, and then in 1969 the center of the archbishopric and metropolit, the representative Jesuit's Church of St. Vitus became the Cathedral of Rijeka. It’s a rotunda, which is unusual in this part of Europe, with elements of Baroque and Gothic, including fine baroque statuary inside.
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