Monastery of St. Francis Assisi

Zadar, Croatia

The Monastery of St. Francis Assisi in Zadar, along with a church of the same name, was built around 1221. It was consecrated on October 12, 1282 by bishop Lovro Periandar. Throughout the centuries of its history the monastery was the focal point of religious life in the city of Zadar. It was also home to the Franciscan school, precursor to today's University of Zadar. It had rich picture gallery as well as a collection of codices and parchments. In this monastery Saint Jakov of Zadar was first ordained.

The church and monastery lie in the western part of the city. The church is the oldest Gothic church in Dalmatia. The inside is relatively plain. Behind the main altar dating from 1672 lies what was once a shrine and inside choir seats richly decorated with fretwork in gothic style from 1394 by Giacomo da Borgo Sansepolcro.

The sacristy, which follows from the choir area, is important in Croatian history, as in 1358 the Venetian Republic and the Hungarian-Croatian king Louis I signed the Treaty of Zadar in which the Venetians gave up their Dalmatian holdings.

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Founded: 1221
Category: Religious sites in Croatia

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Angel sanz rodriguez (12 months ago)
Under construction, like many buildings in Zagreb...
Владислав Цанков (4 years ago)
The view from the square of the Zagreb Cathedral to the Catholic Church of St. Francis is unique!
Tomislav Turkalj (5 years ago)
It is a monastery "" where one can hear Croatian jal, "" how the Croats died for their state from King Tomislav, well, the December Victims, the Homeland War.
Mijo Mijatović (5 years ago)
A nice place for me personally. Who wants to go to Mass and find peace. I go to confession there for both Christmas and Easter. Confession lasts from morning to evening, several priests confess, and you get your turn quickly, so you can receive communion right away. Afterwards, take a short walk to the square and drink some coffee with your family and relatives.
Tin Kojundzic (5 years ago)
In the shadow of the Zagreb Cathedral, among the canonical curia at Kaptol, stands a Franciscan monastery, one of the oldest in Croatia. According to an unconfirmed tradition, its founding is related to the residence of St. Francis in our region. The Franciscans most likely settled in Zagreb before the invasion of the Tatars (1242), perhaps in a former Benedictine monastery. Upon the departure of the Tatars, they built a new church, an early Gothic, preaching, one-nave, court-room with a long bark, as the sanctuary of the present-day church reveals. The Zagreb monastery first belonged to the Hungarian province of Sv. Mary was the center of the Zagreb Custody, which included monasteries in Zagreb, Virovitica, Nasice, Pozega, Kostajnica, and in the place of "Gurbonich", today Kloštar Podravski, from the end of the 14th to the mid-16th centuries. In the mid-17th century, this monastery became central to the Illyrian Custody of Sts. Ladislav, King ”, established in 1655 and soon central in the province of the same name. At the end of the 19th century it was again the seat of the so-called. The Commissariat of the Province of Sts. Ladislava (1897-1899), and since 1900 the seat of the Provinces of the Croatian Franciscan Province. The Franciscans at Kaptol are deeply embedded in the church life of Zagreb. Their church is a religious center for all ages, especially high school and university students, the site of catechumens and a meeting place for Franciscan evangelistic seminars. It is the abode of both our seminary students (1951-1964, again since 1981) and young Franciscans studying at the Theological College in Zagreb. In addition, the Franciscan monastery manages the monthly "Brother Francis" (since 1982) and runs the provincial publishing library of the same name. Since 1900, the provincial administration has been located here.
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