Church of St. Euphemia

Rovinj, Croatia

The Church of St. Euphemia is a Baroque church located in the heart of the historic part of Rovinj, Croatia, dominating the town.

This three-nave church was built in 1736 over the remains of older, early Christian structures. The dedication was originally to Saint George, later to Saints George and Euphemia; the present building is dedicated to Euphemia only. Its façade dates from 1883.

The relics of Saint Euphemia are preserved in a Roman sarcophagus from the sixth century (but adapted in the 15th century). The church contains several treasures and works of art: Gothic statues from the 15th century, paintings from the 16th and the 17th centuries: Last Supper and Christ in the Gethsemane.

The bell tower resembles the tower of St Mark's Basilica in Venice. It was built during 1654–1680, to the plans by Antonio Manopola. On top of this 60 m-high tower stands the statue of Saint Euphemia, serving as a wind vane.



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Founded: 1736
Category: Religious sites in Croatia

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ugur (3 years ago)
the view is really beautiful. It is possible to reach by car. Nice quiet spot to fly drone.
Daria Wojciechowska (3 years ago)
I’m not going to scare you, but I’m an architect and I have to write this because my ethics tells me to do so. When you come to church there is a man sitting and selling you tickets for 20kn to the entrance for the tower. They take no responsibility for your health (there is a notice just after you enter a ladder). They don’t tell you that there aren’t any steps. They don’t tell you anything, just charge you for 20kn. There is a path - a 60m ladder you have to climb and it’s really dangerous not only because it’s bad technical condition (wood is old, rotten in many places also beams) but also that you have no support - handrail/barrier is on one side and it’s attached to the old beam. There is no handrail attached to the tower’s wall. It should be replaced with new steel staircase.. really I was scared of mine and other people’s life while going up and down. Don’t go there until they do something, because there is a possibility of an accident, any time.
Barabási Richárd (3 years ago)
Good place but nothing special inside the church. The view from up there is spectacular and a must visit.
Luca Steiner (3 years ago)
The church is nice, and view is amazing from up there. But if you decide to go to the tower, consider that it is super high, so if you have fear of height, stay downstairs. Seriously. The stairs are old, narrow, and wider than I expected, so for me it was scary, especially with the huge spaces between the steps. The church itself worth a visit, I liked it. (:
Loke Espen (3 years ago)
The Church of St. Euphemia is a Baroque church located in the heart of the historic part of Rovinj. The bell tower is 60 m high. When you climb to the top of the bell tower, you will discover a beautiful view of Rovinj and its surroundings.
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