Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

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This parish church was a cathedral until 1828. when the diocese of Rab was repealed. Recent discoveries of the parts of the architectonic decoration and a nearby baptistery indicate its early Christian origin from the 4th and the 5th centuries. The early Christian singularities, polygonal outer rim of the apse and a few capitals in the colonnade, were preserved in the three-naval basilica.
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Ul. Ivana Rabljanina, Rab Town 51280 Croatia
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Tucson17,887 contributions
Jul 2022
From the Square of Liberty, we came upon this lovely Medieval church but all we could do was pop our camera in the door and take photos. On a Wednesday (our day of visit), no one was there to collect the fee and allow admittance. Do they ever?

It is our understanding that the skull of St. Christopher lies in the reliquary and all we have is blind faith upon which to place that belief. All the more reason to secure the site and not allow anyone one unattended. That is a precious relic.

The origins of the church date back to the 4th and 5th centuries. It is Romanesque (as so much else that was done in that era), and a lovely statue of St. Christopher stands outside the church. He holds a small child on his shoulder as he crosses water.

After a quick peek through church gates (no admittance into the church, remember?), we enjoyed the surrounding views from the neighboring Liberty Square Plaza down into the awesome blue water.

As a note, over time, the church has been through many iterations and face-lifts with countless sanctioned alterations. Fortunately, the Town of Rab has saved and preserved what is left of this lovely relic from the past. May she long endure!

The sculpture of a representation of the "Pieta" at the top of the church entry is strikingly reminiscent of the Gaudi-Barcelona creation where the death of Christ is done with all the primitive elements he could bring to represent the profound pain. This particular Jesus shows his spear wounds to us and his Mother Mary holds his body as though in shock. Mother Mary lovingly supports his neck and holds his body's arm.

Views here are amazing, Even if not interested in church art and history, this location and church are fantastic locations to drink in the local flavor.
Written 22 October 2022
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Anna240
Toulouse, France149 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
One of the problems in this trip is to get inside the churches,rushing in before a service,into many times a hostile area which is understable as the locals feel we should respect the space,but for us you just want to retreat so the outside looks well maintained but inside hostile
Written 6 November 2019
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Holidays_R_Us35
Bristol, UK173 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We climbed up St Mary's bell tower on our last night in Rab - wow!!!The view from the top was amazing. The climb up was little challenging as there are about 7 or 8 flights of wooden and metal stairs which are very steep so not for the faint-hearted and sensible footwear advised. We missed the sunset but when we return we will definitely catch as it would be a spectacular sight. Wouldn't have missed it ❤
Written 13 June 2019
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Dale63
Italy3,329 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Probably built in the 4th century as an early Christian church, to be adapted into a Romanesque style church and consecrated by Pope Alexander III in the 12th century. It was last renovated in the 15th century. Ciborium above the main altar combines a variety of architectural styles, which is why the church has great significance. The front of the canteen is decorated with marble statue of St. Christopher with a child on his shoulders walking through water.
Nice to see in Rab town!
Written 2 November 2018
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Ivana K
39 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Wonderful view of the city Rab and the sea...ticket is 2€, definetly worth visiting...but, if you are scared of height, be careful.
Written 4 July 2018
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MaksimirDuda
Zagreb, Croatia172 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
This cathedral has the nicest view from the tower I have seen in a long time. It is a little bit scary to go to the top (especially the end od the stairs), but once you get there, it was worth doing it.
Written 21 August 2017
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Miha P
Maribor, Slovenia8,894 contributions
Oct 2016 • Business
The building has the best position on the top of the town. There is a range of six or even more different big or small churches. Cathedral is old Romanesque construction with some older remains and improvements of all periods till today. Some interesting sculptures (Christ on cross), some works of Andrija Aleši and interesting treasury with skull of Christopher. You can buy some souvenirs and books in different languages.
Written 17 October 2016
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Eva Š
22 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
Nice historical place in the centre of Rab with great view. The entrance is possible in the morning 10 -12 a.m. and then 7. 30-10 p.m., 15 kuna /adult. Children don't pay. My children (6 and 9) were a bit scared on the last stairs but everything was forgoten on the top of tower.
Written 28 August 2016
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Sheena J
11 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
A taste of history at this 12thC cathedral building set at the summit of the town. There is a separate belfry with amazing views
Written 16 August 2016
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Michael B
Torquay, UK574 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
This 12th. Century Parish Church, originally the Cathedral of Rab, built in Romanesque style and on the upper street in the old town is well worth visiting. The highlight though for us was the 26 metre high bell tower which you can climb to the top for amazing 360 degree views of the town, harbour and out to sea. The climb however is not for the faint hearted, four stories up steep wooden stairs, the final tier up a small metal ladder and then through a small stone opening to the outside terrace. It is worth though as the photo opportunities are amazing. There is a small cost of 15 Kunas, about £1.70, for the entrance fee.
Written 14 June 2016
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