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St. Vitus Cathedral

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Address: Grivica 11, Rijeka 51000, Croatia
Phone Number: +385 51 330 879
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Rijeka’s St. Vitus Cathedral is the only Baroque rotunda of monumental...

Rijeka’s St. Vitus Cathedral is the only Baroque rotunda of monumental dimensions built on Croatian land. The construction of this church began in 1638 based on the design of the Jesuit architect G. Brian. The eminent Venetian church, Santa Maria della Salute, served as s model. An elevated spot was chosen for the construction of St. Vitus church at the heart of the then medieval urban tissue. Initially there was a small church of the same name located on the same site, dedicated to the city’s patron saint. The Jesuit order, as creator of the project, immediately decided to use the cult of the wooden Magic crucifix from the original church, which popular legend says began to bleed when a certain Petar Lončarić, threw a stone on it in fear after losing at gambling.

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A distinctive church

The Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, was founded in 1638 by Jesuits. It is a very distinctive building, in a round shape which was unusual for this part of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 September 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

The cathedral, as we see it today was first a Jesuits’ church and it was built upon their arrival in Rijeka in the first half of the seventeenth century. It was raised to the category of a cathedral when that city became the centre of the diocese and in 1969 that of the archbishopric. It has the shape of a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

If you have 150Kc in your pocket go visit the South Tower of this cathedral. I've been to many towers and this one is one of the best, especially if you're a bit scared of heights as I am! This tower feels safe and sturdy and will give you amazing 360 degrees views of Prague! :)

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

as a history ; this cathedral have a nice stories maybe ; but the location & the space in front are too small ; my openion it need immediat renovation from outside & inside .

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Thank maher629
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

the cathedral is closed most of the time, except on sunday mornings (mass time) and for organised groups. you can see the exterior, which isn't all that mind boggling. once you actually manage to see the interior do remember: it's not allowed to take photos. for the life of me I can't understan why

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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

This is very nice round jesuit s church with very special crucifiction. There exists story about card player who loosing begin to curse and throw stone to crucifiction. And from left part of Jesus leg blood begins to flow. The space of church is balanced, so you could seat there in calm without praying.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

Not old, not new, not small but not big, interesting shape for a chathedral. If you're not interested in churches this is not a must see. However considerering how small Rijeka downtown is you will probably see the outside anyway.

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Rijeka, Croatia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

The Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, was founded in 1638 by Jesuits. It is a very distinctive building, in a round shape which was unusual for this part of Europe and with elements of gothic and baroque style. The interior is also very interesting with fine stained glass work. The pulpit is a very nice work... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

Step inside and you will be amazed! A mix of Gothic and Baroque, a very interesting mix of two beautiful styles. Call ahead to arrange a tour or to check when mass is.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

THE church in Rijeka, named after the patron saint of the city is often closed to the public (except for mass). It boasts a beautiful combination of Gothic and Baroque architecture and some beautiful stain glass work. If its closed the front door area is beautiful by itself and worth seeing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

I love to visit cathedrals in Europe. They are usually very ornate, and St Vitus is no exception. It doesn't look like much on the outside, but once you go inside, you can see how much care was taken in the creation of every single detail of the interior. It's calm and peaceful inside, almost no matter what is going... More 

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