Franciscan Monastery

  Šetalište put Križa 15      +385 21 741 193     21 Jun 2024
Occupying a promontory on the eastern side of Hvar's bay, the Franciscan Monastery took shape in the 15th and 16th centuries thanks to donations from Venetian war-galley captains and Hvar nobles, notably poet Hanibal Lucić. An arcaded cloister with chunky stone well-head is overlooked by a graceful belfry topped by an octagonal spire. Inside, the monastery is a treasure-trove of sacral art. The monastery church contains an unusual stone screen, presumed to have separated noble worshippers from commoners. Adorning the high altar behind it stands a lively polyptich by Benedetto di Santacroce. Among the noble gravestones on the church floor is one belonging to the Lucić family, recognizable by the fleur-de-lis and bird's wing on its crest. Leandro Bassano's Christ on the Cross looms over a side altar. The monastery's museum holds a small but spectacular picture gallery, its dazzling exhibits ranging from 15th-century Cretan icons to the massive, eight-metre-long Last Supper attributed to Matteo Ponzoni, pupil of Palma the Younger. Filled with animated figures engaged in earnest conversation, it's a suitably dramatic portrayal of a famously dramatic dinner.


Open 09:00 - 15:00 / 17:00 - 19:00. Closed Sun.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 7€


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