Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

Heritage by Type / Christian religious centre

The Church of the Assumption of Mary

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The Church of the Assumption of Mary

About the site

Corridor: Via Adriatica
Country: Croatia, Island of Rab
Type: Christian religious centre
Epoch: Middle Ages
World Heritage:
Middle AgesChristian religious centre

At the end of Gornje Street, alongside the convent built on a cliff, which steeply drops into the sea, is the Church of the Assumption of Mary, the Cathedral. Its construction began in 1118. It was dedicated in 1177 by Pope Alexander III. This is a luxurious Romanesque basilica, and attention is drawn to the altar with ciborium from the 8th century, the Late Gothic choir seat and the statue of St. Christopher from the 12th century. The bell tower of the basilica is separate from the Cathedral and dominates the town, and is considered to be among the most lovely examples of the late Romanesque in Croatia.

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